The British Standards Institution 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 Service and Transport for London, provides guidance on how to ensure that video surveillance systems, referred to as closed circuit television (CCTV), meet their functional and performance requirements.
There’s no theoretical limit to the number of cameras and displays which may be used in a video surveillance system installation, but in practice this will be limited by the “efficient combination” of control and display equipment and the operator’s ability to manage the system.
Ultimately, the successful operation of a video surveillance system requires the active co-operation of the end user in carrying out recommended procedures.
The aim is to achieve worldwide interoperability for CCTV. 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, in turn providing a shorthand way in which 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 video surveillance systems.
Endorsement from the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner
Anne Hayes, head of market development for governance at BSI, said: “The UK 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 members of the public, who rely on video surveillance systems to be operating optimally in order to ensure their safety.”
The BS EN 62676 series of standards on video surveillance systems is divided into four independent parts. Part 4 affords recommendations and requirements for the selection, planning, installation, commissioning, maintaining and testing of 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, security installers and end users in establishing their requirements
*Assist specifiers and end users in determining the appropriate equipment required for a given application
*Provide a means of evaluating in an objective manner the performance of a given video surveillance system
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 organisations the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Association of Security Consultants, the British Security Industry Association, the CCTV National Standards Forum, the Electrical Contractors Association, the Fire Protection Association, the Fire and Security Association, the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.