VSST Video Surveillance Technician Guide Reviewed

By John Honovich, Published Jun 01, 2009, 08:00pm EDT

The Security Industry Association is releasing a series of Certifications for video surveillance technicians. There are 4 certifications in the series. The training guide for the first one is released (see its table of contents [link no longer available]).

I bought a copy of it ($45 online for the PDF version [link no longer available]). It's a solid treatment of the fundamentals of analog video. 

Unfortunately, it does not cover IP and the certification series only addresses IP in Level 4 (the final and highest one). They may need to update/re-do the series to stay current with technology.

If you want a really good textbook on CCTV, see Vlado's CCTV book. Vlado is also the co-author of the VSST guide. His textbook is 5 times as long and offers much greater depth than the training guide. Plus, the hardcover edition is only $58 USD.

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