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CCTV Surveillance: Video Practices and Technology [Hardcover]


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2 Dec 2006
This revision of the classic book on CCTV technology, "CCTV Surveillance", provides a comprehensive examination of CCTV, covering the applications of various systems, how to design and install a system, and how to choose the right hardware. Taking into account the ever-changing advances in technology using digital techniques and the Internet, "CCTV Surveillance, Second Edition", is completely updated with the recent advancements in digital cameras and digital recorders, remote monitoring via the Internet, and CCTV integration with other security systems. Continuing in the celebrated tradition of the first edition, the second edition is written to serve as a useful resource for the end-user as well as the technical practitioner. Each chapter begins with an overview, and presents the latest information on the relevant equipment, describing the characteristics, features and application of each device. Coverage of aging or obsolete technology is reduced to a historical perspective, and eight brand new chapters cover digital video technology, multiplexers, integrated camera-lens-housing, smart domes, and rapid deployment CCTV systems. It serves as an indispensable resource on CCTV theory. It includes eight new chapters on the use of digital components and other related technologies that have seen a recent explosion in use. It is fully illustrated and the book contains completely updated photographs and diagrams that represent the latest in CCTV technology advancements.

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Herman Kruegle is a consultant to Avida Inc., a manufacturer of rapid deployment video systems for personnel protection. He was formerly the president of Visual Methods, Inc., an electro-optics firm engaged in the manufacture of CCTV security and electro-optical, low vision, and inspection products. Mr. Kruegle holds six patents in the security, electro-optical, and laser fields. He has published numerous papers in professional electro-optics and security journals, including a lens primer series on CCTV optics and lenses and a series on covert CCTV security. Mr. Kruegle has been a contributing author for three texts focusing on CCTV security as applied to loss prevention in industry, museums, libraries, and cargo.

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1.0 out of 5 stars CCTV Surveillance - an old book 23 Jan 2002
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My recommendation on this book is this is very old book. It describes the very basic features and technology which you could learn on web without spending any money at all. Even this book does not describe the Frames and fields, and nor discussing at all about the digital video servers.
Not recommending at all to buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good, useful book. 4 Feb 2005
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First, I'll agree that this book is outdated. It was written on the edge of the Dot Com boom, when the entire CCTV industry was still based on analog equipment. This is why I am not giving it the full 5 stars.

Critique of this book:

The previous reviewer complains about the book not discussing digital video servers - but in chapter 8 this book DOES talk about storing video on hard drives and on optical disks. In 1995 optical disks were the most cost effective method of storing video.

The previous reviewer also complains that this book doesn't describe Frames and Fields, and that too is a valid complaint, but one that should not be held against this book due to the time it was published.

This book is meant as an overview for the CCTV professional just starting out in the CCTV industry. It is not meant to be an engineer's handbook on how PAL or NTSC video is constructed, and it does not go into the mathematics of video. Kruegle was not concerned with explaining video Frames or Fields because these concepts were only of interest to CCTV design engineers. Frames and Fields only became important to the layman when explaining to the layman about storage of video in a digital format.

Video servers were not mentioned because in 1995 video servers were rare and costly. In 1995 when this book was published, hard drive storage cost 23 to 24 cents per megabyte. Today (Feb 2005) hard drive storage costs 6 to 7 cents per 100 megabytes. A video storage system that uses 16 cameras would need to store 480 images a second for real-time video. If the average image size were 9 KB, then one day of storage would require 373 GB of storage. In 1995 this storage would have required two hundred twenty seven top of the line 1.6 GB hard drives, and the cost of the hard drives alone would have been over 85 thousand dollars! Compare this to a single 400 GB hard drive today, which would cost a mere $200.

It's no wonder that Kruegle only touched on digital storage. He mentions that the CCTV industry will advance in the digital realm within the "next decade", and boy was he right! But at the time of his writing, all CCTV systems were analog based, and centrally located. Distributed Ethernet based CCTV systems were not practical. (Many people today would argue that they are still not practical.)

So what's so good about this book?

Why in the world would anyone want to have this outdated book on his or her bookshelf?

Because the basic concepts of CCTV are still valid! Also because no other book has been written to present such a well thought out overview of CCTV!

This book describes the role of CCTV in protecting property, people and assets, it describes the limitations of CCTV in general, it discusses the lighting needed, and exactly how to determine what lens to use in which situation. It has one of the best descriptions of how to calculate field of view from focal length that I've ever seen. (Recording methods may have changed, but lens technology is still pretty much the same!)

It discusses analog video transmission methods. And even though there is a huge push today to make all video dependant on gigabit Ethernet, there will always be a need for a few feet of 75-ohm coax cable. An understanding of cable impedance and termination will always be essential.

Kruegle's discussion of Pan / Tilt camera systems is still valid today. He explains pan and tilt degrees per second and why it is important to the CCTV professional. His advice on what is required for servicing a dome or P/T system will save installers and maintainers headaches.

The chapters on low light and covert cameras are extremely outdated (with shoebox cameras for covert installations!) but his advice on placement and lenses for these applications is still extremely useful.

The chapters on CCTV use and applications, and on CCTV power sources are still current.

There are a lot of books on the market that explain digital video at an engineering level, including compression and digital storage (check out the books by Peter Symes), but for a good layman's explanation of where to install your CCTV system, which lenses to use, and how to make the system friendly to users, this is the book to start with.
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