Tech Talk: Setting Your Sites for Tech Tips

[IMAGE]11790[/IMAGE] — Now I will direct you to the Web site of one of the legends in the low-voltage industry. For years, Mike Holt has been a leader in providing training material and programs dealing with the National Electrical Code (NEC), and offers many areas that directly deal with the mysteries of applying low-voltage technology. When you get to his site you may be overwhelmed with all the information. Be sure you check out the Free Stuff area, which is packed with material on electrical code and even some exam preparation material.

As an extra tip, make sure to go to the technical section and download a free copy of Holt’s book, “Guide to Low-Voltage and Limited-Energy Systems.” Another technical area that has been hot lately concerns all the NEC changes related to grounding and bonding. If you get a chance, also review the forum area as it is also a great place to keep up with what’s happening pertaining to NEC. — The next resource is a free reference book, the “Intrusion Sensor Application Notebook,” that will help everyone from techs and engineers to end users and facility managers. The history of the book is interesting as it started way back with a company called Sentrol that was later acquired by GE Security. 

I have always found this book a good reference source for a variety of intrusion sensors. It includes topics like, “Did you know you can apply a UL-Listed shock sensor to standard alarm control cabinets in a way similar to how you apply sensors to safes for safe protection?”

To locate this free manual, go to the Intrusion Devices section and look for it by name. This resource is a definite plus for your personal security library, so download it today. — One of the challenges of all security equipment service personnel is servicing older equipment in the field. What makes this task especially difficult is finding manuals that are no longer in print and being able to reference them while out in the field. A good resource to help with this problem is a site run by Technical Manuals Online. This company has also made some other goodies available for free.

One item in particular is the “Tech Help” book, which is available as a free download. This book is actually in the form of a program that you can keep on your favorite PC. Some of the cool areas in this document are “Tech Tips & Other Neat Stuff,” “Manufacturers Index,” and “Frequently Asked Questions.” This site also has a good trade reference listing that is worth a good look. — This happens to be an international Web site with headquarters in Sydney. It is the home base for another CCTV expert, Vlado Damjanovski. If you really want to become an expert in CCTV, this is a great resource location. Make sure to check out Damjanovski’s writings and other testing information, such as the Test Charts and Te
st Pattern Generator.

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