Surveillance Camera Commissioner launches guidance for in-house Monitoring Centres

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter QPM LLB, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, has published dual branded in-house Monitoring Centre guidance in partnership with the National Association of Surveillance Camera Managers (NASCAM). The guidance is for those Monitoring Centres that monitor their own surveillance camera systems only and do not have contracts to monitor third party surveillance camera systems.

The new guidance sets out the minimum requirements that in-house Monitoring Centres should consider in order to secure, manage and operate a Public Space CCTV scheme. It will also aid in-house Monitoring Centres meet the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice, and gives higher requirements for in-house Monitoring Centres that wish to meet standards that are applicable to third party Monitoring Centres.

“The launch of this guidance is a significant step forward in the delivery of my National Surveillance Camera Strategy and aims to drive up standards across the CCTV industry,” explained Porter. “This useful document will enable in-house Monitoring Centres to understand and execute Best Practice in respect of their CCTV systems and adhere to legal requirements.”

Porter added: “I’m grateful to Ilker Dervish of the CCTV User Group and NASCAM) and Alex Carmichael, CEO at the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, for all their hard work and involvement in the development of this guidance.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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