Frequently asked Questions

What distance does an Askari Scout cover ?

Askari Scout uses two passive infrared sensors that fan out over an area of 110° at a radius of 20 meters. This equates to 2 X 11 beams, one every 10 degrees that will over an area of 400 square meters.


Can dogs/cats set it off?

No, there are two PIR’s (sensors) that need to be triggered before an intruder is recognised. To avoid the animal triggering the Askari Scout you simply install the bottom PIR at the height of the dog’s tail. So no matter how big your animal is, it will never set it off.


Can you have more than one Nano working with the same Askari Scout?

Yes, each Askari Scout carries an individual code, which is learned into the Nano. To set up more than one Nano with a set of Askari Scout, it is simple a procedure of learning the Askari Scout into the Nanos as they are added.


Do you need two Askari Scouts facing each other?

No, Askari Scout is not like the conventional active beams that shine a single beam to a reflector on the other side of your property. Askari Scout picks up heat movement in front of it so you will only need one Askari Scout per area.


Does a plant trigger an Askari Scout?

In most cases plants do not give too many problems, but larger leaves like a palm sitting in direct sunlight may cause false alarms. To solve this, Askari Scout's wireless nature allows you to simply screw it off the wall and relocate it to a different position even if it is just a meter to the left. Blocking off may also eliminate beams and this will allow you to stop the Askari Scout from being triggered by the single problem plant, without having to move it.


How does the Askari Scout System work?

Askari Scout uses two passive infrared sensors that will pick up any heat movement and determine whether it is a human. In order to trigger an Askari Scout you have to break both the top and bottom beam, which minimises false alarms to almost zero. There is an array of 11 beams covering an area of 110° at a radius of 20 meters.


How do you protect the maximum area?

There are only so many entry points to a property and only so many vulnerable spots on your house. The idea is to catch the intruder between the two so that your family may have the crucial seconds to react against the unwelcome visitor before he smashes your window. It is best to have a look at your property and determine where the intruder will come from and where he is going. For example stop him before he gets to your car in your driveway or put an Askari Scout to look after the windows at your bedroom.


How do you switch off an Askari Scout?

It is as simple as pushing the desired zone button on the NANO and the light will go off, indicating that the Askari Scout is now switched off. Do take note though that after a Askari Scout has been triggered, the corresponding light on the NANO will start flashing indicating the zone/s Askari Scout triggered. In this case you have to push the button once first so that the light is solid and once more to switch off the light and the corresponding Askari Scout. To switch it on again press the button again and it will be back on.


How far can the NANO be from the Askari Scout?

All Askari Scouts are tested up to 400 meters away from the NANO line-of-sight.


How long do the batteries last?

Askari Scout uses eight C-size batteries (torch batteries) that will last three to five years although some have lasted up to 8 years. The NANO will alert you when the batteries need replacing by flashing the trouble light.