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The systems supporting the physical security of people and premises are ever increasing in import of complexity. As systems have become IP enabled, integration of systems through the network has also provided new opportunities and solutions in protecting people, assets, and property. As a system is only as good as its weakest link, BICSI 005 was developed to provide the requirement and recommendations of a structured cabling infrastructure that would support all types of security systems.

This current edition of BICSI 005 continues to bridge the two worlds of security and communications by providing the security professional the requirement and recommendations of a structured cabling infrastructure needed to support today's security systems while providing the cabling design professional information on different elements within safety and security systems that affect the cabling infrastructure design.

Specific revisions and additions within BICSI 005-2016 include:
  • Requirement and recommendations for IP fire alarm systems (Class N)
  • Updated ICT infrastructure requirements and recommendations to meet current code and ESS system needs
  • Integration of Infrastructure management
  • Commissioning
  • System training, operations and maintenance
  • Cloud based service models
Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Scope
3 Required Standards and Documents
4 Definitions, Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Units Of Measurement
5 Telecommunications Infrastructure
6 Intrusion Detection
7 Video Surveillance
8 Access Control
9 Fire Alarm Systems
10 Integrated Systems
11 Risk Management and Risk Assessment
12 Commissioning
Appendix A: Cabling Pathways (Normative)
Appendix B: Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) Design Fundamentals (Informative)
Appendix C: Wireless Transmission (Informative)
Appendix D: Cloud Computing (Informative)
Appendix E: System Training (Informative)
Appendix F: ESS Operations and Maintenance (Informative)
Appendix G: Related Documents (Informative)

Document History

  1. BICSI 005-2016


    Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) System Design and Implementation Best Practices

    • Most Recent
  2. BICSI 005-2013

    Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) System Design and Implementation Best Practices

    • Historical Version