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Video Surveillance Equipment Selection and Application Guide, NIJ Guide 201-99

NCJ Number
Dan J. Atkinson; Valentine (Val) J. Pietrasiewicz; K. E. Junker
Date Published
February 2000
71 pages
This guide covers research on law enforcement equipment conducted by the Office of Law Enforcement Standards of the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the sponsorship of the National Institute of Justice.
The guide primarily addresses general-use video equipment, including separate video cameras, self-contained camcorders, video records and players, and video display systems (monitors). Special-purpose video equipment, however, is also described, such as the Patrol Car Surveillance System. The guide begins with a discussion of typical video surveillance assignments. This requirement definition serves as a reference base for all subsequent sections of the guide. An overview of available video technology and a summary of tape formats are presented. Technical parameters that most influence operational performance are detailed. In addition, guidance is provided on the application of specific types of video equipment to meet functional requirements. The latest advancements in video technology and effects of these advances on surveillance work are described. Appendixes offer detailed experimental methods and results that are summarized in the main text to assist advanced users in determining what tests are appropriate when evaluating new equipment for use in their application environments. 11 tables and 19 figures