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Install and service all types of electronic security systems like the pros do (or should)!

Whether you're a security professional who needs to know the latest technologies, or a homeowner who wants to make smart, money-saving decisions to protect your home and family, The Complete Book of Electronic Security tells you what you need to know.

Bill Phillips, a world renowned security expert, has written the most comprehensive and practical guidebook available on installing, buying, selling, and troubleshooting electronic security systems. You'll find step-by-step, crystal-clear installation instructions for:

Intruder and fire alarm systems
Access control systems
Home automation systems
Closed-circuit TV
And more

Bill uses over 200 photos, drawings, and "at-a-glance tips" to make the material easy to understand. For the most complete coverage possible, he also includes:

Contributions from over a dozen of the world's leading security experts
Practical job-finding and career-building tips
A sample certification test used in the United States and Canada
Advice on starting and running an electronic security business
A comprehensive glossary and lists of manufacturers, suppliers, and associations

The Complete Book of Electronic Security contains a wealth of practical information for security officers, alarm system installers, security consultants, building contractors, locksmiths, and homeowners.

Written by a top security expert who knows what you would ask, and gives direct, easy-to-understand answers!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071380188
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/11/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Phillips is president of the International Association of Home Safety and Security Professionals, and author of 10 security-related books, including McGraw-Hill’s The Complete Book of Locks; Locksmithing, 5th Edition (the world’s best-selling locksmithing book). His physical and electronic security articles have appeared in the World Book Encyclopedia, Consumers Digest, Home Mechanix (former Security editor), Locksmith Ledger Intl. (former contributing editor), The Los Angeles Times, Security Dealer and hundreds of trade and general circulation publications.

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Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Ch. 1 Electronic Security: Past and Present 1
Pt. 1 Electronic Security Development 1
Pt. 2 Today's Electronic Security Market 6
Ch. 2 How Alarm Systems Work 11
Pt. 1 Types of Alarm Systems 11
Pt. 2 Alarm Management is Key Ingredient in Effective Security Management Operations 30
Ch. 3 Fire Safety 39
Pt. 1 Fires and Fire Safety Devices 39
Pt. 2 Installing Fire Safety Devices 48
Ch. 4 Electricity Basics 51
Pt. 1 Electricity 51
Pt. 2 Basics of Electronics 57
Ch. 5 Tools 61
Pt. 1 Tools for installing Security Systems 61
Pt. 2 Using the Tools 67
Ch. 6 Wiring 71
Pt. 1 Types of Wiring 71
Pt. 2 Coaxial and Fiber-Optic Cable 77
Ch. 7 Installing and Troubleshooting Alarm Systems 85
Pt. 1 Installing Wireless and Hardwired Systems 85
Pt. 2 Troubleshooting Alarm Systems 90
Ch. 8 Security Lighting 93
Pt. 1 The Nature of Light 93
Pt. 2 Practical Uses of Light 96
Ch. 9 Closed-Circuit Television Systems 101
Pt. 1 Overview of CCTV Market 101
Pt. 2 Digital Cameras, Pans and Tilts, and Video Transmission Options 111
Ch. 10 Smart Homes and Home Automation Systems 125
Pt. 1 Common Standards for Home Automation Systems 125
Pt. 2 Open Systems Architecture: A New Paradigm for the Security Industry 129
Ch. 11 Access Control Systems 135
Pt. 1 Access Control Systems and Components 135
Pt. 2 Electromagnetic Locks 141
Ch. 12 Systems Integration 149
Pt. 1 Overview of the Market 149
Pt. 2 Computer Networks and the Internet: Integration of Information Technology 157
Ch. 13 Vehicle Safety 169
Pt. 1 Overview 169
Pt. 2 How to Install a Car Alarm 172
Ch. 14 Certification and Licensing 175
Pt. 1 Certification and Licensing 175
Pt. 2 Test Your Knowledge 177
Ch. 15 Finding Job Openings and Getting Hired 185
Pt. 1 Overview 185
Pt. 2 Being Interviewed 188
Ch. 16 Starting and Expanding a Business 197
Pt. 1 Basics 197
Pt. 2 Expanding Your Business through Free Promotion 207
Ch. 17 Monitoring Services 215
Pt. 1 Alarm Monitoring Services 215
Pt. 2 Central Station Monitoring Contracts 225
Ch. 18 Final Thoughts 229
App. A: Manufacturers 233
App. B Central Stations and Suppliers 239
App. C Electronic Schematic Symbols 243
App. D License Requirements for New York, North Carolina, and Utah 253
App. E: Certification and Training Programs 261
App. F: Trade Organizations and Publications 265
Glossary 271
Index 293
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