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Integrated Security Systems Design by Thomas L. Norman

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14 Interfacing to Related Systems

BUILDING SYSTEM INTERFACES

By interfacing the security system to other building systems, it is possible to control lights, doors, ventilation systems, announcement systems, irrigation systems, elevators, and other building systems to the overall benefit of the security of an organization’s assets and safety of its users. Building system interfaces are of two types: information inputs and control outputs.

Information Inputs

Other systems can provide information to the security guard force. For example, when an office building occupant places a 911 call to emergency services (police, fire, or ambulance), that call can be logged on the alarm/access control system, the location of the desk from which the call originates ...

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