The second Russian edition of the world leading CCTV expert Vlado Damjanovski's famous book "CCTV, Second Edition: Networking and Digital Technology" just came out in Moscow under a very expressive name "CCTV Bible". The book is already widely known and popular among Russian security systems professionals.
"I have tried to cover the theory and practice of all components and fundamentals of CCTV.– says Vlado Damjanovski in the book's preface - This is a very wide area and involves various disciplines and technologies from electronics, telecommunications, optics, fiber optics, digital image processing, programming, and, as of the last few years, networking, IP communications, and digital image processing. So, my intention was to have a new book which still encompasses the basic concepts of CCTV but also includes, explains, and demystifies digital CCTV, video compressions, and networking."
The first Russian edition was published in 2002 and was highly appreciated. Being a real bestseller the book has become a must for all security industry professionals' libraries.
Vlado Damjanovski confesses further in the preamble: "Closed Circuit Television, commonly known as CCTV, is an interesting area of television technology… This book is intended for, and will be very helpful to, installers, salespeople, security managers, consultants, manufacturers, and everyone else interested in CCTV, providing they have some basic technical knowledge".
The new edition is almost two times larger than the first one. The new chapters describing networking and digital CCTV technologies seem to be the most valuable add-ons. Video equipment testing has been specially highlighted by the author offering the use of test signal generators. Besides all, a lot of new illustrations have been added.
The chapter describing digital video contains information on key differences between analog and digital imaging, compression algorithms and digital storage and image reproduction limitations. Having excellent theoretical background the author used it for detailed spotting of practical CCTV aspects. All digital system components – from HDDs and file systems to DVRs – have been described from a system designer's point of view.
A special chapter has been devoted to networking in CCTV. Since computer networks become more and more common not only for wired workplace organizing but also for connecting various digital CCTV components into a whole functional system, Damjanovski pays a lot of attention to theoretical aspects of networking and to network design. A deep dive into network standards, protocols and architectural concepts is combined here with a detailed troubleshooting guide for digital CCTV network designers. Wireless protocols are specially focused onto due to simplicity and flexibility of CCTV systems based on wireless networking technology.
The author ensures that he preserved his manner of explanation "in a reasonably plain language" with many illustrations, tables, and graphs for better understanding.
The book is available through event-only bookstores during several exhibitions this autumn:
12.09 -14.09 Novosibirsk . "Spassib-Sibbezopasnost- 2006" Specialized Exhibition
17.10 - 20.10 Moscow . "Interpolitech-2006" International Forum.
17.10 - 20.10 Kiev. "Bezpeka-2006" International Security Systems and Means Exhibition.
7.02 - 10.02 St.Petersburg. "Protection and Security-2006" International Forum.
Open seminars conducted by Vlado Damjanovski in Russia and Ukraine, register online: http://cctvfocus.ru/seminar/