Electronic Security Systems

Electronic Security Systems

Reducing False Alarms

3rd Edition - July 15, 1998

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  • Author: Philip Walker
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750635431

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In the latest edition, Philip Walker not only tackles the electronic aspect of the design of a security system, but also examines the human factor in such systems. In his own words: 'Electronic aids are added to enable security officers to do their jobs better, but not to do their jobs for them'. Today, with the escalation of crime and growing concerns for security, there has been a great increase in the number of electronic security systems. Unfortunately, despite improvements in reliability in terms of equipment manufacture, false alarms do still occur, and they waste a large amount of police time; approximately ninety out of one hundred alarms investigated by the police are false. In the light of this, the new edition of Electronic Security Systems couldn't come at a better time, as it deals extensively with methods of reducing false alarms, allowing the police to concentrate on real breeches of security, and thus ultimately to reduce crime. The extensive and unusual combination of experience that Philip Walker has in the world of electronics, communications and as a security consulting engineer makes him eminently qualified to tackle such subjects. At only £30, this hardback book is an essential addition to your security collection. It has 320 pages packed with advice and technical knowledge, 40 photographs and 25 line diagrams and a good index.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of electronic security systems
  • Written by an experienced security professional
  • Fully updated to examine new equipment with extensive help on avoiding false alarms


Designers, installers of security systems, security consultants, law enforcement agencies, security officers and managers, manufacturers of security equipment

Table of Contents

  • Part 1, Systems: What this book is about, and how to use it, Thinking security, Security system concepts, Space detection fundamentals, Surveying for intruder detection indoors, Movement detection outdoors, Surveillance, Alarm communication and control, Reliability: cause and control of false alarms, Movement control of personnel and materials, Espionage and countermeasures, Sound verification; Part 2, Equipment: Switching sensors, Active infra-red sensors, Ultrasonic sensors, Microwave radar sensors, Passive infra-red sensors, Microphonic sensors, Dual technology, Microwave fence sensors, Field effect sensors, Closed-circuit television, Doors and door control, Signalling and control equipment, Access control equipment, Personnel and material inspection equipment, Power supplies, Standards; Part 3, Implementation: Presentation of information, System design, Installation design and implementation, User training, operational orders and monitoring, Maintenance and service, Feedback, Appendix: British Standards for security equipment and systems; Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 1998
  • Published: July 15, 1998
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750635431

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Philip Walker

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Consulting Engineer

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