Intrusion Detection Considerations for Schools

Locked door monitoring after normal class hours is often left out of the security plan. Why has this vital component of standard security been left out when it came to school security?

Historically, the deployment of an intrusion detection system to secure a school was fraught with challenges. The available technologies didn’t provide the flexibility required to do it right.

Today, modern intrusion detection systems provide the flexibility and customization required to deploy intrusion detection at a school building.

User Levels

Multiple security levels for different user groups allow for a variety of programming options. For example, weekend volunteers for a camp in the gymnasium can have a different level of activation/deactivation permission than high-level administrators.

Custom Programming

Custom functions allow for pre-programmed status conditions to be deployed. For example, during normal school hours, the entire system may be deactivated. After school, specific areas of the school can be secured while other areas, like the gymnasium or theater, can be left unsecured for after-school activities. Once those activities are complete for the evening, janitorial staff can input their code to secure the perimeter of the building while they move freely within the building without activating the alarm system.

By providing various status conditions, sensitive areas can be secured throughout the day. Unused areas can be secured by schedule. Late-night staff can perform their duties safely, knowing that no one should be entering the building late at night.

Activity Logging

Intrusion detection systems provide additional activity logging information. IT departments may find this particularly useful. They can use log files and notification alerts to monitor IT spaces and rooms containing network equipment, sensitive personal data, and computer servers. The intrusion detection system can even be connected to security cameras to provide a snapshot of every person opening an equipment rack. This snapshot can be delivered to the IT manager via email or text message in real time for immediate verification.


There are many options available to connect detection devices to the main alarm control panel. Detection devices may include motion detectors, door and window contacts, seismic detectors, and other specialized devices.

The Right Partner

Our team understands that schools have many unique challenges. We have the extensive school security experience required to ensure security and safety compliance.

Netronix begins by evaluating the challenges, performance expectations, and environmental conditions of your school. Input is gathered from the security team, facilities staff, IT department, administrators, and other stakeholders. We perform a site survey, inside and outside, to evaluate the physical layout of the school and uncover potential vulnerabilities. Once the risks and expectations are clearly defined, our team designs a unified security solution. Products from a variety of leading manufacturers are assembled into a custom design and demonstrations of key components are performed on-premise.

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