Super Sensitive Intruder Alarm

This circuit is designed to alert the user when an intruder enters into the home. If there is any obstacle in front of IR sensor, it generates an interrupt signal. This interrupt signal is given to the speaker to alert the user.

Super Sensitive Intruder Alarm Circuit Principle:

IR transmitter always emits the IR (Infrared) rays which have to be received by IR receiver. When there is an obstacle in front of IR sensor, the transmitted IR rays are reflected back to the IR receiver. The output of Op-Amp is high when IR receiver receives the reflected IR rays. This output of operational amplifier is connected to the RESET pin of 555 timer.

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The output of 555 timer is low when input voltage applied at pin 4 of 555 timer is low.

When input voltage at pin 4 is high, then 555 timer produces the frequency which can be adjusted by the different value combinations of resistors R1, R2 and capacitor C3.

  • Obstacle Present → IR Receiver Receives IR Rays → Op-amp Output High → 555 RST Pin High → Speaker Produces the Sound.
  • No Obstacle → IR Receiver does not Receive the Rays → Op-amp Output Low → RST Pin Low → No Sound

The output of NE555 is filtered by the 1uF capacitor and fed to the speaker.

Many IR sensors are arranged in house at different locations. The outputs of all these sensors are given to RESET pin of common 555 timer. When any sensor detects the intruder, the reset pin of 555 timer becomes high and speaker will produce the sound.

Super Sensitive Intruder Alarm Circuit Diagram:

Super Sensitive Intruder Alarm Circuit Diagram
Super Sensitive Intruder Alarm Circuit Diagram

Circuit Components:

  • NE555 timer
  • LM358 op-amp
  • Pot – 10k, 4.7k
  • IR transmitter
  • IR receiver
  • Red led
  • Ceramic capacitors – 0.1uF, 0.01uF
  • Electrolytic capacitor – 1uF, 16v
  • Resistors – 10k, 100, R4,R5
  • 2 resistors – 330 ohm
  • Speaker
  • Battery

Super Sensitive Intruder Alarm Circuit Design:

555 Timer: Here 555 timer acts as a free running oscillator. It will generate the frequency when high pulse is applied at RESET pin. The generated frequency of 555 timer varied by varying resistor values R4, R5 or by varying the capacitor value C3.

Here Pin 2 and pin 6 of 555 timer are shorted to allow the triggering after every timing cycle. In this circuit, capacitor C3 charges through the resistors R4, R5 and discharges through the resistor R5.

LM358 Op-Amp:

Op - Amp
LM358 Op-Amp

IF   V1>V2 then OP = HIGH

IF   V2>V1 then OP = LOW

LM358 IC consists of two operational amplifiers. Each Op- amp has two inputs (inverting and non – inverting) and one output. The op – amp output is high when non-inverting voltage is greater than the inverting voltage and it is low when inverting voltage is greater than non inverting voltage.

IR Transmitter: The operating voltage of transmitter is around 2 to 3V, to drop the remaining voltage we connect a resistor in series with IR led.

IR Receiver: It is always used in reverse bias. It almost acts as a closed circuit when it receives IR rays and it has high resistance when it does not receive any IR rays.

Also read the post – Motion Detector Circuit using NE555 Timer

Intruder Alarm Project Circuit Simulation Video:

How to Operate Super Sensitive Intruder Alarm Circuit?

  • Give the connections according to the circuit diagram.
  • Connect 5V supply to the circuit.
  • Now place the obstacle in front of IR sensor then speaker produces the sound.
  • Remove the obstacle now you will not get any sound.
  • Disconnect the battery from the circuit.

Super Sensitive Intruder Alarm Circuit Applications:

  • This circuit is used in homes and offices for security purpose.
Circuit Limitations:
  • This circuit produces the sound even if there is any non-living thing in front of IR sensor.

Checkout the project output video –

35 Responses

  1. hello there,can i ask you something? what is the specification of the speaker that have been used in this circuit?
    thank you.

      1. does the circuit work because the simulation and circuit dia are different from one another. can the circuit b simulated on proteus.

      2. does the circuit work because the simulation and circuit dia are different from one another. can the circuit b simulated on proteus.could you show me?

        THANK YOU

      2. I am doing the same circuit , my led is glowing fine but the speaker is not working.
        How to rectify this problem?

  2. how can i keep it ringing after the first signal cut ?
    . even after the obstacle is removed . and thank you

  3. Sir , I am doing this for my electronics workshop project and it is not working . And also what is the significance of pot. , capacitor and resistor values .

  4. I am khaleel
    thank you sir,
    please sir,what is the required current,voltage consumtion by the two sensors and the led.Because I want to calculate the values of the other components.

  5. can i use same diode arrangement instead of IR Tx-Rx that also allows same flow for similar ckt …

    e.g. for transmission process tx rplaced with fwd bias diode and rx replaced with reverse bias
    and for receiveing 2nd diode is in reverse bias

    or suggest me something similar to that os ir module , coz here IR TX-RX is not available


    need ur reply

  6. hai..sir iam doing this project….i want perfect details of every component used ,,,with video and give me detailed values of the components

  7. Hello sir, could you show me the role of the second pot (4.7k ohm) in this circuit. Thank you.
    Best regards

  8. This is one of the circuit I was looking for and I have couple of questions
    Is it possible to modify the circuit with a blinking LED instead of speaker if anything between the IR beam
    What’s the maximum space between the transmitter and receiver for better results

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