The Intricacies of Intrusion Detection

Category: Fire Alarm and Safety Controls

Alarm systems are beneficial because they help detect the presence of intruders on the premises. Every alarm system is built around the same concept. When an invader attempts to enter the premises, they disturb a circuit in the system causing the alarm to go off. Despite this simplistic concept, all intrusion detection systems are different. As in all forms of technology, alarms range from the simple to the complex.

Protecting your business against break-ins and theft is a top concern for any business owner. And while Hollywood movies may portray alarm systems as useless against thieves who can dodge laser beams and rappel down air ducts, security measures are actually very effective tools in the real world.

Intrusion detection systems can be helpful in discouraging thieves from committing a crime and promptly warning security teams about attempted break-ins or intruders on the premises. That’s why it’s crucial for any business owner to know the basics about intrusion detection systems, so they’re aware of the options available to them and can make an informed decision on the best detection system for their business.

The Basics of Intrusion Detection Systems

All intrusion detection systems include some form of sensor, control unit, and reporting device. Once a sensor detects an intruder, it feeds data to a control unit. The control unit then communicates with a reporting device such as a siren or bell, or it reaches out to a receiving unit in a remote location.

Sensors And How They Work

Intruders can be detected by sensors in many different ways. For instance, area protection devices use photoelectric, sound, or motion detectors to spot an intruder’s movements. Meanwhile, perimeter protection devices watch over a perimeter defined by a fence or a building’s walls. Ultrasonic motion detectors monitor sound frequencies, while passive infrared designs watch for the infrared energy that radiates off an intruder’s body. Movements can also be tracked using microwave motion detectors.

Alarms can also be triggered when someone crosses a photoelectric detector’s beam of invisible light, when someone creates a disturbance in an area with a vibration system, or even when they make a noise picked up by the microphones in a sound-based system.

Monitored and Unmonitored Systems

Ultimately, the level of protection your business has will vary depending on how much is being watched. It will also vary depending on whether you have a monitored or unmonitored alarm system.

A monitored system provides remote intrusion detection capabilities by notifying a third party when the alarm is activated, who in turn notifies authorities of a burglary or trespasser. It is possible to circumvent monitored alarm systems by cutting the telephone wires before entering the premises. But “line security” can be added to your system. The most common backup system is cellular backup, according to our internal risk service specialists. If the phone line is tampered with, the alarm system will still communicate with the monitoring station wirelessly via a cellular connection.

A monitored system can also have an audible delay, to give the monitoring station time to notify the police in anticipation of catching the criminals on the premises. Most systems are monitored, rather than unmonitored.

An unmonitored system only sounds an alarm on the premises, it doesn’t send a notification out to a third party. It relies on neighbors or passers-by to call the police, which they may or may not do. While it does not incur monitoring fees, an unmonitored system is the less effective choice of the two options.

Remote Intrusion Alerts

Remote intrusion detection systems detect intruders or trespassers at remote sites and notify you right away by cell phone or other device. Depending on individual pager or phone services, intrusion alerts reach you in a matter of seconds or minutes so that you can take swift action.

Sensors can be set at heights and locations that avoid nuisance alerts caused by animal or plant movements. A system can be programmed with onsite audible alarms to discourage intruders and possibly prevent future incursions. Audible alarms can be turned on or off from a custom website.

Remote intrusion alert solutions can include a custom website, which lets you monitor and control your remote location from anywhere that you can use your internet browser. From your website, you can turn remote sensors off when people are working on location, and turn them on again when no one is supposed to be there. You can also test the system and get statistical analyses of intrusion alert patterns.

Integrated Bosch Intrusion Detection Systems

We’ve partnered with Bosch because they enable us to offer our clients complete systems with a full line of easy-to-use control panels, keypads, and communication devices to provide the right solution for retail stores, office buildings, warehouses, condos, and even banks.

Intrusion detection is a delicate balance between responding to real security breaches and ignoring costly false alarm sources. Bosch’s state-of-the-art motion sensors provide

best-in-class catch performance while virtually eliminating false triggers such as strong drafts, moving objects, and the presence of pets. Advanced design features ensure an installation that is both fast and reliable.

In addition to motion detectors, the Bosch detector range includes seismic and shock detectors, request-to-exit detectors, long-range detectors, glass break detectors as well as panic buttons and magnetic contacts, covering multiple applications and delivering excellent catch performance together with false alarm immunity.

Bosch also has a range of wireless devices that integrate with their control panels to provide secure and scalable solutions. Exceptional battery life, advanced diagnostics, and multiple device enrollment options make installation and maintenance simple and cost-effective. With a complete set of wireless detectors from motion detectors and panic buttons, to fire alarm sensors and sensors that detect carbon monoxide, Bosch offers flexibility for virtually any application requirement.

As one of the pioneers of alarm over IP technology, Bosch has a wealth of experience with both intrusion and fire alarm communications deployed worldwide. When events happen, you can be automatically notified by our mobile apps while at the same time the proper authorities at central monitoring centers are taking action. Bosch offers integrated ethernet and cellular IP communication solutions as well as add-on modules for greater flexibility in supporting a variety of installation conditions.

Bosch B5512 Intrusion Detection Control Panels for Residential and Small Commercial Businesses:

●  Provide up to 48 points using a combination of hardwired or wireless points for installation flexibility and up to 4 areas with perimeter and interior control

●  Feature on-board Ethernet port for Conettix IP alarm communication and remote programming, compatible with modern IP networks including IPv6/IPv4, Auto-IP, and Universal Plug and Play

●  Include installer-friendly features for simple installation and communications, including plug-in PSTN and cellular communication modules

●  Include programmable keypad shortcuts, situation sensitive on-screen help, and a bilingual user interface to make system operation simple and easy

Bosch B9512G Intrusion Detection Control Panels for Large Commercial Businesses:

●  Fully integrated intrusion, fire, and access control allows users to interface with one system instead of three

●  Provides up to 599 points using a combination of hardwired or wireless devices for installation flexibility, and up to 32 areas and 32 doors for up to 2,000 users

●  On-board Ethernet port for Conettix IP alarm communication and remote programming, compatible with modern IP networks including IPv6/IPv4, Auto-IP, and Universal Plug and Play

●  Installer-friendly features for simple installation and communications, including plug-in PSTN and cellular communication modules

●  Remote Security Control app which allows users to control their security systems - and view system cameras - remotely from mobile devices such as phones and tablets

LaMarco Systems: Experts In Integrated Security Solutions

LaMarco Systems is a leading life safety and integrated security solutions provider — offering comprehensive, all-in-one services and customized solutions that protect people, businesses, and the assets associated with both. For over 20 years, we have partnered with companies like Bosch, other security experts, and law enforcement personnel to constantly reimagine facility security in this rapidly evolving arena. Call us today to learn more!