Driving a Ferrari is exhilarating — unless you happen to be on a dirt road. Whether it’s a sophisticated automobile or wired security device, both will fail miserably if not provided a suitable pathway. For the latter, it’s key to know the technologies and standards.
September 30, 2009
ADT Security Services and two subcontractors took on an IP-based video surveillance solution at a new $27 million rail transit parking facility in Irvine, Calif. Under a tight deadline, a supremely coordinated effort was necessary to overcome obstacles before achieving success.
By Rodney Bosch · August 31, 2009
Today's technicians are faced with many choices when it comes to routing and securing system cabling. Should the cable go in a raceway or conduit, be surface mounted, and if so, how should that cable be properly secured? Knowing the best technique and hardware for accomplishing cable management can be a time- and money-saver for any installation company.
June 30, 2009
In years past alarm technicians operated under the assumption that combination burglar/fire alarm panels were not allowed on commercial fire jobs. One reason is that many ...
November 30, 2008
SSI Staff · September 30, 2008
It’s important to know what type of cable to use in a fire alarm system no matter what the situation. Not only is it important from a functionality standpoint, but it’s also important because your clients must be code compliant in order to satisfy a number of concerns, such as an insurance company or ...
August 31, 2008
I can remember at an early age the mystery in learning a secret code. It was a way to feel important because only you and a select group really understood how to communicate with this order of the secret code. Now that we are older and either have, or are working on, a profession the fancy of childhood codes has passed. But as some have learned ...
July 31, 2008
Q: Now that I am having to connect more and more residential alarm panels to an Internet connection I am looking for suggestions to make sure I have a reliable connection to the central station. Any suggestions?
June 30, 2008
As part of a new construction project, you install a camera with a fixed focal length lens. What happens when the user isn’t happy with the resulting view? You change the lens. What if you add a card reader to a system and there is a protocol compatibility issue? You swap out the reader. Fortunately, these problems have relatively simple solutions. But there’s one aspect of such a project that usually isn’t so easily remedied: ...
December 31, 2007
Q: I have been having a lot of trouble with technicians labeling cable on new installs. Do you have any suggestions that would help do a better job?
November 30, 2007