BS 8591 – Draft Standard released for public comment

Draft BS 8591 – Remote centres receiving signals from alarm systems – Code of practice.

BSI (British Standards Institution) has issued this draft standard for public comment (BSI Draft for Public Comment DPC: 13/30286749 DC).

The draft BS 8591 has been produced following the publication of the BS EN 50518 suite of standards, which apply to alarm signals generated from intruder and hold-up alarm systems (I&HAS) only.   Alarm signals from other types of alarm systems, i.e. fire, social and closed circuit television systems (CCTV) are not within the scope of the BS EN 50518 suite.

BS 5979, Remote centres receiving signals from fire and security systems – Code of practice, gives recommendations for the planning, construction and facilities of manned and unmanned remote centres, and for the operation of alarm receiving centres (ARCs) receiving signals from security systems including I&HAS.  Consequently, as a result of the publication of the BS EN 50518 suite, BS 5979 has been reviewed.

The review of BS 5979 has led to the development of this British Standard, which does not include references to the monitoring of I&HAS and is intended to be used in conjunction with the BS EN 50518 suite.  However BS 5979 will continue to be used in relation to ARCs that conform to BS 5979.

The draft British Standard is available for review and comment online via the BSI British Standards Draft Review system (DRS) as  Registration with DRS is free.
When submitting comments you will be asked to provide both a comment (i.e. justification for a change) and a proposed change.

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The latest date for BSI to receive comments on the draft is 30 November 2013.

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