A new Code of Practice on the use of surveillance cameras by public bodies has come into force in England and Wales. The Code introduced by the Home Office states that “the purpose…will be that individuals…have confidence that surveillance cameras are deployed to protect and support them rather than spy on them”.
The Code states that “the government is fully supportive of the use of overt surveillance cameras in a public place whenever that use is in pursuit of a legitimate aim; necessary to meeting a pressing need, proportionate, effective and compliant with any relevant legal obligations”. Currently there are approximately 100,000 cameras operated by local authorities and schools across the UK which the Code will apply to. However, it also calls on all private operators to apply the Code.
The Code sets out guiding principles that should apply to all systems in public places. These guiding principles are designed to provide a “framework for operators and users…so that there is proportionality and transparency in their use…and systems are capable of providing good quality images and other information which are fit for purpose”.
The guidelines state that the use of surveillance camera system must:
Always be for a specified purpose which is in the pursuit of a legitimate aim and necessary to meet an identified pressing need;
Take into account its effect on individuals and their privacy, with regular reviews to ensure its use remains justified;
Have as much transparency in the use of a system as possible, including a published contact point for access to information and complaints;
Have clear responsibility and accountability for all surveillance activities including images and information collected, held and used;
Have clear rules, policies and procedures in place and these must be communicated to all who need to comply with them;
Have no more images and information stored than that whish is strictly required, and such images and information should be deleted once their purposes have been discharged;
Restrict access to retained images and information with clear rules on who can gain access and for what purpose such access is granted; the disclosure of images and information should only take place when it is necessary for such a purpose or for law enforcement;
Consider any approved operational, technical and competency standards relevant to a system and its purpose and work to meet and maintain those standards;
Be subject to appropriate security measures to safeguard against unauthorised access and use;
Have effective review and audit mechanisms to ensure legal requirements, policies and standards are complied with in practice and regular reports should be published;
Be used in the most effective way to support public safety and law enforcement with the aim of processing images and information of evidential value, when used in pursuit of a legitimate aim;
Be accurate and kept up to date when any information is used to support a surveillance camera system which compares against a reference database for matching purposes.
The Code applies to CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems.
For more information on whether your system is compliant with the new Code of Practice please contact i2 Security Limited.
System Type: Access Control, CCTV and Intruder Alarm & Hold Up Systems
An International Personal Hygiene Company sought our assistance when implementing the streamlining of their logistics arrangements and rationalisation of its warehousing facilities.
Following the expansion of their business and purchase of a large warehouse building in close proximity to their manufacturing base, a major refurbishment project was undertaken. i2 Security had successfully installed a small Access Control system two years ago across two sites. Due to this successful collaboration i2 Security were invited to design the electronic security measures.
Due to infrastructure limitations access to the building was restricted to three key entrances. With a view to value engineering this aspect of the project it was agreed to connect these entrances via the Client’s LAN to the main Access Control System for ease of system management and cost effectiveness.
Some of the existing analogue CCTV cameras were tested and re-used for this project, with the addition of some new units. Once again consideration was made on ease of operation, cost, successful monitoring and future proofing.
Therefore all analogue camera signals were encoded to TCPIP, locally recorded onto a 1 terabyte network video recorder situated in the protected premises. Using the Client’s LAN the camera images and recorded footage can (with adequate permissions) be viewed at the main site by the Security Officer.
The IHAS was more challenging. Although there was an existing system installed a detailed survey revealed that this did not meet the current NACOSS/EN Standards (PD 6662: 2010. / BS8243:2010).
i2 Security undertook a detailed Risk Assessment and ascertained that there was a requirement for a Grade 3B system. Full perimeter protection was afforded with detection on all external doors, supported with internal dual technology and infra-red beam detection for confirmation.
Signalling is BT GSM Red, with internal and external AWD’s.
Rothschild Foundation open its newest addition to the Waddesdon Estate
Windmill Hill the newest addition to the Waddesdon Estate has now opened to the public. A new research and archive centre for the Rothschild Foundation it showcases the philanthropic work of one of England’s most generous organisations. The U-shaped complex is comprised of a series of buildings grouped around a central courtyard, following the footprint of the farm buildings that originally sat on the site.
i2 Security had the privilege of working on such a prestigious project and enjoyed designing a system which complimented such a unique and challenging building. The system needed to be innovative yet discreet whilst never compromising the materials used. For example the use of oak windows and shutters, wood cladding, zinc roofs and with walls 1.5m thick in some places added to the challenging nature of this project. The Reading Room’s vertical louvers previously installed to protect cattle from high winds now provide effective shading and also raised another quandary for the design team. Adrian Beesley and Matthew Long of i2 Security meticulously designed, managed and installed a combined Access Control and Intruder Alarm system which offers the ultimate in security without detracting from the beauty and quality of the design of this building.