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ANSI/BICSI 005-2016, Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) System Design and Implementation Best Practices



Systems supporting the physical security of people and premises are ever increasing in functionality and 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 requirements 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 with 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)


System Requirements and Installation Instructions

Compatible Operating Systems

Windows (All versions Windows 7 and later), Mac OS X, Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, all mobile web browsers, iOS, Android

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