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BICSI releases updated ESS Manual

July 25, 2014  

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BICSI this week released the 4th edition of its Electronic Safety and Security Design Reference Manual (ESSDRM).  “The security of life, property and assets is a subject of great interest and importance,” it said in a release. “With the first IP-enabled video camera in the late 1990s, the security industry has continued to innovate and expand system capabilities designed for protection. The speed of change and innovation has increased, incorporating concepts and technologies that have recently arisen.”

The new edition addresses these principles and is written as reference for both the information and communication technology (ICT) designer and the security professional.

Today’s ICT projects require the knowledge of ESS and its principles, and security designers are required to become more knowledgeable of the ICT infrastructure required for ESS systems. The updated ESSDRM describes how these systems have been transformed into elements of a larger security solution, where information and infrastructure are shared.

This sharing, BICSI said, allows personnel to focus attention at a wider, broader level, while systems manage the monitoring and initiating of alarms when, and even before, an incident occurs.

“Information and trends specific to the security industry are captured in the manual, including network storage, integration of wireless transmission and the basic tenets of cloud computing and software-as-a-service,” said BICSI president Michael Collins.

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