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Learn the fundamentals of electronic access control through clear, well-illustrated explanations!

Table of Contents

Part 1 - The Basics 1. Introduction and Overview 2. Foundational Security and Access Control Concepts 3. How Access Control Systems Work Part 2 - How Things Work 4. Access Control Credentials and Credential Readers 5. Access Control Portals 6. Life Safety and Exit Devices 7. Door Types and Door Frames 8. Doors and Fire Ratings 9. Electrified Locks - Overview 10. Electrified Locks - Free Egress Locks 11. Electrified Locks - Magnetic Locks 12. Electrified Locks - Dead-Bolt Locks 13. Electrified Locks - Specialized Locks 14. Standard Door/Lock Combinations 15. Specialized Portal Control Devices and Applications 16. Access Control System History You Need to Know 17. Access Control Panels and Networks 18. Access Control System Servers and Workstations Part 3 - The Things that Make Systems Sing 19. Security System Integration 20. Integrated Alarm System Devices 21. Related Security Systems 22. Related Building/Facility Systems 23. Cabling Considerations 24. Environmental Considerations 25. Access Control Design 26. Access Control System Installation and Commissioning 27. System Management, Maintenance and Repair

About the Author

Thomas L. Norman, CPP/CSC is an internationally acclaimed security and anti-terrorism consultant. Mr. Norman's expertise ranges from risk management consulting to security program development consulting to security technology consulting, to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) consulting. Mr. Norman is a prolific author and his ideas have affected the design on numerous security technologies. Mr. Norman works in very high security areas and teaches how to evaluate the correct mix of technology and non-technology approaches for each case. Mr. Norman's pleasant writing style makes learning interesting and helps you retain more of what is taught.


"This book is likely one of the most current and comprehensive works available in this subject area...This book is recommended for the general reader of security literature and those with specific access control responsibilities needing a ready reference source."--Security Management, December 2012, page 82 "In this book, Thomas L. Norman, a master at electronic security and risk management consulting and author of the industry reference manual for the design of integrated security systems, describes the full range of EAC devices--credentials, readers, locks, sensors, wiring, and computers, showing how they work, and how they are installed. The book presents an arcane and complex subject with a conversational and layered learning approach which results in a thorough understanding of each point, thus offering quick career advancement potential to students and prospective security professionals."--ASIS

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