Intrusion alarm systems otherwise known as Burglar Alarm Systems are the first line of defense against theft and robbery. These systems work 24 hours per day to alert operators, maintenance personnel, and building managers of alarm, robbery or burglary events. Event alerts are communicated to mobile devices, in-house command and control centers and/or 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: government organizations, higher education, K1-K12, utility companies, transportation organizations, financial institutions, and much more.

Basic Function

Intrusion Alarm Systems make-up an important part of any intelligent building system 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.

Intrusion systems typically alert or call a monitoring facility either operated by the organization or operated by IntraWorks who then dispatches according to a call list. Intrusion systems make the call to the 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. 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 building manager that the system is armed.

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.

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 situational awareness and an understanding of what may be happening with the building when it is un-occupied and an event happens.


Intrusion systems are typically integrated with Surveillance systems to assist in recording the incident and obtaining images of the intruder or robber. Intelligent building systems, Video Management Systems and Access Control Systems sold by IntraWorks can receive signals from any Intrusion system and respond accordingly. This response can include the restriction 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, Bosch (previously Radionics), Honeywell (previously Ademco) and Paycom. 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 application and the supervision capability of the system itself. IntraWorks can test any brand of Intrusion Alarm System on a schedule that meets your requirements.