***** Digital Video Surveillance and Security. By Anthony C. Caputo; published by Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann; available from ASIS, item #1918, 703/519-6200, www.asisonline.org; 352 pages; $59 (ASIS members), $65 (nonmembers).
This book provides all you need to know about digital video security and more, furnishing a detailed study of digital video monitoring. The market’s growth and dynamism makes this text a relevant and welcome one for security professionals.
To start, the text provides a short but important synopsis of the progression of video security, along with a definition of terms and explanation of concepts. This is essential to understanding much of the material discussed in the rest of the book. Concepts such as frames per second, compression techniques, infrared and thermal imaging, and bandwidth are fully covered in a nontechnical manner. On the topic of resolution quality, the text’s illustrations are extremely helpful.
Caputo addresses the advantages and disadvantages of each issue he addresses, including the costs. In Chapter 3, for example, he examines the merits of the analog, digital, and megapixel camera options; the discussion is presented logically and pragmatically. Readers could use some of the information to aid in selling digital security and upgrades to senior management at their organizations.
To impart some of the subject’s more complex engineering principles, diagrams and pictures clarify written descriptions. A comprehensive diagram illustrates the peer-to-peer and client-server network connections. Without it, the concept could have been difficult to visualize and understand. Another beneficial feature of tech-heavy chapters: troubleshooting guidelines in a flow-chart format.
The section on site surveys addresses how to meet the needs of management or clients. Other chapters look at selecting the right software, storage of video, implementation issues, and integration with other security systems, including access control.