Intrusion Detection Technology
This third installment in our five part Modernization series examines intrusion detection solutions. Burglar alarms and intrusion detection devices have been around for a very long time and blazed the trail for the continued evolution of the sophisticated security solutions of today. Technological innovations have produced far more elaborate and advanced means of intrusion detection over the years since the first burglar alarm was invented in the 1850s by Edwin Holmes.
His design was simple – a tripwire was used to power a solenoid with electricity, causing a gong to be struck upon activation. AT&T later bought Holmes’ New York business and, by tapping into the city’s electrical grid, was able to link alarms to the local fire and police departments. This may seem primitive by today’s standards, as burglar alarms have matured a lot since then. In the 1970s, for instance, motion sensors were added to most burglar alarms on the market. These motion sensor devices, also termed motion detectors, use optical, microwave, or acoustic sensor technologies to detect motion and send an alert in the event of an intrusion. In the 1980s, infrared technology was introduced, which aided a lot in the reduction of false alarms.
The burglar alarms and intrusion detection solutions of today are more varied. They’re available in both hard-wired systems as well as wireless ones and often feature remote arming/disarming capabilities. They remain a first line of defense in both indoor intrusion protection as well as outdoor perimeter protection.
Over the years, there’s been a huge surge in demand for mobile-compatible burglar alarm solutions. Now that all alarm systems can be connected via smart phones – phone/iPad and Android devices – they also deliver remote control capabilities for arming and disarming the system, thermostat control, the viewing of security camera footage, the turning on and off of lights, and even keyless entry. Today’s intrusion protection capabilities protect against theft, vandalism, and unauthorized access while at the same time giving users full control of their security system via a mobile app.
Features & Benefits
Much more adept than the alarm systems of days gone by, today’s intrusion detection solutions also feature protective sensors that can do so much more. They can detect environmental hazards, glass breaks, vibrations and shock, temperature changes, and the presence of natural and propane gas, smoke, carbonmonoxide, and flooding.
There’s a reason why alarm systems have been at the forefront of physical security for so long. The safeguards they provide to people and property are immeasurable. Intrusion detection technologies and capabilities only continue to improve, providing added protections that inventor Edwin Holmes likely never dreamed possible.
Nationwide Security Corporation is UL certified in the category of burglar alarms, which is a coveted stamp of trust and approval from the leading authority. Turn to Nationwide and our intrusion detection solutions to keep you and your property safe.