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Professional Practices of CCTV System Design (BTEC level 5 Diploma)

Too many CCTV systems installed have never met the expectations from a quality, performance and compatibility standpoint and all too often proved to be a costly exercise without the desired end result.

This tutor supported CCTV System Design course is designed to teach you all you need to know about the design, planning and commissioning of CCTV systems in a professional and confident approach.

This online BTEC level 5 diploma consisting of 12 interactive tutor led modules, provides you with a vast array of system design projects and assignments to gain that vital ‘real world’ experience, it also provides a deep underpinning knowledge of the elements that make up a CCTV system that will give you the necessary theoretical subject matter to undertake a concise and professional CCTV system design.

Study Times and Entry Requirements

The CCTV System Design contains 12 modules, each requiring approximately 20 hours of study.  There are no prerequisites and no qualifications needed to enrol.

Course Cost:  £1295 inc VAT

Recommended Duration: 240 hours
Includes: BTEC Level 5 Diploma Certificate

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Course Content

CCTV System Design (BTEC level 5 Diploma)

This course is designed to teach you all you need to know about the design, planning and commissioning of CCTV systems and is broken down into 12 modules.

Module 1 – Introduction and User Guides:
The first module provides an introduction to the course, and explains how to use and navigate the system, its interactive features including the audio tutor, video, the glossary, ‘hot spots’ and other benefits before moving onto the learning process.

Module 2 – Risk Assessment and the Operational Requirement:
Understanding the Operational Requirement is the first major step towards designing and planning a fully functional CCTV system to meet the needs of your customer. This module will teach you the roles of modern surveying techniques, national and international standards, risk assessment and how to develop an Operational Requirement from the initial discussions with the client to the utilisation of test targets in the final commissioning of your CCTV system ensuring that your system’s captured images are fit for purpose.

Module 3 – Security Lighting:
The challenge faced by the CCTV professional is to ensure that the video image captured is effective 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Night or day, rain or shine, lighting is fundamental to achieving this. Performance of any CCTV system will be affected dramatically without the use of correct lighting. This module looks at all the different types of lighting utilised in the CCTV industry from white light, infra red to no light at all and the challenges faced in designing a successful system in varying environmental conditions.

Module 4 – Fundamentals of CCTV:
In this section students will find out how pictures created by a camera are transmitted to, and then scanned and reproduced on a monitor and will also look at the importance of sufficient bandwidth for creating adequate images. You will cover the essential theory of the video signal, both monochrome and colour and how the human eye views the moving image. This essential learning provides you with the underpinning knowledge of how video works and will help you throughout the rest of the course.

Module 5 – Cameras:
The principle part of the CCTV system is the camera, there are many types and choosing the right camera for the job is not always straight forward, you will have to consider many different factors that will influence your choice. This module teaches you about the different types of cameras and CCD image sensors, digital signal processing, performance figures, synchronisation, camera adjustment, controls and understanding camera data sheets.

Module 6 – Lenses:
This module will show you just how vitally important choosing the right lens is. We will show you how to choose the right lens for the differing applications, how to meet international guideline standards, how to ensure perfect focus at all times, and to understand necessary technical details of the f stop, the zoom ratios and more to ensure that what you have promised to your client becomes reality.

Module 7 – Housings, Control Equipment and Accessories:
An often underrated, vital part of a CCTV system. Selecting the correct housing for each location is a skill in itself whilst the selection and positioning of Pan Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) cameras its accompanied control and managerial equipment forms the nucleus of any scheme. This is a wide and varied module, where you have the opportunity to explore the myriad of ancillary equipment used in CCTV.

Module 8 – Video Transmission:
From Coaxial cable, twisted pair and optical fibre to the free space methods of getting the picture from A to B such as Infra Red Beams, Laser, Radio and microwave. This module teaches you how to calculate the appropriate equipment for the application how to measure the performance and to learn of methods of commissioning trouble shooting techniques.

Module 9 – Fundamentals of IP:
The world of CCTV has embraced IP and networking, the ability to be able to view CCTV Systems from wherever you are in the world whether in the office, boardroom or beach is now a reality. This module will guide you through networking; initially looking at what a network is and how it works then moving on to specifically look at networking from the data perspective and adding CCTV to the infrastructure.

Module 10 – Video Recording and Storage:
Analogue CCTV recording systems were relatively simple to design as they relied mainly on the use of VHS tapes to capture the images. Digital recording systems, by contrast, are much more complex to specify. This module guides you through recording systems, the storage capabilities, compression types, picture quality, frame rates and export capabilities.

Module 11 – Monitors and Display Screens:
The most viewed but probably most overlooked part of a CCTV System! The principles of monitors are explained as are the effects of their controls to ensure the best picture quality will be obtained. Whether designing a large Police control room or a small corner shop, we take you through the process of choosing the correct number, size and positioning of monitors.

Module 12 – Specialist Applications: (ANPR and Video Analytics)
Video Analytics and ANPR systems are two of the technologies finding new applications with the advent of digital technology. Users, integrators, designers and manufacturers are always looking at ways to use new technology to satisfy the needs of today’s security and surveillance industry.

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Course Cost: £1295 inc VAT

Recommended Duration: 240 hours

Includes: BTEC Level 5 Diploma Certificate

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Thank you to the CCTV User Group for running the Annual Seminar/Conference this week at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth. With a sizable exhibition and conference with many keynote speakers including Tony Porter the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and Jonathan Bamford from the Information Commissioners Office, the event was a great success.

The longstanding Director Peter Fry announced his resignation after many years of service, Peter Webster MSyI the Honorary Chairman of the CCTV User Group for the past 6 years steps in to his shoes.
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