Combination Intrusion Fire alarm systems otherwise known as Burglar Alarm Systems are the first line of defense against medical problems, fire, theft and home invasion. Our systems work 24 hours per day to alert you on your mobile devices and through our 24-hour monitoring center. Lives can be saved, as well as priceless valuables, by providing instant notification to authorities.

IntraWorks designs, installs, and services Intrusion and Fire Alarm Systems for custom homes, second homes, remote homes, residential structures and communities.

Basic Function

Combination Intrusion and Fire Alarm Systems make-up an important part of any complete home or residential environment security system by providing detection of intruders, detection of fire or smoke, detection of water or dangerous gas, detection of power outages, panic events, and medical events along with notification to responding authorities. Intrusion systems can utilize wired or sometimes supervised wireless technology to connect field devices or detectors to the main alarm control panel. Field devices might include: keypads, motion detectors, perimeter beams, glass break detectors, door sensors, smoke detectors, heat detectors, freeze detectors, water detectors, power detection, gas leak detection and more.

IntraWorks’ intrusion systems typically alert or call our monitoring facility who then dispatches authorities and others according to the customer call list. Intrusion systems transmit their signals (call) to a monitoring facility through phone lines, the internet, radio systems, or cellular systems. Most of the time, the intrusion system utilizes more than one technology to assure reliable communication of the incident. The monitoring facility is an integral part of the Intrusion Alarm System solution. Intrusion systems send a special supervised and coded signal to the receiver at the monitoring station whereby automation software translates the signal for the operators. Police and Fire departments are not capable of receiving coded alarm signals and therefore rely on monitoring stations to provide this service. Please see monitoring services under the service section.

New Trends


Automation

Newer intrusion alarm system have the ability to monitor and control lighting, doors, water, power and much more. These systems also utilize a basic logic structure to provide simple automation of events. For example: when the alarm system is disarmed by a child who has returned from school, the system can then turn on some interior lights, relock the door, and send a text message to the parent that the child is home.

Mobile Device Integration

Many brands of Intrusion Detection Systems have their own mobile application, which can provide easy access to monitor and control the system and its automation features from anywhere. Changes to the system, alerts, control of doors and lights, and access to camera images can be accomplished through the same mobile application.

Better integration to monitoring facilities

Newer intrusion systems provide more information to the monitoring facility to include the status of locks, surveillance images, reset notices, power conditions, and more. This allows for a better understanding of what may be happening with the residence when it is un-occupied and an event happens.

Alarm Verification

Many city police departments will not respond to an alarm called in by a monitoring station unless the alarm is verified. Verification is usually obtained by dispatching a guard service who physically looks to see if the premise has been burglarized. Other verification can be obtained by allowing the monitoring station to see video images upon alarm activation. If they see an intruder, then the alarm is verified. Other verification can be obtained through audio listening. Alarm verification is becoming more and more prevalent as city budgets are cut and technology to verify the alarm are becoming less expensive.

Integration

Intrusion systems are typically integrated with Surveillance or Camera Systems to assist in recording the incident and getting images of the intruder. More advanced home automation systems can receive inputs from the Intrusion Alarm System and respond accordingly. This response can include the lockdown of doors and gates, switching of surveillance channels, higher resolution recording of camera images, lighting control, music control, texting, emailing, announcements and much more. The integration of surveillance systems can work in reverse. In other words, the surveillance system can provide the detection and then alert the Intrusion Alarm system to make a call to the monitoring facility. see Surveillance Systems for more details about content analysis or motion detection.

Brands

IntraWorks is one of the most experienced Intrusion Alarm Installation companies in the region. We are proud to represent DMP, UTC Innovonics, Bosch, and Honeywell/Ademco. Each of these brands have advantages and disadvantages based on the application and the facility structure.


Testing & Maintenance

Intrusion alarm systems should be tested periodically depending on the electronic supervisory capability of the system itself. IntraWorks can test any brand of Intrusion Alarm System.