Tampa, Fla.-based BICSI, the association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry with information, education, and knowledge assessment, recently released the second edition of the Electronic Safety and Security Design Reference Manual (ESSDRM). The convergence of security systems such as access control and surveillance onto the network places much of the responsibility for future security designs into the hands of ITS professionals. For more information on the BICSI electronic safety and security program, visit the BICSI Web site.

With significant changes from the first edition, the new manual provides key elements essential to anyone in ITS design, including:

  • Principles of security
  • ESS design process
  • Access control
  • Surveillance systems
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • Notification, communication, and display devices
  • Special systems
  • Network security
  • Systems integration
  • Project management
  • Systems operation and commissioning
  • Codes, standards, and regulations
  • Legal aspects of ESS design

The ESSDRM is available as a three-ring binder or on CD-ROM, and sells to BICSI members for $279 and to nonmembers for $499. A combination set of both the manual and CD-ROM can be purchased for $433 (member price) or $789 (non-member price).