Closed Circuit Television

Closed Circuit Television, 3rd Edition

Closed Circuit Television, 3rd Edition,Joe Cieszynski,ISBN9780750681629






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A concise and accessible guide to the specification, selection, installation and maintenance of CCTV

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Key Features

*Demystifies CCTV technology for installers and managers
*Concise, accessible text ideal for hard-pressed practitioners and students
*Fully dual-standard coverage for PAL and NTSC based systems


Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance remains a growing industry in response to increased security threats, and whilst new developments have brought clearer images, digital recording and high speed data transmission, effective security systems still rely upon proper specification and installation by engineers with an in depth knowledge of CCTV principles and technology.

The third edition of Closed Circuit Television provides a thorough technical guide for all those involved in the design, specification, installation and maintenance of CCTV systems. Fully dual-standard for PAL and NTSC systems, the book covers the essential equipment and topics of relevance to practitioners, managers and students on vocational and industry training courses. Extended coverage of flat screen devices, digital recording, and a new chapter on networking principles, bring this popular guide up to date with the latest developments in the field.

Joe Cieszynski is a well-known technical writer with a wealth of experience in the security industry. After many years of college lecturing on TV, video and security topics, he currently acts as City & Guilds’ Chief Examiner for security systems and provides independent CCTV system consultancy.


Security system designers; installation and maintenance engineers; security managers running or commissioning CCTV systems; vocational students, students following Security Industry Training Organisation (SITO), BTEC and independent training courses covering security systems and CCTV.

Joe Cieszynski

Having travelled and worked as an audio, TV and video systems engineer for 12 years, I moved into security systems engineering during the 1980s. I began full time teaching at an FE college in 1985 and during the 1990s established training assessment programmes for the NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in intruder, CCTV and fire alarm systems engineering. I left teaching in 1999 to move back into industry where I now work on a freelance basis, developing and/or delivering training courses for the security systems industry, troubleshooting CCTV systems, and writing technical material for manufacturers as well as Security Installer Magazine. I am also involved with the production of interactive (CD-ROM based) learning material for the security sector.

Affiliations and Expertise

Training Consultant, Manchester, U.K.

Closed Circuit Television, 3rd Edition


1. The CCTV Industry
The role of CCTV
The CCTV Industry

2. Signal Transmission
CCTV signals
Co-axial cable
Ground loops
Twisted pair cable
Structured cabling
Power over Ethernet
Ribbon cable
Fibre-optic cable
Infrared beam
Microwave link
UHF RF transmission
CCTV via the telephone network
Cable test equipment

3. Light and Lighting
Light and the human eye
Measuring light
Light characteristics
Artificial lighting

4. Lenses
Lens theory
Lens parameters
Zoom lenses
Electrical connections
Lens mounts
Lens adjustment
Lens finding

5. Fundamentals of television
Producing a raster
Picture resolution
The luminance signal
The chrominance signal
Television signals
Digital video signals
Video compression
MPEG-2 compression
MPEG-4 compression
Wavelet compression
Common interchange format (CIF)
ITU-T recommendations

6. The CCTV Camera
Charge coupled device
CCD chip operation
Electronic iris
IR filters
Colour imaging
Camera operation
White balance
Back light compensation
Colour/ mono cameras
Camera sensitivity
Camera resolution
Camera operating voltages
Specialized cameras
Covert cameras
360 degree cameras
Number plate recognition cameras

7. Video Display Equipment
The cathode ray tube
The colour CRT
CRT moitors
Monitor safety
Liquid crystal displays (LCDs)
Plasma display panels (PDPs)
Projection systems
Termination switching

8. Video Recording Equipment
Digital video recorders (DVRs)
DVR principle
Effects of compression
Recording capacity
RAID disk recording
Digital video information extraction
VHS recording
Time-lapse recording
VCR maintenance
Video head cleaning
Tape management and care
Digital video tape

9. Camera switiching and multiplexing
Sequential switching
Matrix switching
The quad splitter
Video multiplexers
Video motion detection (VMD)

10. Telemetry Control
Control data transmission
Pan/tilt (P/T) control
Receiver unit
Dome systems
Data communications

11. CCTV over networks
Network topology
Network hardware
Network communications
IPv4 classes
Reserved addresses
Assigning IP addresses
Manually assigned IP addresses
Address resolution protocol (ARP)
Domain name service (DNS)
Other network protocols
Network diagnostics
CCTV over a network
Network CCTV example
Integrating analogue cameras

12. Ancillary equipment
Camera mountings
Towers and columns
Pan/tilt units
Monitor brackets
Power supplies
Voltage drop

13. Commissioning and Maintenance
Measuring resolution
System handover
Preventative maintenance
Corrective maintenance
Fault location
Oscilliscope default settings

Glossary of CCTV terms
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