Pathfinder FAQs

Pathfinder Advanced Intrusion Detection

What is the difference between Pathfinder and other intrusion detection systems?

Pathfinder sets itself apart with its accuracy, integration capabilities, and ease of use. Pathfinder sensors don’t require repeaters like most competitors. Radio repeaters add cost, complexity, and time to install. Pathfinder can support “slew to cue” with cameras and “fly to cue” with unmanned aerial systems to get eyes on an intruder instantly. This makes Pathfinder perfect for truly remote, long-haul operations. Unlike sensors that require large external batteries and wires, Pathfinder’s battery is integrated into the sensor, making the Pathfinder’s footprint very small. Design efficiency allows Pathfinder to offer a lower cost solution than other intrusion detection systems.

Can Pathfinder communicate with existing security systems to offer autonomous “slew to cue”?

Yes. ARA provides an interface control document (ICD) to support integration with cameras.

Can Pathfinder differentiate between humans, animals, and vehicles?

Pathfinder has algorithms that specifically detect footsteps and vehicles with high probability of detection and low false alarms rates. The footstep algorithms generally discriminate against animals.

Does rain affect the performance of Pathfinder?

Pathfinder’s algorithms are specifically designed to filter out rain from footstep or vehicle detections.

What is the battery life of Pathfinder sensors?

Pathfinder mini sensors have a duration up to 6 months while Pathfinder XL sensors have a duration up to 24 months. Battery life is based on no more than 50 alerts per day and operations in moderate temperatures. As with any battery-operated technology, high and low temperatures may reduce battery life.

What is the effective range of Pathfinder sensors?

The maximum effective range of Pathfinder sensors depends on the terrain. Typically, the effective range is up to 10km. Elevating the receiver antennae can greatly increase the effective range. A heavy tree canopy environment such as a jungle may reduce the effective range.

How many Pathfinder sensors do I need?

The number of Pathfinder sensors required depends on the size of the area you are protecting and avenues of approach. A Pathfinder specialist will work with your team to determine the number of sensors, as well as the placement of the sensors.

Can ARA provide cameras?

ARA can integrate with video management systems. Please contact us for more information.

Is an FCC license required to operate Pathfinder?

Yes. An FCC license is required for operation in the US. ARA can help you acquire the appropriate license. For use outside of the U.S., it is recommended to check with the appropriate regulating agency. 

What frequencies are available?

For U.S. and international operation, ARA offers six frequencies.