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Alarm & Electronic Security Systems

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Alarm & Electronic Security Systems

May 10, 2021

“The Peaceable Kingdom” 1833) Edward Hicks


“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

and the calf and the young lion and fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

— Issiah 11:16



The security of educational communities have had far too many drivers for innovation in security apparatus and systems in recent years.  In addition to tragic headline events, the growth of sporting events as revenue drivers and brand identity support run in the same tributary.  Accordingly, we follow action in international electrotechnology standards because, as the Internet of Things rolls out, we find synaptic connection growth happening at warp speed.   Products are changing; systems are changing and — of course — software/middleware/firmware is changing.

Templates for safety and sustainability goals are already in consensus products of the Genève sister organizations that support the voluntary consensus-based International Standards system.

Most of the innovation in alarm and electronic security systems is undertaken by multi-national industrial conglomerates with a synergistic relationship with consensus product development administered by the International Electrotechnical Commission. We are routinely on the receiving end of public commenting opportunity presented by IEC Technical Committee 79; its landing page linked below:

IEC TC 79 Alarm and electronic security systems / Strategic Business Plan

Contingent upon setting up a (free) account, the IEC standards development platform is open to the public — i.e. anyone may comment upon an exposure draft.

Since the beginning of 2020 we have reviewed redlines of standards listed below:

– Access control systems;
– Alarm transmission systems;
– Video surveillance systems;
– Combined and/or integrated systems even including fire alarm systems;
– Fire detection and fire alarm systems;
– Intruder and hold-up alarm systems;
– Remote receiving and/or surveillance centres;
– Social alarm systems.

We refer IEC calls for public consultation to the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee but keep track of them on the provisional workspace linked below:

USNC/IEC Workspace*

We maintain the work products of this committee on the standing agenda of our Security, Prometheus, Global and Risk colloquia.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue: [15-162]

Category: Electrical, Telecommunication, Risk Management, Fire Protection, International

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Kane Howard, Richard Robben

*This workspace was converted (June 10th) to the new Google Sites; recently required by the University of Michigan.   We hope for zero, or few bugs in the conversion.


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