BICSI recently announced the release of its latest standard, ANSI/BICSI 005-2013, "Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) System Design and Implementation Best Practices." Security systems today are converging onto the network. As the systems used within security have become more complex, so too has the cabling infrastructure to address both communication and security requirements.

According to BICSI, this standard bridges the two worlds of security and communications by providing the security professional with the requirements and recommendations of a structured cabling infrastructure needed to support today’s security systems while providing the cabling design professional information on different elements within safety and security systems that affect the design. BICSI 005 also provides information on the concept of “direct attach” and how it may be used within many forms of ESS systems.