555 IC based Touch Alarm

Security has been a major issue in the present day world. And security gadgets of various nature are available today. Here I introduce a simple touch alarm that can be used on doors with metallic handles (This alarm works only on metallic handles) . This is a simple and easy to make circuit.

Circuit Diagram

touch alarm Circuit

Parts Required

Part     Value 

C1       100n
C2       100u
G1       AB9V
IC1      NE555
IC2      NE555
R1       10k
R2       47k
R3       1k
R4       10k
R5       10k
T1       BC547


The main part of this circuit is the first 555 timer IC which is set as a monostable multi vibrator , The metallic loop is attached to PIN2 of 555 IC and it is active low, so when someone touches the door handle to which the alarm loop is attached the voltage to get grounded or the voltage at PIN2 gets reduced to less than 1/3 Vcc, so a pulse is formed with t=1.1RC. here the value of R2 and C2 can be made small  just sufficient to generate a small pulse to set the latch. (Sometimes the IC may remain triggered even when not touched in such  case ground PIN2 with a capacitor of 100nF).

The second part of the Circuit is a transistor that has been set as a not gate. For a note gate output is low when input is high. The input is given to transisitor base and output is taken from the collector, this output is given to the third part of the circuit.

The third part of the circuit is another 555 IC set as a latch, when the PIN2 is grounded the latch output will be set to 1 and when PIN4 is grounded the latch is reset, the switch is provided to reset the latch, the output of the latch is given to a buzzer.


7 thoughts on “555 IC based Touch Alarm

  1. amine

    hi, i simulate this circuit on isis proteus but it does’nt work; i make a botton on pin 2 to give the trigger less than 1/3vcc but it deos’nt work. i want make an alarm circuit

    1. vineethkartha

      It worked for me. I will look into it and see if I made a mistake with the drawing, thanks for the feedback 🙂

  2. Teddy

    Urgent help needed with this circuit. I connected everything accordingly but it’s not working for me. I don’t know where I went wrong. if anyone knows please help me out as soon as possible. thank you.

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