Intrusion alarm systems otherwise known as Burglar Alarm Systems are the first line of defense against theft and robbery. 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 business reputations, by providing instant notification to authorities.

IntraWorks designs, installs, and services Intrusion Systems for a wide variety of clients to include: Financial Institutions, Offices, Apartment Buildings, Restaurants, Retail Stores, Schools, and Auto Dealers

Basic Function

Intrusion Alarm Systems make-up an important part of any complete security solution by providing detection of intruders into unauthorized areas 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, balanced magnetic switches, water detectors, power detection, gas leak detection and more. Many times fiber optic cables can be utilized to give early detection of threats to power copper lines, HVAC copper lines, critical assets, generators, 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


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 armed by an employee, the system can then turn off all interior lights, lock doors, and send a text message to the manager indicating that the system is armed.

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 devices, and surveillance system access can be accomplished through the 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 building when it is un-occupied and an event happens.

Video 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.


Intrusion systems are typically integrated with Surveillance systems to assist in recording the incident and obtaining images of the intruder or robber. Access Control Systems and even stand alone Video Management Systems sold by IntraWorks can receive signals from any Intrusion system and respond accordingly. This response can include the lockdown of access controlled doors and gates, switching of surveillance channels, higher resolution recording of camera images, lighting 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.


IntraWorks is one of the most experienced Intrusion Alarm Installation companies in the region. We are proud to represent DMP, GE, Bosch, Radionics, Honeywell, and 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.