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.”