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Technical Security Training

The certified professionals at Security Management Consulting provide technical training on several security issues. Below you fill find our entire list of courses.

Fundamentals of Electronic Security

This course is intended for security officers, security managers, facility managers and other individuals responsible for security functions. It is an introduction to electronic security systems, including intrusion detection devices, control units, video surveillance systems, and access control systems. The emphasis is on the fundamental principles of system operation and their proper use. This course also helps students to identify and diagnose simple system problems, such as nuisance alarms and equipment malfunctions. Graphics are used heavily in this course. This course is ideal for meeting ongoing training requirements for security officers and for basic training of new security personnel. This course is divided into two modules for easier scheduling.

Networking 101: Basics of TCP/IP Networking

This course is intended for security professionals who work with or are planning to work with networked security systems, including access control systems, digital networked video, and IP-based cameras. The emphasis is on the basics of TCP/IP networking, including discussion of the seven layers of the OSI model, networking terminology, the structure and routing of data packets, Ethernet technologies, SSL security, and subnetting. Graphics are used heavily in this course to help explain concepts.

Video Imaging and Signal Transmission

This course is intended for security professionals, security monitoring personnel, and technicians who work with or regularly use video surveillance systems. The emphasis is on the basics of video imaging and video systems, including a detailed examination of imaging devices, video signal transmission, camera lens selection, video camera terminology, basic video system components, and placement and selection of video cameras for optimal subject viewing. Graphics are used heavily in this course. Questions and discussion are invited.

Digital Video Systems and Video Archiving

This course is intended for security professionals, security monitoring personnel, and technicians who work with or regularly use video surveillance systems. The emphasis is on digital video, video compression techniques, and video archiving. Questions and discussion are invited.

National Electrical Code: Installation of Low-Voltage Security and Fire-Alarm Systems

This course is intended for project managers, technicians, and security personnel who work with projects involving low-voltage security or fire alarm systems. The emphasis is on those NEC requirements specific to the installation of these systems, including requirements for cable type, installation methods, and system classification. This course also reviews the general requirements for electrical installations, including bonding and grounding, proper use of raceways, and circuit protection. Graphics are used heavily in this course. Questions and discussion are invited. A state-licensed electrical contractor teaches this course.

Acceptance and Commissioning of Security Projects

This course is intended for project managers and security professionals who work with projects involving security systems, access control systems, and video surveillance systems. The emphasis is on the final acceptance and commissioning of projects, and includes recommendations for post-construction activities. Topics include preparation for system acceptance, objective evaluation of system and component performance, creating standard forms and procedures for testing, punch-listing a project, common deficiencies in system installation, project closeout, and the handling of record documents and turnover documentation. Graphics are used heavily in this course. Questions and discussion are invited.

Design and Installation of Access Controlled Doors

This course is intended for project managers and security professionals who work with, or are planning to work with, access control systems. The emphasis is on the practical aspects of installing, or converting existing doors to, access controlled doors. Topics that are covered include basic door and hardware terminology, methods of requesting egress, code considerations for doors in a means of egress, and practical solutions to common problems with access controlled doors. Graphics are used heavily in this course. Questions and discussion are invited.

Installing Code-Compliant Security and Access Control Systems

This course reviews Code requirements for the installation of low-voltage security and access control systems, including video surveillance systems using coaxial cable. Major emphasis is placed on NEC (2005) with additional review of the 2006 NC Building Code (2003 International Building Code with Supplement and NC Amendments) requirements for access-controlled doors in a means of egress and the “National Fire Alarm Code” (2002) requirements for control of smoke doors and access controlled doors in a means of egress. It is intended that students will have a working knowledge of the basic Code requirements after attending. This course covers the Codes in great detail and is very fast-paced. It is intended for serious students.

Introduction to Troubleshooting for Alarm Circuits

This course covers basic, practical troubleshooting techniques for alarm detection, low-voltage power, and other types of circuits used in alarm systems, specifically the wiring and cabling portion of the systems. Students are introduced to simple electrical schematics and circuit calculations using Ohm’s Law and Watt’s Law. The proper methods of taking circuit measurements are covered in detail. After completion of the course, students should be able to identify and troubleshoot common circuit problems, including shorts, high-resistance shorts, opens, grounds, intermittent faults, excessive voltage loss, polarity reversals, excessive current draw, and similar conditions. Students will also be able to identify installation techniques, including the selection of conductors, to minimize the likelihood of future circuit problems.

Advanced Troubleshooting for Alarm Circuits

This course covers advanced troubleshooting techniques for alarm detection, low-voltage power, and other types of circuits used in alarm systems, specifically the wiring and cabling portion of the systems. Students are introduced to more complex circuits and circuit faults requiring advanced skills. Specialized equipment for troubleshooting circuit faults, including tone tracers, cable testers, insulation testers, time-domain reflectometers, and data loggers, are discussed and demonstrated. After completion of the course, students should be able to identify and troubleshoot more advanced circuit problems, including shorts, high-resistance shorts, opens, grounds, intermittent faults, excessive voltage loss, polarity reversals, excessive current draw, and similar conditions. Students will also be able to identify installation techniques, including the selection of conductors, to minimize the likelihood of future circuit problems.

Preparing for the NC SP-LV Electrical Examination

This course reviews subject areas from the NEC applicable to the SP-LV (special low voltage) classification examination, as well as administrative requirements of the NCBEEC. The Course concentrates on the NEC requirements for the installation of low-voltage and power-limited circuits for security and fire alarm systems, but also addresses other subject areas as described by the NCBEEC in their information for applicants. Students should have a better understanding of installation and wiring methods for these systems, including requirements from other important NEC Articles. This course covers NEC, in great detail and is very fast-paced. It will help people who need to pass the examination, as well as new and older employees in the company. It is intended for serious students. Some familiarity with the NEC is expected. It is strongly recommended that students bring a copy of the Code (2002) to class in order to participate in exercises.

Writing SQL Reports

The SQL reporting class will cover how to write reports with SQL. It is designed for users with no or little knowledge of SQL, and starts from the ground up. Taught by example, the course starts with the most basic SQL statements, and builds on them to show how complex queries can be written. All of the necessary SQL concepts are explained, with examples, giving students the base that they need to understand the underlying concepts. Inserting, deleting and updating are also covered, as well as security and data integrity issues with this functionality.

CARMA Training

This course is an in-depth look at how to effectively use and administrate CARMA. CARMA is a powerful reporting system that allows non-technical users to query their Picture Perfect system to generate a wide variety of reports. The course will cover all available reporting features, including Badge History, Alarm History, Operator History, Card holder Reports, exporting images, and more. The course will also cover the basic administration and configuration of CARMA, and how to adjust the import settings to retain more history data, change the import frequency, and more.