BICSI For IP Video Surveillance Guide

By IPVM Team, Published Feb 11, 2020, 10:38am EST (Info+)

Spend enough time around networks and eventually someone will mention BICSI, the oft-referenced but only vaguely known standards body prevalent in the IT world. The question is: how do BICSI and their guidelines practically affect your surveillance installation?

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In this note we look at this question, key things to know, and other areas they cover. Specifically we explain:

  • The TDMM
  • Standards vs. Codes
  • Modular Plugs
  • Terminating to Patch Panel
  • Testing Cables
  • Cable Labeling
  • Cable Supports
  • Firestops
  • Telecommunications Rooms
  • Grounding / Bonding
  • Power Distribution
  • The RCDD Credential

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Cable *******

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Labeling

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Comments (11)

Perfect, guys. You are the best.

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Interestingly, the 14th edition of the TDMM was released a few weeks ago. The new edition (as it relates to video surveillance/security systems) does not fundamentally change, but if notable concepts are clarified/changed in subsequent BISCI committee discussions, we will update here.

For example, there is a new 14th edition portion on PoE that we are reviewing, but the TDMM content 'catches up' to existing practice rather than directs changes.

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The IPVM Networking course was my first formal exposure to BICSI and this article was a great refresher. Thank you!

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IMHO, LV Security Engineers > RCDD Engineers whom can rarely find their way out of the MPOE.

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Working IT in the early planning phase is critical if you want to hang your security equipment. No one really thinks about security requirements.

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This is my first time learning about BICSI. It is thrilling to know how to navigate codes, standards, reading labels when it comes to IT cabling. Interesting.

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Hi,

I believe there is a spelling mistake here: "Telecommunications Distributation Methods Manual (TDMM):".

Also, in the picture:

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There are a few 2.6mm (8.5ft) that should be 2.6m (8.5f).

Just helping to make this awesome site even better :)

Best regards,

Rean

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Thanks, Rean - both of those have been corrected.

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Awesome! You guys are very QUICK! :)

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Very interesting end in regards to the Security Industry. One would think that with a lot of systems especially Fire Alarm Systems, Life Safety would demand a standard, although I know there are Codes.

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Good overview.

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