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Intruder Alarms - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780750681674, 9780080478746

Intruder Alarms

3rd Edition

Author: Gerard Honey
eBook ISBN: 9780080478746
Paperback ISBN: 9780750681674
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 31st January 2007
Page Count: 368
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Intruder Alarms provides a definitive and fully up-to-date guide to the specification, systems design, integration, installation and maintenance of intruder alarm systems. It has been written to be the essential handbook for installation engineers and security professionals working in this rapidly expanding and developing area.

The third edition includes new material on systems integration, digital systems, wireless and remote signalling technologies, and electrical safety.

The revision has brought coverage fully in line with the new European standards (EN50131 / BS EN 50131-1), with their implications summarised in a new appendix. The coverage has also been carefully matched to the requirements of the new Knowledge of Security and Emergency Alarm Systems from City & Guilds (1852).

Key Features

  • An hugely popular practical guide for installation engineers and security professionals now in its third edition
    * Essential reading for managers responsible for the commissioning and maintenance of security alarm systems
    * Third edition is fully matched to the new European standards (EN50131 / BS EN 50131-1)
    * Coverage meets City & Guilds specifications for the new 1852 Security Alarm course


Security alarm installers and systems designers (commercial and domestic), vocational students (UK: City & Guilds 1852), managers involved in the specification and implementation of physical security solutions.

Table of Contents

1. Intruder Alarm Systems
1.1 A complementary part of the security industry
1.2 European Standards Euro Norms (EN). EN50131
1.3 Security grading
1.4 Standards, codes of practice and regulations
1.5 ACPO Security Systems Policy and response organizations
1.6 Local authority requirements
1.7 The installation and servicing company

2. Intruder Alarm System Circuitry
2.1 Detector circuits
2.2 Line-monitoring devices
2.3 The electromagnetic relay
2.4 Power circuits
2.5 Control circuits

3. Intruder Alarm Detection Devices
3.1 Protective switches
3.2 Continuous wiring
3.3 Glass break detectors
3.4 Deliberately operated hold up devices
3.5 Beam interruption detectors
3.6 Movement detectors
3.7 Inertia and vibration detectors
3.8 Capacitive detectors
3.9 Acoustic detectors
3.10 Futuristic detection features
3.11 Perimeter intruder detection systems (PIDS)

4. Power Supplies
4.1 Primary supply
4.2 Secondary supplies
4.3 Power supply requirements
4.4 Ancillary duties
4.5 Power supply considerations

5. Intruder Alarm Control Equipment
5.1 Control panel system facilities
5.2 Control panel detector circuit facilities
5.3 Conventional connection details
5.4 Ancillary control equipment
5.5 Intelligent device, mulitplex, data bus networks and addressable systems
5.6 Voltage surges and induced electromagnetic energy
5.7 Networking. Uploading and downloading

6. Signalling Systems and Confirmed Alarms
6.1 Audible signalling devices
6.2 Visual signalling devices
6.3 Electronmagnetic relays: applications
6.4 Remote signalling: the alarm receiving centre (ARC)
6.5 Remote signalling: telephone lines
6.6 Remote signalling systems and connections
6.7 Radio signalling
6.8 Optical fibres
6.9 Alarm confirmation technology
6.10 Signalling and active goods protection

7. Intruder Alarm Wiring Systems
7.1 Survey of modern wiring methods
7.2 Installation of supports and cables
7.3 Joints and terminations
7.4 Fixing methods for devices
7.5 Working equipement: safe use

8. Inspection and Testing of the Low-Voltage (Mains) Supply
8.1 Part P of the building regulations
8.2 Visual inspection and testing
8.3 Safety precautions and test equipment

9. Commissioning, Maintenance (Servicing) and Fault Location
9.1 Testing the system
9.2 Regulatory authority requirements
9.3 Fault finding
9.4 Customer care: servicing and maintenance
9.5 Test equipment

10. Reference Information
10.1 Wireless intruder alarms
10.2 Environmental protection
10.3 Multiplication factors
10.4 Reference standards, codes of practice and regulations



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About the Author

Gerard Honey

Gerard Honey is an experienced international installer and well known author within the electrical and electronic security and safety areas. He is married with two grown up children and spends part of his time in the north of England, the remainder working abroad. He promotes a healthy lifestyle and swims and cycles on a regular basis, but has an interest in most other sports also - particularly football. Gerard Honey is practical and sees all installations in real terms as he understands technical limitations and working problems.

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Experienced systems installer, Durham, U.K.

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