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Form 102
(Members Only)
Summary of changes between TS 50131-2-6:2004 and EN 50131-2-6:2008 – a guide (July 2010)

This guide describes, clause by clause, the changes introduced when TS 50131-2-6, opening Members only magnetic contacts, was converted to a standard and became BS EN 50131-2-6 in 2008.

Form 104 
(Members Only)
Scenarios related to BS 8243:2010 Clause 6.4.5 – guidance (September 2010)

Under the PD 6662: 2010 scheme, BS 8243 replaces DD 243 to give requirements for confirmation Members only of intruder alarms. This guide helps with understanding of how systems work when using the method of unsetting described in Clause 6.4.5 (i.e. using a fob). The guide uses diagrams instead of words to describe a variety of possible events to show how the system should respond. For installers this guide will help to answer user questions and for manufacturers it will assist with equipment testing.

Form 107
(Members Only)
Summary of changes to EN 50131-3 from TS 50131-3:2003 TO EN 50131-3:2009 – a guide

This guide describes, clause by clause, the changes introduced when TS 50131-3:2003 was Members only converted to EN 50131-3:2009. (November 2012)

Form 112
(Members Only)
An installer guide to PD6662 compatibility considerations for I&HAS (Issue 1 – March 2011) 

This guide has been developed to help installers and manufacturers during the dual running Members only period of the PD6662 Scheme 2004 and 2010 versions. During the 2 year dual running period which started on 31st May 2010 installers may choose whether to install a system compliant with PD 6662:2004 or PD 6662:2010.

Form 114
Personal Attack Alarms – a guide (Issue 4 – March 2010)

An information sheet for using a deliberately operated device.
FOC up to 20 copies; Larger quantities - price on application

Form 116
Comparison of changes between BS 5979:2007 and EN 50518-1:2010 (September 2011)

This comparison guide has been drawn up to give an easy reference on a clause by clause basis to Members only highlight changes in the requirements to EN50518-1: Monitoring and Alarm Receiving Centres, Part 1, Location and construction requirements.

Secure your Home Fact Sheet

A4 flyer giving guidance on securing your home.

Form 169

Integration of intruder systems with others under PD6662 (July 2013) 

This document gives guidance for the application of the standards for intruder and hold-up alarm systems to integrated systems. An integrated system in this context is one that includes an intruder and hold-up alarm system (I&HAS) and some other system whether that be a security related system (e.g. access control), a fire detection system, a building management system, home automation system or some other equipment.

Form 171

The implementation of prEN 50131-1:2004 – a guide (Issue 3 – May 2007) 

This document has been prepared to give guidance on the interpretation of some of the clauses in PD6662:2004 and prEN50131-2:2004 that have been open to misinterpretation or in need of further clarification.

Form 175

Industry agreement on the implementation of additional communication requirements between ATE and CIE (June 2012)

PD6662:2004 introduced requirements for exchange of additional information between CIE & ATE.

Form 179

A guide to DD CLC/TS 50131-3:2003 part 3: control & indicating equipment (June 2012)

This guideline can be used by manufacturers to self certify their products to conform to the technical specification.

Form 180

Interpretation of BS EN 50131-6:1998 alarm systems – intrusion systems (June 2012)

part 6 : Power Supplies – industry guideline

This document has been prepared to give guidance on the interpretation of some of the clauses in the standard that have been open to misinterpretation or that need further clarification.

Form 184

TS 50131-2-6:2004 interpretation guide (July 2007)

Requirements for opening contacts (magnetic)

This document has been prepared to give guidance on the interpretation of some of the clauses in the standard that have been open to misinterpretation, in need of further clarification or which do not interface correctly with other standards in the EN50131 family – especially TS50131-3”.

Form 186

CE Marks Guide and Checklist (August 2005)

This guide explains what the CE Mark is, why it is important and how installers and distributors can take steps to ensure that they are using genuine CE-marked equipment from manufacturers. The guide contains a useful Q&A and checklist.

BS EN 50131-5-3:2005 interpretation guide (February 2006) 

Requirements for interconnections equipment using radio frequency techniques

This document has been prepared to give guidance on the interpretation of some clauses in the standard that have been open to misinterpretation, in need of clarification or which do not interface correctly with other standards in the 'EN 50131 series'

Form 193

Work at Height Regulations 2005 – installer guide (June 2006) 

Installers Guide to assist in the use of ladders and step-ladders in compliance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005. In the light of the Work at Height legislation, the BSIA Security

Systems Section saw the need to provide installers with guidance in the safe use of ladders and step-ladders to help installers comply with the Regulations.

Form 201

A guide to the interpretation of EN 50136-1-1 & EN 50136-2-1 for alarm transmission Systems and equipment (June 2007)

It is intended this guideline can be used by manufacturers to self-certify their products to conform to the European standards, or be offered to a test house to clarify relevant tests and results.

Form 202

Systems guide – DD 245 to BS 8473 (December 2006)

There has been a total overhaul of DD 245 to take account of the introduction of the European Members only Standards and the new requirements of ACPO/ACPOS Policies. This summary has been undertaken on a clause by clause basis where changes or additional clauses have been added to BS 8473 : 2006.

An installer’s guide to internet protocol (IP) in the security industry (June 2007)

This guide is aimed at providing installers with a basic understanding of the concepts of IP in security applications and to assist in the design and installation considerations.

Form 211

A user guide to the use of internet protocol (IP) in the security industry (June 2007)

This brief document explains most of the security opportunities for local area network/wide area network use from a simple IP-based system, to an integrated solution incorporating multiple systems. It is directed towards an end user at an entry level to provide guidance on the use of IP technology in the security industry.

Form 233

Retention of documents – a guide (February 2019) 

This best practice document will help businesses and individuals understand the basics of record management in order to prevent identify fraud and corporate identity theft.

Form 234

An industry guide to installation of IP-based secure signalling systems for intruder and hold up alarm systems (May 2008)

Guide drawn up to assist all parties in the design and installation of IP-based secure signalling systems. It is intended to be used in conjunction with PD6662.

Form 236

A guide to Internet Protocol (IP) for ARCs and RVRCs (May 2008) 

Guide drawn up to assist Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) and Remote Video Response Centres (RVRCs) in utilising Internet Protocol technology for security systems.I

Form 244

A guide to PA intervention using call back (March 2010)

Ihe ACPO 2008 police response to alarm systems policy calls for the introduction of panic alarm Members only (PA) intervention when a PA loses its police response through poor performance. This guide isdesigned to assist installers and ARCs in managing PA intervention using a "call back" filtering process. Other methods of intervention such as audio or visual, or a combination of these methods, are not covered in this guide, but are acceptable to meet the ACPO 2008 policy.

Form 249

A guide to the CP249 interconnection protocol for use in I&HAS part 1: specification (Issue 2 – April 2011)

This open protocol specification permits manufacturers to develop Intruder and Hold-up Alarm System (I&HAS) products with genuinely inter-connectability by a 4-wire bus to simplify installation, whilst providing the functionality to comply with current and future standards.

Form 251

An industry guide to Universal SPT Interface (February 2009)

A definition of an improved interface between alarm control panels and communication devices.

Form 252

Guide to identifying end of line resistor configurations in magnetic contacts (January 2009)

Guide drawn up by BSIA manufacturers for installers for colour coding. The document gives guidelines that define a common framework to identify popular end of line resistor configurations as used in magnetic contacts whose resistors are embedded in the product at the point of manufacture.

Form 255

A guide to fast format protocol for intruder alarm reporting (May 2010)

This document defines a way of communicating between a digital communicator and an alarm Members only receiving centre receiver, using Fast Format signalling. It anticipates the introduction of the BT "21CN" project, and includes recommendations for equipment changes to deal with the transmission delays that are anticipated when this is implemented.

Form 267

ECS Card (2009)

It is increasingly difficult to gain contracts on building sites without individuals on site having an Members only H&S certificate. The guide provides advice on how to obtain the H&S Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) card.

Form 270

A summary of the changes to EN 50131-1 – a guide (November 2009)

This guide describes the changes made in the EN50131-1 standard from the version called up by Members only PD6662:2004 to that used in the new PD6662 scheme starting in 2010.It is intended this guideline can be used by manufacturers to self-certify their products to conform to the European standards, or be offered to a test house to clarify relevant tests and results.

Form 271

Guideline for use of the PD6662:2010 scheme for I&HAS standards (Issue 1 – March 2011)

This document has been prepared to give guidance on the interpretation of some of the Members only clauses in PD6662:2010 and BS EN 50131-1:2006 + A1:2009 that may be open to misinterpretation or in need of further clarification. It must be read strictly in the context of the scheme outlined by PD6662:2010. This document may be updated as circumstances require.

Form 280

Interpretation of EN50131-6:2008 Alarm systems Part 6 : Power supplies (December 2009)

This document has been prepared to take account of changes from the TS to the EN version of the standard. Form 180 (Guide to the TS version) is still available.

Form 282

Intruder Alarm User Handbook & Logbook for Security Systems installed to European Standards (October 2012)

Handbook containing guidance on the management of a security system. It is based on the requirements of the European Standards. This booklet replaced previous publication 182 – Intruder Alarm Users' Handbook and Logbook and should be used for all new installations.

Minimum order 50 copies at £78.60 (Members) / £88.20 (Non-Members) inc VAT.

Price on application for larger orders. Overprinting with company name/logo available for orders over 250.

Form 294

A guide to the summary of changes between 2003 and 2008 versions of DD CLC/TS 50131-7

A guide for intruder and hold-up alarm systems has been updated and therefore reissued. These Members only Changes have been made in order to introduce recommendations related to hold-up alarm systems.

(May 2010)

Form 295

A guide to changes introduced under DD 263:2010 (May 2010) 

DD263 has now been revised to create DD263:2010, which is included under PD 6662:2010. This Members only guide therefore describes changes introduced by the addition of DD 263:2010 to the PD 6662 scheme.

Form 296

A summary of changes between PD 6662:2004 and PD 6662:2010 (May 2010)

This guide describes the changes between PD6662:2004 Incorporating Amendments Nos 1 and 2 Members only and PD6662:2010. Where there are changes, this has been shown by a clause by clause basis.

Form 297

Summary of changes between BS 8243 and DD 243:2004 (May 2010) 

DD243 is being converted to BS8243, whilst at the same time, changes are in place to include Members only hold-up (PA) alarms. This guide highlights clause by clause changes or additional clauses added to BS8243.

Form 327

A user guide to intruder and hold up alarm systems incorporating sub-systems (June 2010) 

The recommendations apply to sub-systems within I&HAS installed to PD6662. This document has Members only been drawn up to specify acceptable design parameters to minimize the potential for increased false alarms inherent with more complex systems.

Form 331

A guide to intruder alarms in the education sector
Form 332

Summary of changes between PD 6662:2010 and PD 6662:2017 – a guide

This guide describes the changes between PD 6662: 2010, incorporating amendments, and Members only PD 6662: 2017. The revision takes into account the publication of a number of new, revised or amended European standards. It also adds some new standards and documents published by the British Standards Institute that add or vary requirements for alarm confirmation, commissioning and maintenance and false alarm management.

Form 333

Security Systems Quick Battery Calculator

It is intended this guideline can be used by manufacturers to self-certify their products to conform to the European standards, or be offered to a test house to clarify relevant tests and results.