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CCTV Surveillance book review

07 September, 2007
Herman Kruegle's 2nd edition of ÃâÅ"CCTV Surveillance" became available in Europe during the first quarter of 2007 and will no doubt be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of facilities managers, security professionals and university libraries
This 650 page hardback tome could hardly be described as a light read but that was never its real purpose so for anyone looking for a quick overview of what the sophisticated world of camera surveillance can offer, this book will remain largely unread.

It's strength lies in the comprehensiveness of its reference material which is thorough enough to provide any specifier with the details they need to talk on the level with even the most baffling of salesmen, containing all the material you need for choosing and deploying CCTV systems including networking and monitoring.

The line drawing illustrations and catalogue style photographs are simple and clear which give the book the feel of a textbook and make it understandable to anyone with a rudimentary education in engineering.

There is also a good selection of charts and tables covering such items as lens light transmission capabilities, illumination operating ranges, pinhole camera fields of view and many others. Did you know that Venezuela uses 120v, 60Hz mains power, 525 TV lines and NTSC? â€" Maybe you don't need to know but if you do, its all in this book. These tables are extremely useful but given the size of the book, they can be hard to find at a moments notice and an index of tables would have made this task much easier.

My only problem with the book is in terms of its layout for use by specifiers who want to know a few basic facts and make comparisons in order to choose a system. The structure makes it very difficult to fathom out where to look for information because it seems to be organised in the sequence that the author thought of the topic rather than grouping similar topics together. To have sub-divided the chapters into groups covering for example camera systems, lenses and optics, networks, hardware, installation and then special applications like motion detection and covert surveillance would have made the book much more useful for end users.

The final section of the book contains a glossary which references terminology used within the main text and although this is undoubtedly useful, it isn't as thorough as it could be with general knowledge inclusions such as "fluorescent lamp" and industry jargon omissions such as "digital flip".

Despite these drawbacks, I would recommend this book for industry professionals as a solid source of reference available under one cover at a reasonable price.

"CCTV Surveillance 2nd edition" is published by Elsevier (ISBN 0750677686) and is available in the USA and Europe priced at USD79.95, Euro66.95 or GBP45.99.

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