Report from a UK Surveillance Specialist

By: Carlton Purvis, Published on Sep 03, 2013

While the US has typically been either favorable or indifferent to video surveillance, the UK is especially well known for its passion, both positive and negative towards video surveillance (or what they call CCTV). To get some local insights, we interviewed Doktor Jon, a UK surveillance industry specialist on the main issues he sees in the UK CCTV industry.  He is currently drafting a set of CCTV Operating Standards he hopes the UK will adopt. We talked with him about UK's video surveillance regulations, its slower shift to IP and why most of its millions of cameras are not fit for purpose. 

Most Cameras Not Fit for Purpose

*** ******** ** ******** cameras *** *** *** for ******* (**** ****** their ********* ***** **** are), *** ****. ***? Because **** *** ***** don't ********* *** *********** objectives ** ************ ****** buying *** ********* * system. ******* ** ****, there ** ****** *** detail ** ******** ** defining *** ******** *******.

“*** ******** ** ******* may **** ** ********** fit *** *** ****** purpose (*********, "* **** to **** ** *** on **** ****", ******* for **** **********), *** in ******** **** *** often ******** ********** *** the **** ********* ***** of *** *** *********** officer, ** *** **** prove ** ** ********** useless ** * ***** forensic ************ ****,” ** said.

“*** **** ****** ******* is ******** **** ** do **** * ***** lack ** ********* *********, and ************ * ******* unwillingness ** **** ** pay *** **** *** most ***** ****** ** guidance, ***** ** ******* cost ***** ******** **** such * *********** **********,” he ****.

****** * ****** *** for *******

***** *** * *** small ***** **** *** have * *** ****** on ****** * ****** more *** *** *******, he ****. ***** *** problem ** *** ***** camera ** ****** *** what * ****** ** trying ** *******, **** transmission *******, ********* * too *** ** * resolution ** *** **** compression.

** *** **** *** start ** ******** *****-******** outlining *** ******** ******* of **** ****** ****** the ******. **** ****** should ** ********** ** its *** ***** ** what ** ******** ** do, ** ***, ** be **** ** **** fill *** **** ** the ******.

"** ********, * ******** recommend ******** **** *** 'global' ******* *** *** entire **** / ******** first, **** ******* ** 'macro' ******** *** ******** areas, *** ******* '*****' profiles ******** ** **** individual **** ***** ************ i.e. ******* ******* ** just * ****** ******. CCTV ****** ********* ** simply ***** ****** ***** to ********** *** ********** and **** ******** **** is **********."

**** **** ****** ******** what ************ **** ** be **** ** ******* that *******. **** ****** look *** ****** ************ that *** ***** **** a *** ********** ****** spending ********** *****: ******** housings, ******** ****** ********* adjusting ******** *** ********* compression *** ********** ********, for *******.

** *** ***** ****, even ** ***** *** this, *** ******* ** see ** **** ******* owners *** *** *********** for ******** **** ***** cameras *** '*** *** purpose' *** *** ***** of *** *********** ********. Private ******* **** ** the ******** ** ************ cameras ** *** **. 

*** *****, "******* ** need ** *** * change ** ******** **** from *** ***** ******** of ***** **** ******* surveillance, *** **** ******* a **** ********** *********** of ********** **** *** far ***** ******** *** a ****** ******** ********* society." ** ******, ********* such ********** ********** ************** of ***** ************ ***** optimistic.

The ** ** **** ** ***** **

*** **** *** ** is ****** ** ******** IP ******* ** * “huge ********** ******* ** analog *******," ********* *** the **** **** ** more ****** *****, ******** professionals **** **** ***** on ****** ********* *********. 

“**'* ********** *** **** simple ******** *** ***** made ** ********* *** may **** **** ***** technical ****** ** ********* and ********* ********, *** have ****** ** ** practical ********* ** *** deeper ******* ** *********** and ***** ******,” ** said.

“***** ******* * ****** or **** ***, ******** managers **** ****** **** procuring *** ********* ***** own *********** **** *******, nowadays **** **** * less ********* **** ** the *******, **** ****** departments ***** *** ****** purchasing *** ** *********** pushing *** ******* ***** infrastructure, **** **** *** then ***** **** ***** own ********* ******.”

*********

“*** ** *** ****** many ***** ********* *** likely ** *** * reduction ** ******* ********** of ***** ************, ****** the *********** *** ******* of **** ******* *** have ** **** * back ****, **** ***** improvements *** ********* ************ being *** ********* *** indeed **** ********** ***** term ******** *** ****,” he ****.

***** *** **** ******** crisis, *** ** *** been *** ** *** hardest *** *********, **** growth *** ***** **** the **. ******, *** UK *********** *** ************ **** **** *** recently ******** ****** * third.

U.S. ***** ******* *** ************ ******** *** ** ****** *** ** *** ****** **** **** **** American ************ ***** *** restricted ** ***** ******** to ******************** *** ********. 

** ******* **** *********** decisions ***** **** ** the *.*. “*** ******** constrained ** * **** of ****** ********** ***********, very ******* ** **** to **** ** *** situations ** *** **** in *** ** **** in *** '***,” ** said. Unless ***** ** * more ********** ******** ** says, “**** ****** ********* often **** ******* ***** surveillance ******** *** ... prove ** ** * less **** ********* *********** of ********** ******* **** security **********.

"**** ****, ** *** still ************ ******** ****** with *** *********** ** video ************ **** ** the **, ****** ******* whilst ******* **** ********** can ***** ****** ********* and ****, *** ****** old **** ****** ********** that *** ******** **** all *** **********, *** somehow *** ***** ** alluring, *** ************ ****** get *** ********* **** deserve." 

UK **** *********** *******

****** *** **** ******* concerns ********* ***** ************ have *** “**** ********** discussed, ********** *** ******** addressed.” *** ** ********** recently ********** ************* ** ******** ***, ***** ********* * section ************ ******** ** regulate *** *** ** CCTV, *** “***** *** very ****** ***** ** the ***********, **** ******* agree **** **'* ******** ******** ******** ************ is ******** ** ****** any **** **** ** most * ******* ** the ******** ******* ********* in ***,” ** ****. The public ******* **** **** getting **** ********** *** around ** ******* ** the **'* ******* ********* fall ******* *** ***** of *** ***********.

*** **** ****** ******* that *** *********, *** legislation ** *** ********* enough ** ***** *********. 

********* ** *** *** Data ********** *** ******* to ****

*** **’* **** ********** Act *** ********** ******* to ******** *** *** government ********* ***********’ ****, however **** ****, ** is *** *** ******* piece ** *********** **** addresses ***** ************ ** regulated. *** **** ********** Act ** *** ****** about *** ********** ******, but **** ************ ***** how **'* **** *** what ** *** ******** information ** ******** *** processed, *** ****.

“** ****, **'* ********* has **** * **** degree ** ******* *****, which *** ********** ****** some ****** ** *********, and * *** ************** degree ** ************** ** some ********,” ****** *** says.

** ******** *** ***** events ********* *** ***********:

*** * *****, **** was ***** * ******** **** ** ******* an ******* ******* *** **** *** ****. But ***** ** ****** from ******* ********** *** privacy *********, *** *********** was ********* ** *** Information ************. ********* ** the *********** ****** **** it ******** *** ***. Businesses **** ** ***** to *** **** **** ******** **** *** *********** Commissioner’s ******* ******* ********** ************ ****** falls ***** ********* ******** data.

** * ****** **** ******* case, *** *********** ************'* Office **** *** **** Protection *** ** **** one ****’* *** ** ALPR ********, ****** “******* vehicle ******** ****** **** no ***** ** * democratic *******."

Cameras *** **** ******* *** ********* **** *********

“*** *******, ** ********** relating ** '********** ************' where ******* * ***** commercial ****** *** ** accident ** ****** ******* part ** * ********** walkway, ******* ***** *** previous ***** ******* ***** there ***** ** ********** expectation ** ******* ** a ****** *****, ***** libertarians ***** ***** **** such ** *********** ******* on *** ******* ** those *********** ****** ******* within *** ******'* ***** of ****,” ****** *** says. ******* ** * person ** ******* ** a *****, **** **** camera ***** ***** *** person *** ********* **** during *** *****. “** the **** ****** ***** be ****** ** ****** an *********** ***** *********, or ************* ****** ***** right ** *******, ********* on *** *******,” ** said.

Poor ****** *** ********** ******** ****

“** ** *******, **** people ***'* ******** ******* that ** * ****** is ********* ** ********* images **** *** ** used *** *********** ********, then *** **** ** any ******* ** ****** an ************** ***** ******** exempt *** ****** **** any *********** ** ******* compliance ***** *** ***,” he ****. ** *** can't ******** ** ********** on * ********* ******* the ******* ** **********, then ** ****** ** categorized ** ******** ****

Deterrence ****** ******* ***

** ******** ** ***** generations ** *** **, most ****** ** *** under **** ***** ** in * ***** ***** surveillance ******* **** ****** present. *** ******** ** cameras ** ******* ** going ** **** **** of * ********* ****** on ***** ******* ***** of *** ********** ******* a ******* ****** “************ habituation.”

** ****** *** **** to ****** ******* ****** the ********* ****** **** gradually ********, ***** ** a ******* **** *** describes ** "******** ***********". However, ***** **** *** seen ** ** ********* and **** ******* ** publicized, ** *** ****** a ********* ***** **** crimes *** ****** **** by * ********* ****** "Deterrence ******* *********". “*** more ******** *** ******* about **** *******, *** easier ** ******* ** uphold * ****** ********* effect *** ********* ******* the ********* *** ******* general ***********,” *** ****.

CCTV ***** ********* *** ****

**** *** ****** ** CCTV *** *** ******** on ***** ********, ***** has **** ** ******** in ************ **** **** or *** ****** *** of ***** *** ******* related *************, ** ****. “The **** ******** ****** to *********** ******** ** the *** **** **** recordings *** ********* ******** and ********* *** ********* into ***** ***********, *** also *** ******* ** the ********** *******,” ** notes. ** **** **** is *** ** *** most ********* ******* ***** needs ** ** **** standards.

Specific **** *** **** ******

*** **** ******* ***** needs ** ** ************* legislation **** ****** ********* systems, ******* ********* *** performance **********, ************ *** deployment, ***** ********* *********, managing ********** **** “****** the ***** ** *** stakeholders ...*** ***** ***** ****** prospect ** **** ** the *********** ******.” ** said ** ** ********* drafting * ****** ** CCTV *********** ********* **** will ** ******** ** the “**** ******.” 

Comments (3)

I've always been bewildered about the UK's criticisms about cameras not being 'fit for purpose'. As such, it was interesting to see Jon explicitly say that the purpose is "the more demanding needs of the law enforcement office." As an American, it sounds crazy that private businesses must make private purchases for equipment to benefit law enforcement. If the government wants to force everyone to meet that 'demanding need' be like Qatar and institute laws to require it. Otherwise, how can you expect private businesses to meet those 'needs'?

Carlton,wow excellent article!

'He said he is currently drafting a series of CCTV Operational Standards that will be released in the “near future.”

Now that 'TRUSTED CCTV Operational Standards (Part 2) - for existing systems' is available for purchase, has anyone procured one and can comment on the quality of the information?

'TRUSTED CCTV Operational Standards (Part 1) - new system guidance' is due for launch June 2015.

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