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04/11/15
TeleVigil Associates have updated and amended the Compliance-Plus service to include the advice given in BS 7958 which gives recommendations for the operation and management of Video Surveillance Systems (VSS) and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) within a controlled environment. It applies where data that might be offered as evidence is received, stored, reviewed or analysed. It also applies to the monitoring of traffic regulations.

BS 7958 applies to VSS and CCTV schemes used in public places such as the following:
a) Areas where the public are encouraged to enter or have a right to visit, such as town centres, shopping malls, public transport, health establishments, etc.
b) Schemes that overlook a public place, such as traffic monitoring schemes
c) Private schemes where a camera view includes a partial view of a public place.

BS 7958 also provides good practice for all other VSS & CCTV schemes. For control rooms whose operation falls within the scope of BS 7499 or BS 5979, all of the security requirements, both physical and procedural, of the relevant British Standard remain applicable.

VSS & CCTV schemes that process data about a known person are obliged to conform to certain legislation, most importantly the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), Protection of Freedom Act 2012 (POFA),the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. BS 7958 is designed to supplement that legislation in a model code that ensures fairness, purpose and responsibility. Attention is drawn to the Private Security Industry Act 2001, which contains provisions for regulating the private security industry. A person falling within the definition of providing security industry services under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 is required to be licensed in accordance with that Act.

BS 7958 provides recommendations on best practice to assist users in obtaining reliable information that can be used as evidence. Whilst some schemes might not need to meet the DPA criteria, compliance with the code of practice is strongly recommended, particularly where schemes include an element of observation of the public.

Who should use BS 7958?

Security managers
Security inspection companies
Security consultants
Managing directors of manned guarding/security or close protection services
Operations managers of manned guarding/security services
Close protection services
Security vetting and screening consultants
Equipment installers
Integrated security system providers
Facilities managers.

Contents of BS 7958:
Foreword
Introduction
Scope
Normative references
Terms and definitions
Principles and management of the CCTV scheme
Personnel
CCTV Image Receiving Centre
Response
Privacy and disclosure issues
Recorded material management
Documentation
Annexes
Annex A (normative) Contractor responsibilities within BS 7958
Annex B (normative) Management and operation of CCTV traffic enforcement cameras
Bibliography
List of figures
Figure B.1 – Example of CCTV Image Receiving Centre Log Sheet
Figure B.2 – Example of Occurrence log sheet
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03/11/15
BSI, the business standards company, has revised BS EN 62676-4:2015 Video surveillance systems for use in security applications – Part 4:Application guidelines. The standard which saw input from the Home Office, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London, provides guidance on how to ensure that video surveillance systems (VSS), which are referred to as closed circuit television (CCTV), meet their functional and performance requirements.

VSS is a means of providing images from security cameras and recorders for viewing on a display via a transmission system. There is no theoretical limit to the number of cameras and displays which may be used in a VSS installation but in practice will be limited by the efficient combination of control and display equipment, and the operator's ability to manage the system. The successful operation of a VSS requires the active co-operation of the user in carrying out recommended procedures.

The aim is to achieve worldwide interoperability for CCTV, and as such the BS EN 62676 series of standards for video surveillance systems for use in security applications, are the joint European/international adoptions of the BS EN 50132 series. This recent revision has an added national annex for security grading application for video surveillance systems providing a shorthand way to simplify the specification of system requirements.

BS EN 62676-4 will prove useful to those responsible for establishing operational requirements, writing specifications, selecting, installing, commissioning, using and maintaining a VSS.

Anne Hayes, Head of Market Development for Governance at BSI said: “The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has already endorsed the use of this suite of CCTV standards for systems that need to follow the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. This type of unity can only provide the best reassurance and peace of mind for the public, who rely on video surveillance systems to be operating optimally, to ensure their safety.”

The BS EN 62676 series of standards on video surveillance system is divided into 4 independent parts. Part 4 gives recommendations and requirements for the selection, planning, installation, commissioning, maintaining and testing video surveillance systems comprising of image capture device(s), interconnection(s) and image handling device(s), for use in security applications.

BS EN 62676-4 aims to:

• Provide a framework to assist customers, installers and users in establishing their requirements
• Assist specifiers and users in determining the appropriate equipment required for a given application
• Provide means of evaluating objectively the performance of the VSS

The development of BS EN 62676-4 followed the international and European procedures, comprising international and European expertise contributing to the technical development of the documents. These were advised at a national level, including in the UK, by a broad range of stakeholder communities and individual expertise. The collaborative consensus-based process also saw input from such organizations as: NPCC (National Police Chief’s Council), Association of Security Consultants, British Security Industry Association, CCTV National Standards Forum, Electrical Contractors Association, Fire Protection Association, Fire and Security Association, National Security Inspectorate and SSAIB.

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