There are many ways to maximize the utility of your Siren Marine device. This page has lots of helpful ‘tips and tricks’ as well as diagrams, technical details, troubleshooting advice and ways to maximize your installation.
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b. Battery Draw: Satellite platforms have a significantly higher battery draw both while the boat monitoring system is in use, and also while it is dormant. Our units draw on average between 10 and 50 mA. As a Boat’s battery is the heart of vessel, the intention of our product is monitor it and keep it running, not drain it down. Our unit draws about 1/10th to 1/15th of the power of other strictly satellite based monitoring systems.
c. Weather interference: Strictly Satellite systems require a clear unobstructed view of the sky to obtain a GPS signal and report accurate information. A cellular platform is less affected by weather or building obstruction. In addition, the Geo-fence on a Cellular platform is more accurate than on Satellite, which is evident in the disparity between the acceptable distance for some of the Satellite monitor’ Geo-Fences (200 – 500 meters) versus our own (25 meters).
d. Cost: Our device was designed to deliver the functionality boaters want, at a cost that they can afford. With cellular as the platform, we can deliver one of if not the most competitive unlimited messaging plans in the industry, not possible with Satellite.
b. Why is this useful and important? Lets say that you boat is safely tied to the dock or mooring, and a large vessel passes by throwing off a big wake. You boat rocks around and the float switch flips on from residual water in the bilge and gets stuck in the on position. Your bilge pump is running and yet there is no water in the bilge. Two things will certainly result: your batteries are going to run flat, and if they run long enough, your bilge pump is going to burn out. Fortunately, Siren would also let you know when your batteries got low, but with this additional monitoring circuit, you’ll know you have a problem before it gets serious.
c. Another worse case scenario can be equally costly. This time you actually have a leak and are taking on water, but your bilge pump is keeping up. Your bilge pump is going to pump out the water until it wears down the battery and eventually stops. At this point, you have two serious problems, and not a lot of time to respond: a sinking boat (-or- a serious leak) and a dead battery. With Siren onboard, you could avoid catastrophe.
b. Not only will you know within seconds if your boat begins moving outside that fence, but with unlimited messaging, you can track your boat remotely through your phone through a transgression report. Receive a new position as frequently as every minute, without ever needing to worry about overage charges (Unlimited Messaging and Events). Our Geo-Fence is customizable, and can be as close as 25 meters.
b. Another way you can monitor bilge activity is through using our devices’ existing sensor. Our two wire electronic water sensor is one of the ways we help you monitor water level. Our unit is one of the only units available to utilize electronic saltwater sensing with no moving parts!
Service Plan Questions
b. Plan on going outside of the country? Your Siren Marine unit continues to work in one of two ways. Either keep our existing SIM card in the unit, and it will continue to function (Roaming rates will apply) or swap our SIM for a local pay as you go or prepaid GSM SIM Card. We specifically chose GSM as our platform as it is the most prolific worldwide cellular network available. We have customers using local GSM pay as you go cards in the UK, Sweden, The Caribbean, Turkey, Greece, The Middle East and more.
b. The included mounting bracket can be bent to accommodate mounting. Bend slowly and carefully to avoid cracking the aluminum. Replacement brackets can be purchased from your local dealer at a nominal price if the bracket is broken during installation.
c. Before you attach the unit, make sure the SIM is activated, and the LED lights are on. Temporarily place the unit in the intended mounting area. Send the unit the GETSIG command and check the signal strength. If you have acceptable GPS and GSM signal, your location is suitable for permanent installation. The device is water and vibration resistant, however, the better the environment for an electronic device the better it will work.
b. Secondly hardwired sensors are beneficial because they do not require batteries to be changed, and have a lower battery draw. Wireless sensors running on their own independent batteries will need to have their internal batteries changed at some point after going dead, and also increase total battery draw of the monitoring system.