Frequently Asked Questions

HALO Cloud

The HALO is an intelligent sensor on the edge and works standalone. Therefore, the HALO Cloud is optional.
An unlimited number of HALOs can be connected to the HALO Cloud.
An unlimited number of users can be connected to the HALO Cloud.
HALO Cloud is a public cloud hosted by AWS that also offers end user tenancy per domain instance.
Security features include:
  • penetration testing
  • Username and password managed by AWS
  • Communication between HALO and HALO Cloud is token based to protect against spoofing
  • Multi-factor authentication
Yes, you can store your own floor plans on the interactive map. HALO Cloud supports .jpeg and .png formats.
Sensor data for each HALO has a retention period of one year.
Yes, you are able to download HALO sensor data locally.
From receipt of order, HALO Cloud setup/activation takes up to 2 business days to activate your account.

Integration & Alerting

HALO IOT Smart Sensor interfaces with a VMS in two possible ways. HALO can connect to a VMS via its event management system, thus allowing a direct correlation between the event time and the record time of a camera monitoring activities in/out of the room. HALO can also be connected to the VMS as a camera stream. The status of its sensors can be directly recorded as a video stream.

Since HALO is a security device, we want it to work with any VMS. HALO is currently integrated with multiple VMS platforms with more on the way! You can see all the integration guides here.

Users can program what they want the HALO Smart Sensor to do.  Here are some of the options
1. Send an event message to the Security Systems
2. Send an e-mail or text message to designated personnel
3. Turn on its status light
4. Play a pre-recorded message to sound an alarm through its built-in speaker
5. Or, any combination of the above

HALO is a SMART Sensor! As a security device, HALO is made of Vandal Proof plastic and has an IK10 rating. HALO Smart Sensor also encompasses a tamper sensor in order to detect someone trying to damage it. If the tamper sensor is set, an alert can be sent out in the same manner as a vape alert, or, as an option, HALO has a speaker and light which can be enabled to blink or shriek to alert of the tampering.

Installation & Set Up

The HALO IoT Smart Sensor is very easy to install. It mounts in ceiling with a 5-inch (12.7 cm) circular opening and a single CAT5/6 cable with POE. We recommend you use an experienced security integrator to perform the installation to insure it is properly connected to your security system and is installed in the proper location. IPVideo has a network of Security Integrators throughout the USA and would be happy to recommend a certified installer.

HALO does work right out of the box since firmware version 1.32. However, we recommend that you:

  1. Download and update to the newest firmware here. Please follow the “how to” document in the download.
  2. Set up notifications (SMTP Settings) Learn how to set up notifications here.
  3. Sync your HALO to a NTP server.


Minimal changes need to be made as the default events were made to fit majority of environments. You can turn on/off certain events and actions based on your preferences.


Once HALO is powered on, it requires 24 hours for the sensors to self-calibrate.

HALO should not require a camera license in most cases if it is used only to send event messages to the VMS. If the end user wishes to record HALO’S MJPEG sensor screen, then a camera license would be required.

We are continuing to improve the performance and add new features to HALO. We recommend users keep HALO up to date with the latest firmware releases. The HALO device comes with a Utility Tool which allows updates to be pushed to one or more HALO devices. The end user will be notified when a new firmware version is available or can check on the IPVideo website. A cloud interface will be available in a future release which will allow the HALO to receive automatic download updates at specified intervals. This will require the HALO to have access to the internet.


HALO has a host of sensors to perform multiple detections. 12 sensors to be exact. The hundreds of combinations it detects expands its capabilities to be able to differentiate between substances as well.  For instance, HALO can distinguish between a person vaping nicotine and a person vaping with a substance laced with THC.
Some of the things HALO can detect are:

  • Particulate matter
  • Humidity that produces mold and other Fungi
  • VOCs
    • Trichloroethylene
    • Xylene
  • Ammonia
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Vape
  • THC
  • Smoke
  • Light
  • Vibration
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Sound Abnormalities

Download our easy to follow icon guide. 

Gunshot detection is included with all HALOs. IPVideo has a patent pending algorithm built into each HALO improving identification of gunshot events with Dual Authentication. HALO incorporates frequency and sound pattern with percussion to detect gunshot in 360 degrees at a 25’ (7.62m) radius for almost 2,000 square feet (185.8 square meters) of coverage and does not require line of site.

HALO can typically cover 144 square feet (13.4 square meters) with normal ceiling heights (8ft/2.4m) for vape sensors however other sensors work effectively up to 1963 square feet (182.4 square meters). Its coverage area will also vary by the ventilation in the room, the ceiling height will also be a contributing factor. A pendant mount option is available to keep HALO at its recommended height of 8 feet (2.4 meters).

The PPM thresholds are programmable and thus can be varied by room to match the conditions in that room.

HALO was purposely designed to maximize efficiency of airflow which shortens the response time to an event. HALO is an effective vape detector tool but will have obvious limitations if a person uses some physical methods to obscure their vaping. Filtering through clothing, opening of windows, etc. can lower the levels of chemicals reaching its sensors. Third party testing has been done and proven effective, even when vape is blown in to a jacket.


HALO does NOT record video. There is NO camera on HALO.

HALO does NOT record audio. HALO only captures decibel level readings; it does NOT record any conversations.

HALO provides indications of VAPE and/or THC based on the presence of chemical signatures and particulates in the air. Although a highly effective indicator it is not to be used as 100% proof for legal action. Security and Administrative teams should use these readings to conduct their searches for physical evidence and utilize this physical evidence and investigative procedures for the basis of actions. We have had numerous accounts that have been effective in these methods and we would be happy to provide these references. IPVideo Corporation can also recommend consulting services on investigative procedure and policy enforcement if you require.

Costs & Purchasing

IPVideo Corp. sells through a national dealer network that purchases through our authorized distributors. You can reach out to IPVideo who can direct you to a local dealer in your area or you can ask your preferred partner to procure them on your behalf.

No, there is no minimum purchase quantity.

HALO can be viewed from any SMART device or computer. It does not utilize the cloud for any of its detection capabilities for privacy reasons. Since the unit is self-contained there are no re-occurring connection charges. We do recommend connecting HALO, since it is a security device, to your security system. You may of course choose to use an outside service to monitor its alarms and events.

Please contact your local sales rep or reach out to IPVideo Corp.
HALO comes with a 2-year warranty. Multi-year extended warranties are sold separately.


IPVideo has released its first hardware addition to the HALO product line with the new HALO 2C hardware. As a dealer or customer, you are eligible to purchase both and it is important to know when to position each. While both products operate on the same software platform, HALO 2C adds calibrated CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), Temperature, and Humidity sensors that improve accuracy of measurements. This is particularly valuable when integrating HALO into your HVAC and building automation tools to remediate air quality conditions. HALO 2.0 is a powerful solution that will accurately identify many environmental conditions including Vaping, Vaping with THC, Gunshot Detection, Keyword Detection, Aggression, air quality trending, and much more that is also included with the new 2C version. While both the HALO 2.0 and HALO 2C hardware platforms include the Health Index, accuracy of the CO2 and Humidity measurements are enhanced utilizing the HALO 2C hardware. For more information please reach out to the IPVideo team at

Yes! HALO IOT Smart Sensor is a security device which is designed to respect privacy. Bathrooms and locker rooms are two such places HALO is installed. They are also perfect for dorm rooms, hospital rooms and hotel rooms to provide security and vape detection while maintaining privacy.

HALO is currently in use in schools throughout the US and they have uncovered many instances of both vaping and THC use. We highlight some of these districts on our site. Please see our Case Studies section.

Yes, HALO is suitable for use in Colleges and Universities, hospitality centers, commercial buildings, malls, etc. Any location where vaping needs to be controlled and there is a security system or security service to monitor its alerts/events. HALO is perfect for dorm rooms if colleges are concerned about students smoking various substances in rooms, breaking noise ordinances or for dorm and campus safety.

HALO is a SMART sensor with the ability to expand its capabilities in the future. HALO is suitable for use in any industrial complex where environments need to be monitored and controlled. HALO detects chemicals such as CO2, CO and NH3 and ties to the security system or security service to monitor its alerts/events.

Yes this can be used in a residence and many rental units are successfully using HALO today, however there are technical and purchase requirements you need to be aware of that may not be a fit for every home/apartment.   HALO requires POE cabling/ethernet connection to operate, confirm you are set up to run before purchasing.   IPVideo Corporation does not sell HALO direct to customers,  units are purchased from certified distributors and resellers many of which only sell to commercial establishments.   

Meth contamination has forced three Denver area libraries to close in the last two months, but they’re not the only public spaces experiencing the kind of substance abuse that poses a health hazard to unsuspecting patrons worldwide.


technical paper produced by the government of West Australia, which looked into the health risks posed by residual meth, noted that smoking the drug often means heating to vaporize it, which can “deposit on surfaces, leaving residues in a similar manner to those resulting from tobacco or cannabis smoking indoors.”


The HALO Smart Sensor has been used for years in privacy areas to detect and alert to Vaping, Smoking and Vaping with THC.   Today Libraries, Retail Outlets and Public Agencies are using the device to help identify and alert to possible drug use early on.    HALO currently will not identify the particular drug in use (a secondary chem swab/testing kit or other means will be required for drug identification), however HALO will provide instant alert to the Vaping and Smoking means by which the drug is being consumed. 


By providing instant alert to the vaping and smoking behavior security/facility management can immediately address the culprits hopefully prior to overdoses and serious contamination issues occurring on premises.