Electronic Access Control

By

  • Thomas Norman, CEO and chief security analyst, Protection Partners International (PPI) - Houston, TX, USA and Beirut, Lebanon

Access Control Systems are difficult to learn and even harder to master due to the different ways in which manufacturers approach the subject and the myriad complications associated with doors, door frames, hardware, and electrified locks. Electronic Access Control consolidates this information, covering a comprehensive yet easy-to-read list of subjects that every Access Control System Designer, Installer, Maintenance Tech or Project Manager needs to know in order to develop quality and profitable Alarm/Access Control System installations. Within these pages, Thomas L. Norman, a master at electronic security and risk management consulting and author of the industry reference manual for the design of Integrated Security Systems, describes the full range of EAC devices -- credentials, readers, locks, sensors, wiring, and computers, showing how they work, and how they are installed. The book presents an arcane and complex subject with a conversational and layered learning approach that results in a thorough understanding of each point, thus offering quick career advancement potential to students and prospective security professionals.

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Audience

Security systems installers and technicians. Security managers. Maintenance engineers. Computer technicians and IT personnel. Security department personnel.

 

Book information

  • Published: October 2011
  • Imprint: BUTTERWORTH HEINEMANN
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-382028-0

Reviews

"This book is likely one of the most current and comprehensive works available in this subject area...This book is recommended for the general reader of security literature and those with specific access control responsibilities needing a ready reference source."--Security Management, December 2012, page 82
"In this book, Thomas L. Norman, a master at electronic security and risk management consulting and author of the industry reference manual for the design of integrated security systems, describes the full range of EAC devices--credentials, readers, locks, sensors, wiring, and computers, showing how they work, and how they are installed. The book presents an arcane and complex subject with a conversational and layered learning approach which results in a thorough understanding of each point, thus offering quick career advancement potential to students and prospective security professionals."--ASIS International.com




Table of Contents

Part 1 - The Basics
1. Introduction and Overview
2. Foundational Security and Access Control Concepts
3. How Access Control Systems Work

Part 2 - How Things Work
4. Access Control Credentials and Credential Readers
5. Access Control Portals
6. Life Safety and Exit Devices
7. Door Types and Door Frames
8. Doors and Fire Ratings
9. Electrified Locks - Overview
10. Electrified Locks - Free Egress Locks
11. Electrified Locks - Magnetic Locks
12. Electrified Locks - Dead-Bolt Locks
13. Electrified Locks - Specialized Locks
14. Standard Door/Lock Combinations
15. Specialized Portal Control Devices and Applications
16. Access Control System History You Need to Know
17. Access Control Panels and Networks
18. Access Control System Servers and Workstations

Part 3 - The Things that Make Systems Sing
19. Security System Integration
20. Integrated Alarm System Devices
21. Related Security Systems
22. Related Building/Facility Systems
23. Cabling Considerations
24. Environmental Considerations
25. Access Control Design
26. Access Control System Installation and Commissioning
27. System Management, Maintenance and Repair