Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things.
—Chinese fortune cookie
Effective design is not done on a framework of the haphazard. Robust, functional, and usable systems are based on a clear design philosophy that incorporates the essence of the nature of their function. Alarm systems are no exception. Chapter 6 explains how the alarm philosophy is developed and later used to provide the foundation for alarm system design.
Start with what the dictionaries think about the word philosophy:
Alarm management philosophy ...