In the 80's-90's used a photo relay on my then new detached garage and driveway. It worked OK except when it was much lightning.
Ran electric, water, cable TV and gas to the new garage along with low voltage wiring in the 1980's. Wife worked for Honeywell doing commerical industrial automation at the time and she gave me an commercial underground wiring cluster which I ran from the house to the garage (~ 75 to 100 feet?). Also purchased an old firehouse bell at the time and put it on the side of the garage. It was very loud at the time. I really liked the way it looked. It did only trigger once in about 30 years and you could hear it from a long distance.
Installed a combo security automation panel around 1988.
It just worked with X10 and it did have TTS at the time.
I put two Cartel sensors under the new driveway in the 2000's. (ofset them a bit).
BTW and unrelated to OP here using Windows 2016 standard server to manage all windows automation stuff via RDP and noticed that any type of updates are manual and it is much lighter than Windows 10.