GB2368956A - Modular Alarm Housing - Google Patents

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GB2368956A
GB2368956A GB0018414A GB0018414A GB2368956A GB 2368956 A GB2368956 A GB 2368956A GB 0018414 A GB0018414 A GB 0018414A GB 0018414 A GB0018414 A GB 0018414A GB 2368956 A GB2368956 A GB 2368956A
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Christopher Johnson
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United Industries Operations Ltd
CHANNEL HOLDINGS Ltd
CQR SECURITY COMPONENTS Ltd
United Ind Operations Ltd
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CHANNEL HOLDINGS Ltd
CQR SECURITY COMPONENTS Ltd
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Abstract

An alarm housing 10 including a back plate (11) and a cover (12) in which the alarm housing 10 is adapted to receive at least one attachment 13 which when attached to the alarm housing 10 changes the shape thereof. Preferably the housing is a bell box for mounting on the outside of a property.

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A HOUSING The present invention relates to a housing. In particular, the present invention relates to an alarm housing.

Many alarm systems associated with properties include an alarm housing, usually referred to as a bell box.

Generally, such bell boxes house a flashing light, usually in the form of a strobe light, and/or a siren which is/are actuated on detection of an intruder.

In use, such bell boxes are usually placed on the outside of the property so that they are visible such that, on activation, persons in the vicinity of the bell box are aware that the alarm has in fact been activated, that is, on hearing the siren and/or seeing the flashing light.

As will be appreciated by those skilled in the art, particularly those involved in manufacturing, such bell boxes or alarm housings, are manufactured in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, a particular shape is distinctive of a particular alarm supplier.

One of the major problems associated with the manufacture of such bell boxes is that if a different shape of box is required, then a different mould, from which the desired shape is obtainable, will need to be used. In this connection, the task of having to remove the previous mould from the production line to replace same with a mould of different shape is fairly time consuming and as such, decreases the efficiency of the manufacturing process. Additionally, the costs associated with designing and developing a different mould are fairly substantial.

According to the present invention there is provided an alarm housing including a backplate and a cover characterised in that the alarm housing is adapted to receive at least one attachment, which when attached to the alarm housing changes the shape thereof.

It is believed that for the first time, the present invention provides a universal or basic alarm housing from which different shaped alarm housings can be easily constructed without the need for differently shaped moulds. In this connection, it is believed that an alarm housing in accordance with the present invention at least addresses the problems outlined above in that a production line can be set up to make the basic unit from which many different shaped alarm housings can be made, that is, it is believed that an alarm apparatus in accordance with the present invention dispenses with the need of having to change the mould present in the production line each time a different shaped alarm housing is required. Additionally, it is believed that an alarm housing in accordance with the present invention offers the consumer more choice, that is, the consumer can decide as to the desired shape and/or desired functions of the alarm housing by simply purchasing the appropriate attachment (s) or add-on (s).

In a preferred embodiment, the alarm housing includes a backplate which includes a flat base with upstanding walled portions rising from the sides thereof, and a cover which is connectable thereto. Alternatively, it is to be understood that the alarm housing may include a cover with downwardly extending wall members adapted to be received by the backplate.

Further preferably, the alarm housing is multi-sided and may be triangular, preferably hexagonal, in shape.

In a preferred embodiment, connection between the backplate and cover is effected by a light emitting diode. Preferably, the light emitting diode is incorporated within the head of a screw, the thread of which is adapted to be received by an aperture provided in the backplate. This has the advantage in that it dispenses with the need of having to provide the alarm housing with a separate light-emitting source, which is visible to passers by. As will be appreciated, alarm housings are usually provided with light emitting means, which are visible to passers by, to indicate that the alarm system is active. In a preferred alternative embodiment, this can be achieved by effecting connection between the backplate and cover by a screw or other fixing device, which is light transmitting. In this connection, a light emitting diode, when located adjacent such screw or fixing device, for example, below same or at a side thereof, will transmit light therethrough. Alternatively, this can be achieved by effecting connection between the backplate and cover by a screw or other fixing device and then covering the head of the screw or other fixing device with a cover, which is light transmitting. In this connection, a light emitting diode, when located adjacent such cover, for example, below same or at a side thereof, will transmit light therethrough.

One, non-limiting, embodiment of an alarm housing in accordance with the present invention will now be described by way of example and with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 is a perspective view from below of an alarm housing in accordance with the present invention that is adapted to receive at least one attachment; Figure 2 is a plan view of the alarm housing of Figure 1 with one attachment connected thereto; and Figure 3 is a plan view illustrating some of the different shapes obtainable utilising the alarm housing of Figure 1 and different attachments.

As illustrated in Figure 1, an alarm housing 10 in accordance with the present invention includes a walled backplate 11 and a cover 12.

On installation, the backplate 11 is attached to a support structure, for example, the outside wall of the property with which the alarm system is associated, and the cover 12 is then attached or connected thereto.

Preferably, connection between the backplate 11 and cover 12 is effected by at least one screw or other fixing device (not illustrated). In this connection, the backplate 11 is preferably provided with an upstanding sleeve, the internal surface of which is threaded and adapted to receive the threaded portion of the screw (not illustrated). Once connected, the screw is covered by a screw cover or cap 16, which is preferably made of a light transmitting material.

Although not illustrated, a light emitting diode is located adjacent the screw cover 16 such that on activation thereof, light will be transmitted to the exterior of the alarm housing 10 via the screw cap 16, thereby notifying passers by that the alarm system is active.

In a preferred unillustrated embodiment, connection of the cover 12 to the backplate 11 is effected by a screw, the head of which incorporates a light emitting diode (LED). In this preferred unillustrated embodiment, the backplate is provided with an upstanding sleeve, the internal surface of which is threaded and adapted to receive the threaded portion of the screw. Such light emitting diode being visible on the surface of the housing 10 thereby indicates that the alarm system is active.

As illustrated in Figure 1, an attachment 13 is attachable to the housing 10. Once attached, it is evident that such attachment 13 changes the shape of the alarm housing 10. In this connection, it is to be understood that such attachment 13 may house a working part of the alarm system, for example, a flashing light and/or siren, or alternatively, have no specific purpose other than to change or alter the shape of the alarm housing and hence, possibly increase the aesthetic appeal of the alarm housing. Furthermore, it is to be understood that the attachments 13 may differ in colour thereby giving rise to a multi-coloured alarm housing.

In the preferred illustrated embodiment, the attachment 13 is provided with a male connecting member 15 adapted to be retained, preferably releasably retained, in snap-fit relation by a female member 14 provided on the underside of the backplate 11. As illustrated, the underside of the backplate 11 is provided with a plurality of female members 14 at different locations ; however, it is to be understood that same may only include one female member 14. Additionally, it is to be understood that the attachment 13 may be attachable to the cover 12, or both the cover 12 and backplate 11.

As illustrated in Figure 3, the shape of an alarm housing 10 in accordance with the present invention can be easily changed or altered depending on the number, location and shape of the attachment members 13 attached thereto.

Although the present invention has been described by way of example to an alarm housing which is substantially hexagonal in shape, it is be understood that that same can be of any shape, for example, octagonal, triangular etc.

Claims (12)

  1. CLAIMS 1. An alarm housing including a back plate and a cover characterised in that the alarm housing is adapted to receive at least one attachment, which when attached to the alarm housing changes the shape thereof.
  2. 2. An alarm housing as claimed in claim 1, in which the back plate includes a flat base with upstanding wall portions rising from the sides of the flat base to which the cover is connectable.
  3. 3. An alarm housing as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cover includes downwardly extending wall members adapted to be received by the back plate.
  4. 4. An alarm housing as claimed in any one of the preceding claims which is multi-sided.
  5. 5. An alarm housing as claimed in claim 4, in which the alarm housing is triangular.
  6. 6. An alarm housing as claimed in claim 4, wherein the alarm housing is hexagonal in shape.
  7. 7. An alarm housing as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the back plate and cover are connected by a light emitting diode.
  8. 8. An alarm housing also claimed in claim 7, wherein the light emitting diode is incorporated within the head of a screw.
  9. 9. An alarm housing as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein connection between the back plate and the cover is effected by a screw or other fixing device which is light transmitting.
  10. 10. An alarm housing as claimed in claim 9, wherein a light emitting diode is located adjacent the screw or fixing device.
  11. 11. An alarm housing as claimed in any one of claims 9 or 10, wherein the head of the screw or fixing device is fitted with a cover which is light transmitting.
  12. 12. An alarm housing substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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GB2436883B (en) * 2006-04-03 2011-02-09 Elmdene Internat Ltd Alarm unit

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US4529976A (en) * 1982-10-29 1985-07-16 Frederick M. Jameson Smoke detector with masking shield
US4679037A (en) * 1985-12-16 1987-07-07 Horace Bryan Attachment for smoke alarms
GB2202073A (en) * 1987-03-10 1988-09-14 Terence Stephen Lacey Container for a product, e.g. a bell box

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US4529976A (en) * 1982-10-29 1985-07-16 Frederick M. Jameson Smoke detector with masking shield
US4679037A (en) * 1985-12-16 1987-07-07 Horace Bryan Attachment for smoke alarms
GB2202073A (en) * 1987-03-10 1988-09-14 Terence Stephen Lacey Container for a product, e.g. a bell box

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GB2436883B (en) * 2006-04-03 2011-02-09 Elmdene Internat Ltd Alarm unit

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