Any discussion surrounding modern home security needs to, at some point, transition to the topic of wireless technology. Wireless technology has become such an infused part of the daily lives of people around the world.  When discussing home security, wireless technology can provide a real difference and as such, it should not be ignored. Today’s discussion will be about home security that exists outside of the home: the driveway. Wireless motion detectors have long been a favorite by homeowners in order to keep their property safe and secure. Now, we are going to discuss how wireless motion detectors can be properly implemented and installed within a driveway by using technology such as that provided by Protect America. We will also take a closer look at some other driveway motion detectors that can be used wirelessly, relying on communication technologies like ZigBee, Z-Wave, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

Why Use a Motion Detector in the Driveway?

In order to properly secure a home, homeowners need to fully realize the security options that are available to them. Companies like Protect America can walk users through the entire process of setting up a home security system, but for the sake of brevity, we will also explain the concept ourselves. This discussion will start by looking at the core aspects of a wireless driveway alarm.

Wireless driveway alarm systems can be the first line of defense for a home security system, scaring off potential criminals while also giving homeowners within and around the surrounding area a visible warning.


Not being familiar with the features of a wireless driveway motion detector can make the entire shopping process seem downright intimidating. In order to offset the difficulty, we will lay out the core concepts that need to be explored during the shopping process.

  • Sensors – Potentially the most important aspect of the driveway alarm is picking out the correct sensor. This is a deep topic that will be covered further on in our discussion.
  • Location – Obviously, these motion detectors will be installed in the driveway. However, they need to be properly seated at the right height with the right view in order to be effective.
  • Wireless Communication – How will the sensors interface with the larger wireless security system? This is where concepts like WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth come to play.
  • Power Options – Finally, how will the motion detector be powered?

Understanding Sensors for Driveway Motion Detectors.

We have laid the groundwork for understanding the different features that are initially important for choosing a motion detector for use as a driveway alarm. Now, with that baseline of knowledge, we can dig deeper into each of these aspects. Let us first look at the importance of the motion detector’s sensor.

Comparing Sensors

Purchasing the right motion detector means looking at the different kind of sensors that are available. There are four primary sensors that will most routinely be implemented: UltrasonicMicrowavePassive IR, and Tomographic.  Ultrasonic is the most common type of sensor used in driveway alarm motion sensors. Microwave sensors are sensitive and prone to false alarms. Tomographic sensors are ideal for high-traffic areas, such as a home in a busy part of the city. Passive IR sensors are energy efficient and operate by detecting heat signals.


Important Aspects to Consider When Shopping

We’ve laid out the importance of driveway motion detectors and we’ve discussed the different features that need to be considered during the shopping phase. Now, homeowners need to take it upon themselves to make a checklist as to what is important to them. Consider the type of wireless technology within the home, the importance of video and audio, and finally, consider getting a consultation done by an experienced home security monitoring company.