Report from a UK Surveillance Specialist

Author: 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

*** ******** ** ******** ******* *** *** *** *** ******* (even ****** ***** ********* ***** **** ***), *** ****. ***? Because **** *** ***** ***'* ********* *** *********** ********** ** surveillance ****** ****** *** ********* * ******. ******* ** ****, there ** ****** *** ****** ** ******** ** ******** *** intended *******.

“*** ******** ** ******* *** **** ** ********** *** *** the ****** ******* (*********, "* **** ** **** ** *** on **** ****", ******* *** **** **********), *** ** ******** they *** ***** ******** ********** *** *** **** ********* ***** of *** *** *********** *******, ** *** **** ***** ** be ********** ******* ** * ***** ******** ************ ****,” ** said.

“*** **** ****** ******* ** ******** **** ** ** **** a ***** **** ** ********* *********, *** ************ * ******* unwillingness ** **** ** *** *** **** *** **** ***** advice ** ********, ***** ** ******* **** ***** ******** **** such * *********** **********,” ** ****.

****** * ****** *** *** *******

***** *** * *** ***** ***** **** *** **** * big ****** ** ****** * ****** **** *** *** *******, he ****. ***** *** ******* ** *** ***** ****** ** lenses *** **** * ****** ** ****** ** *******, **** transmission *******, ********* * *** *** ** * ********** ** too **** ***********.

** *** **** *** ***** ** ******** *****-******** ********* *** specific ******* ** **** ****** ****** *** ******. **** ****** should ** ********** ** *** *** ***** ** **** ** intended ** **, ** ***, ** ** **** ** **** fill *** **** ** *** ******.

"** ********, * ******** ********* ******** **** *** '******' ******* for *** ****** **** / ******** *****, **** ******* ** 'macro' ******** *** ******** *****, *** ******* '*****' ******** ******** to **** ********** **** ***** ************ *.*. ******* ******* ** just * ****** ******. **** ****** ********* ** ****** ***** taking ***** ** ********** *** ********** *** **** ******** **** is **********."

**** **** ****** ******** **** ************ **** ** ** **** to ******* **** *******. **** ****** **** *** ****** ************ that *** ***** **** * *** ********** ****** ******** ********** money: ******** ********, ******** ****** ********* ********* ******** *** ********* compression *** ********** ********, *** *******.

** *** ***** ****, **** ** ***** *** ****, *** problem ** *** ** **** ******* ****** *** *** *********** for ******** **** ***** ******* *** '*** *** *******' *** the ***** ** *** *********** ********. ******* ******* **** ** the ******** ** ************ ******* ** *** **. 

*** *****, "******* ** **** ** *** * ****** ** thinking **** **** *** ***** ******** ** ***** **** ******* surveillance, *** **** ******* * **** ********** *********** ** ********** that *** *** ***** ******** *** * ****** ******** ********* society." ** ******, ********* **** ********** ********** ************** ** ***** surveillance ***** **********.

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

*** **** *** ** ** ****** ** ******** ** ******* of * “**** ********** ******* ** ****** *******," ********* *** the **** **** ** **** ****** *****, ******** ************* **** less ***** ** ****** ********* *********. 

“**'* ********** *** **** ****** ******** *** ***** **** ** personnel *** *** **** **** ***** ********* ****** ** ********* and ********* ********, *** **** ****** ** ** ********* ********* on *** ****** ******* ** *********** *** ***** ******,” ** said.

“***** ******* * ****** ** **** ***, ******** ******** **** tasked **** ********* *** ********* ***** *** *********** **** *******, nowadays **** **** * **** ********* **** ** *** *******, with ****** *********** ***** *** ****** ********** *** ** *********** pushing *** ******* ***** **************, **** **** *** **** ***** into ***** *** ********* ******.”

*********

“*** ** *** ****** **** ***** ********* *** ****** ** see * ********* ** ******* ********** ** ***** ************, ****** the *********** *** ******* ** **** ******* *** **** ** take * **** ****, **** ***** ************ *** ********* ************ being *** ********* *** ****** **** ********** ***** **** ******** for ****,” ** ****.

***** *** **** ******** ******, *** ** *** **** *** of *** ******* *** *********, **** ****** *** ***** **** the **. ******, *** ** *********** *** ************ **** **** *** ******** ******** ****** * *****.

U.S. ***** ******* *** ************ ******** *** ** ****** *** ** *** ****** **** **** **** ******** ************ ***** *** ********** ** their ******** ** ******************** *** ********. 

** ******* **** *********** ********* ***** **** ** *** *.*. “are ******** *********** ** * **** ** ****** ********** ***********, very ******* ** **** ** **** ** *** ********** ** saw **** ** *** ** **** ** *** '***,” ** said. Unless ***** ** * **** ********** ******** ** ****, “**** hugely ********* ***** **** ******* ***** ************ ******** *** ... prove ** ** * **** **** ********* *********** ** ********** cutting **** ******** **********.

"**** ****, ** *** ***** ************ ******** ****** **** *** application ** ***** ************ **** ** *** **, ****** ******* whilst ******* **** ********** *** ***** ****** ********* *** ****, the ****** *** **** ****** ********** **** *** ******** **** all *** **********, *** ******* *** ***** ** ********, *** consequently ****** *** *** ********* **** *******." 

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

****** *** **** ******* ******** ********* ***** ************ **** *** “been ********** *********, ********** *** ******** *********.” *** ** ********** recently ********** ************* ** ******** ***, ***** ********* * ******* ************ ******** ** ******** *** use ** ****, *** “***** *** **** ****** ***** ** the ***********, **** ******* ***** **** **'* ******** ******** ******** ************ ** ******** ** ****** *** **** than ** **** * ******* ** *** ******** ******* ********* in ***,” ** ****. *** ****** ******* **** **** ******* **** regulation *** ****** ** ******* ** *** **'* ******* ********* fall ******* *** ***** ** *** ***********.

*** **** ****** ******* **** *** *********, *** *********** ** not ********* ****** ** ***** *********. 

********* ** *** *** **** ********** *** ******* ** ****

*** **’* **** ********** *** *** ********** ******* ** ******** how *** ********** ********* ***********’ ****, ******* **** ****, ** is *** *** ******* ***** ** *********** **** ********* ***** surveillance ** *********. *** **** ********** *** ** *** ****** about *** ********** ******, *** **** ************ ***** *** **'* used *** **** ** *** ******** *********** ** ******** *** processed, *** ****.

“** ****, **'* ********* *** **** * **** ****** ** mission *****, ***** *** ********** ****** **** ****** ** *********, and * *** ************** ****** ** ************** ** **** ********,” Doktor *** ****.

** ******** *** ***** ****** ********* *** ***********:

*** * *****, **** *** ***** * ******** **** ** ******* ** ******* ******* *** **** *** ****. *** ***** ** ****** **** ******* businesses *** ******* *********, *** *********** *** ********* ** *** Information ************. ********* ** *** *********** ****** **** ** ******** the ***. ********** **** ** ***** ** *** **** **** ******** **** *** *********** ************’* ******* ******* ********** ************ ****** ***** ***** ********* ******** ****.

** * ****** **** ******* ****, *** *********** ************'* ****** **** *** **** ********** *** to **** *** ****’* *** ** **** ********, ****** “******* vehicle ******** ****** **** ** ***** ** * ********** *******."

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

“*** *******, ** ********** ******** ** '********** ************' ***** ******* a ***** ********** ****** *** ** ******** ** ****** ******* part ** * ********** *******, ******* ***** *** ******** ***** rulings ***** ***** ***** ** ********** *********** ** ******* ** a ****** *****, ***** ************ ***** ***** **** **** ** arrangement ******* ** *** ******* ** ***** *********** ****** ******* within *** ******'* ***** ** ****,” ****** *** ****. ******* if * ****** ** ******* ** * *****, **** **** camera ***** ***** *** ****** *** ********* **** ****** *** crime. “** *** **** ****** ***** ** ****** ** ****** an *********** ***** *********, ** ************* ****** ***** ***** ** freedom, ********* ** *** *******,” ** ****.

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

“** ** *******, **** ****** ***'* ******** ******* **** ** a ****** ** ********* ** ********* ****** **** *** ** used *** *********** ********, **** *** **** ** *** ******* to ****** ** ************** ***** ******** ****** *** ****** **** any *********** ** ******* ********** ***** *** ***,” ** ****. If *** ***'* ******** ** ********** ** * ********* ******* the ******* ** **********, **** ** ****** ** *********** ** personal ****

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

** ******** ** ***** *********** ** *** **, **** ****** 21 *** ***** **** ***** ** ** * ***** ***** surveillance ******* **** ****** *******. *** ******** ** ******* ** signage ** ***** ** **** **** ** * ********* ****** on ***** ******* ***** ** *** ********** ******* * ******* called “************ ***********.”

** ****** *** **** ** ****** ******* ****** *** ********* effect **** ********* ********, ***** ** * ******* **** *** describes ** "******** ***********". *******, ***** **** *** **** ** be ********* *** **** ******* ** **********, ** *** ****** a ********* ***** **** ****** *** ****** **** ** * technique ****** "********** ******* *********". “*** **** ******** *** ******* about **** *******, *** ****** ** ******* ** ****** * useful ********* ****** *** ********* ******* *** ********* *** ******* general ***********,” *** ****.

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

**** *** ****** ** **** *** *** ******** ** ***** evidence, ***** *** **** ** ******** ** ************ **** **** or *** ****** *** ** ***** *** ******* ******* *************, he ****. “*** **** ******** ****** ** *********** ******** ** the *** **** **** ********** *** ********* ******** *** ********* for ********* **** ***** ***********, *** **** *** ******* ** the ********** *******,” ** *****. ** **** **** ** *** of *** **** ********* ******* ***** ***** ** ** **** standards.

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

*** **** ******* ***** ***** ** ** ************* *********** **** covers ********* *******, ******* ********* *** *********** **********, ************ *** deployment, ***** ********* *********, ******** ********** **** “****** *** ***** of *** ************ ...*** ***** ***** ****** ******** ** **** ** *** *********** future.” ** **** ** ** ********* ******** * ****** ** CCTV *********** ********* **** **** ** ******** ** *** “**** future.” 

Comments (3)

*'** ****** **** ********** ***** *** **'* ********** ***** ******* not ***** '*** *** *******'. ** ****, ** *** *********** to *** *** ********** *** **** *** ******* ** "*** more ********* ***** ** *** *** *********** ******." ** ** American, ** ****** ***** **** ******* ********** **** **** ******* purchases *** ********* ** ******* *** ***********. ** *** ********** wants ** ***** ******** ** **** **** '********* ****'** **** ***** *** ********* **** ** ******* **. *********, *** *** *** ****** ******* ********** ** **** those '*****'?

*******,*** ********* *******!

'** **** ** ** ********* ******** * ****** ** **** Operational ********* **** **** ** ******** ** *** “**** ******.”

*** **** '******* **** *********** ********* (**** *) - *** existing *******' ** ********* *** ********, *** ****** ******** *** and *** ******* ** *** ******* ** *** ***********?

'******* **** *********** ********* (**** *) - *** ****** ********' is *** *** ****** **** ****.

*** ******* **** *********** *******'* ****** *****

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