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ATS AntiTouch detector is a new and patented technology designed for protecting and securing paintings, busts, sculptures, table displays etc. The ATS system is an ideal and effective security system that operates invisibly.

It consists of two components: The ATS SensorPlate and the ATS Electronic Module. The ATS SensorPlate is mounted on the back of the painting or picture or underneath the vase, sculpture or table or even inside a display case. It cannot be seen by the viewer. The SensorPlate connects with the art. Its protection can be adjusted and matched to the size of the exhibit (generally between 10 to 50cm).

The Electronics Module evaluates any movement very close to the art so that an alarm or buzzer is set off as soon as a person (or hand for example) gets too close within the area of protection or attempts to remove the object or cut it out of the canvas. Optionally ATS can be linked to wire free surveillance systems see later..
Typical Applications of ATS
  • Protection of a painting that is not (or too large to be) protected by glass
  • Hidden protection of a bronze statue resting on a plinth (pedestal)
  • Invisible protection of an entire display of silverware on a table
  • The creation of open plan displays when, in the past, the exhibits were locked in display cases
  • Protection of soft marbles where too much touching would cause irreparable damage
  • Protection of a gown while mounted on a mannequin
  • Surveillance of classic motor vehicles
  • Protection of a commode or desk
Product Specification    
The AntiTouch surveillance can be adjusted from 0cm to approx. 60 cm. (In fact, often the protection follows the contours of the exhibit).

The ATS SensorPlate consists of a specially designed aluminium foil which is attached to an isolating backer. The thickness of the ATS SensorPlate comes as 3.5mm standard and can easily be cut to size and shape. (Standard panels are 1m by 0.625m) 3 panels can be joined together to provide coverage of a large area. The SensorPlate is a sandwich with both outer sheets being conducting material and the filling (matrix) is very light and stable. All the ATS SensorPlate constituents have been specially selected to be pH neutral, absorb no moisture and have no off-gassing even at elevated temperatures. It is also very light (1 sheet is just 1kg). Due to these properties, ATS SensorPlate is very suitable for if specially controlled microclimates are necessary (e.g. for the minimisation of exhibit ageing) and ensures proper air passage behind paintings and objects. It has no negative impact with no chemical effects on the painting or artefact.

ATS is often used on paintings, other objects protected Neolithic artefacts, classic motorbikes and an altar.

The electronics element of the ATS AntiTouch system is available in two options dependant on the requirement.


1. The wire-connected version with operate from a 10-30 V DC supply. It also links to an earth. It is suitable for connecting the system to any standard intrusion detection system.


2. The ATS battery version is specially designed with a low current consumption. The battery is a 3.6 V lithium battery with an operating life of approx. 2 years. The ATS battery version enables local acoustic alarms. For areas of less than 0.5sqm one can set up a virtual earth and not rely on the mains earth. This for example would enable a completely wire free system to be built into a plinth (pedestal) to go in the centre of a room.

The electronics is digital working at 100kHz and so is suitable for use throughout the world. Both ATS versions can be linked to wireless transmission to GalleryMaster or GalleryMonitor alarm receiver stations.
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