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Video Surveillance Equipment Selection and Application Guide



A G. Lieberman, D J. Atkinson, V J. Pietrasiewicz, K E. Junker


The guide begins with a discussion of typical video surveillance assignments, that is, a definition of user requirements for the law enforcement and corrections communities. This requirements definition serves as a jumping-off point and reference base for all subsequent deliberations in later sections of the guide. An overview of the available video technology is presented next, along with a summary of tape formats. A delineation of the technical parameters that most influence operational performance for the various types of gear follows. Guidance is provided regarding the application of specific types of video equipment to meet functional requirements. Another important element of the guide is information on the latest advancements in video technology, and the effects those advancements will have on surveillance work. With cost information, the functional requirements data will help sort out the lowest cost equipment that can effectively satisfy at least the minimally acceptable surveillance requirements established by the law enforcement and corrections community.
NIJ Guide 200-98


camcorders, equipment selection, functional requirements, law enforcement, monitors, performance parameters, recorders/players, recording formats, video cameras


Lieberman, A. , Atkinson, D. , Pietrasiewicz, V. and Junker, K. (1999), Video Surveillance Equipment Selection and Application Guide, NIJ Guide 200-98 (Accessed July 19, 2024)


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Created September 30, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021