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Observa — One-way Mirror
Description

One-way mirrors are commonly seen in the movies, however they serve a very real role for interrogation rooms, market research, and monitoring.

Viridian created Observa to provide a one-way mirror that offers high-quality vision and effectively provides discreet unobtrusive monitoring. It has the appearance of a mirror on the subject side while providing privacy for observers.

Key Features
  • Discretion and privacy — Observa achieves privacy for observers as long as a light ratio of 1:7 is achieved, where the subject side is brightly illuminated and the observer side is dimly lit
  • Versatility — Can be tailored to suit a variety of applications and needs — a heavier interlayer can be added to provide enhanced protection
  • Safety and security — Observa stays in place even when broken, offering greater durability and protection
  • Easily handled, tempered cut, bent, laminated, insulated, and heat-strengthened
  • No edge deletion required
  • Virtually unlimited shelf-life
  • Inventoried locally — Reduce lead times for new construction and replacements
Scope of Use
  • This is a one-way mirror that creates a visual barrier between subjects and their observers, where clear and discreet vision is required
  • Ideal for surveillance, security and administrative applications
  • Internal applications required discreet, unobtrusive monitoring
  • Can be tailored to suit a variety of applications and needs — a heavier interlayer can be added to provide enhanced protection

Typical applications:

  • Security
  • Retail Stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Correctional institutions
  • Airports security
  • Workplace monitoring
  • Banks or cash offices
  • Medical facilities
  • Computer rooms
  • Child care facilities
  • Marketing focus group monitoring
Limitations on Use
  • Glazing should be in accordance with the Australian Standard AS1288, New Zealand Standard NZS4223 and Viridian recommendations for laminated glass.
  • The reflective surface must be installed to the subject side

Type of lighting:

  • A light ratio of 1:7 is recommended, where the subject side is brightly illuminated and the observer side is dimly lit
  • Subject-side lighting should be bright and evenly distributed over all walls and furnishings, but should not shine directly onto the one-way mirror
  • Observer-side lighting should be dim with light sources directed away from the glass
  • Bright lighting sources must be avoided in the observers area, and spotlights directed away from the Observa surface

Background colours:

  • Subject-side should be decorated light in colour and with shade to create a bright reflected image
  • Observer-side decor should be subdued, non-reflective, dark and uniform
  • It is recommended that dark furnishing colours be used, and that dark clothing be worn in the observation area

Distances:

  • On the observer-side, keep people, objects and light sources at a distance of more than 30cm from the one-way mirror area
Other Performance Attributes
  • Observa achieves privacy for observers as long as a light ratio of 1:7 is achieved, where the subject side is brightly illuminated and the observer side is dimly lit
  • A heavier interlayer can be added to provide enhanced protection

Maintenance:

  • Durable, pyrolytic coating
  • Cleaning — Use standard glass cleaners or mild detergents. Do not use abrasives, opaque liquid cleaners, razor blades or acid-based cleaners
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Viridian Glass is a provider of residential and commercial glass in New Zealand.

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