Dear Community Members,
Load shedding is a reality that is not to disappear overnight, and it was just now announced that Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from today, the 27th of October 2021.
According to the Eskom website, “Stage 4 load shedding means that up to 4000MW of capacity needs to be shed.
Consumers can expect to be shed up to 12 times over four days for two hours at a time, or 12 times over eight days for four hours at a time.”
Intruder detection systems, as with all battery-backed-up devices, are designed and manufactured to maintain the functionality of such devices, but only for short and realistic periods.
When Load shedding is increased to Stage 3 and 4, with multiple sessions during 24 hours, the capacity of such backup power devices decreases significantly, and unfortunately, so does their life span.
It is important to take note that backup batteries and power supplies require ample time to recharge and this would typically mean that 8 hours of uninterrupted recharge cycle is required to ensure that possible device- or communication failure doesn’t occur.
The mentioned malfunctions typically occur when load shedding is increased and recharge cycles are interrupted.
During and after load shedding, Control Centres get flooded with signals that are caused by power surges and inadequate power supply to alarm systems.
Please assist us to assist you!
– Have your system’s backup batteries replaced regularly, and consider replacing batteries with new gel, as the mentioned lasts longer
– Service your Intruder detection system regularly to minimize technical problems that could occur during load shedding
– Install a backup battery system, supported by a smart charger
– Install a solar solution as to support security system batteries
– If you are fortunate enough to have a generator installed, include the alarm’s power supply to the system
– Please call the Control Centre to cancel the armed response, after an activation caused by load shedding, harsh weather conditions, or user error.
– We need all resources available, to attend to emergencies, and we rely on you, the end-user to assist us during these extremely challenging times.
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Monitor Net Control Centre
0861 117 117
Monitor Net Emergency line
0861 767 633
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