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Security: A Guide to Security System Design and Equipment Selection and Installation, Second Edition Paperback – August 4, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0750696241 ISBN-10: 0750696249 Edition: 2nd
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This important reference outlines the data objectively, enabling the reader to make informed judgments about competing bids or proposals, to compile briefs, and to design or maintain security systems.

About the Author

Neil Cumming is a partner at Dodd, Cumming, and Love Consulting Engineers in Plymouth, England. As Projects Manager for all security projects, he is directly responsible for the design of all security systems-from inception to completion-for a variety of clients. In this role, Mr. Cumming has designed and supervised the installation of security systems on private and military sites throughout Britain and the Middle East. Starting working life as an apprentice electrician, Mr. Cumming later studied at the City University, London, earning a degree in Building Services and Environmental Engineering.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2 edition (August 4, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750696249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750696241
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Glen M. Greer on April 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
10 years is a long time in high technology, and alarms sytems are based on high technology. So this book is now of mainly historical interest and for background reading.
Compounding this issue for non-UK residents, is the fact that the book was written in the UK, by a UK engineer about UK alarm sytems. These differ quite significantly from those used in the USA. There are different regulatory standards and quite different customs and practices.
When published, the book was an exceptionally useful volume and it highlighted for me the mystery of why there was no equivalent in the USA, nor is there today. Mr. Cumming should update his book and someone in the US should take it as a model for a book about US alarm systems.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2003
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Most of info on electronics is out of date in this book, don't waste your money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Murphy on August 11, 2007
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This book was published 15 years ago in 1992. Like all technology, security system design and equipment improves at a dramatic rate (on a yearly basis). The information in this book is not relevant to today's available technology. There are better resources out there.
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What I liked about this book is that its detailed and has good current and historical information about the security industry. Some of the information about detection devices is out dated but it gives you a good perspective on what the past trends in the security industry was like. Now items like glass break detectors and PIR and dual sensors are a main stay in the industry. I purchased this book for the Florida state alarm exam along with a bunch of other books. I took the online prep course with Steve Dale at Power Learning Systems. That helped a lot. I don't believe I would have passed this very hard exam without taking this course. Also, you need to get all the state approved reference books because the exam questions are from every book that is listed on the state website.
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