IMPORTANT NOTE: This only applies to SiteWatch-PRO1 Series Cameras. SiteWatch-PRO2 users should refer to our SiteWatch-PRO2 Knowledge Base article.
Please ensure that the camera and solar panel are already mounted and working properly before installing the PIR sensor and illuminator (if applicable). For help mounting the camera and solar panel, we recommend reading our Installation Guide and watching our Getting Started Video Series: System Installation video.
Plan the installation location:
Within 100’ of desired motion detection area
Within 50’ of desired IR photography range (if applicable)
12’ of height available
Next, mount the PIR sensor to the pole using the mounting straps. The ideal height for the sensor is 12’ and mounting any lower will reduce detection range significantly. NoteL Mounting below 9’ or above 15’ is not recommended.
(If applicable) Attach the LED Illuminator to the camera using the included bolt. Make sure it is oriented in the same direction as the camera and tighten securely.
Now, plug the LED Illuminator (if applicable) cable into the camera (lower right purple plug) then screw in the connector firmly.
Similarly, plug the PIR Sensor cable into the camera (upper right green plug) and then screw the connector in firmly.
Next, log into SiteCloud to turn on motion triggering (see below) and slowly walk within the detection area, ensuring that the PIR and camera coverage is as desired by inspecting the triggered images. Keep in mind that the PIR retrigger time is ~30 seconds. Adjust camera and PIR alignment as necessary.
And finally, if the LED Illuminator is being used, wait until it is dark, and make sure Night Mode is active then walk within the detection area to obtain sample night images. Be sure to adjust the angle of the LED Illuminator as needed for optimum coverage of the area of interest.
How to Start Motion Triggering and Night Mode
To access the menus to configure Motion Triggering and Night Mode, first navigate to the VIEW page within SiteCloud and select the orange "Tools" icon
and select either “Configure Motion Triggering” or “Configure Night Mode”
Configure Motion Triggering
The Configure Motion Triggering window allows you to set the schedule and actions for the Motion Triggering module. To enable Motion Triggering, check the box next to Motion Triggering Schedule.
You have the option to set multiple schedules by selecting from the drop down and setting the start/stop times, or 24-hours/day, and selecting days of the week for up to 5 schedules. Note: Schedules may not overlap, and changing the resolution on one schedule, changes it on the others.
The Trigger Action options include taking 1 or more still images, recording a video clip or choosing the “nothing” selection which will still result in motion events being recorded on the timeline (and a notification being sent), but no extra images will be captured.
If DVR is running at the time of the motion triggered event, a 30 second DVR clip will be automatically be downloaded and available for export.
“Send Notifications” can be by either email or SMS and are sent upon a motion triggered event. Each schedule can have a different list of people to send notifications to.
If motion triggering is enabled, the Camera Status display will show an amber indicator as shown below.
Configure Night Mode
The SiteWatch-PRO1 models include a night vision camera as well as a color/day camera. This window controls which camera is used at different times, and also determines what illumination will be used.
“Use Night Camera and/or Illuminator” tells the camera when to use the night camera (and the Illumination Control settings). You can specify Never, Always, or select a range of times.
“When in Night Mode, use IR camera” tells the system to use the IR camera when night mode is active per your settings. Note: Situations where you might not want to use the IR camera at night include when there is sufficient ambient light, or you have a -701 series unit with white light LED.
The “When in Night Mode, use Illuminator” setting tells the system to activate the Illuminator upon a motion triggered event.