Introducing TRUSTED CCTV Operational Standards
For many years, the lack of any proper working standards relating specifically to the use of CCTV, created an environment where priorities have often weighed heavily towards the acquisition of the technology, with little practical regard to defining, understanding and achieving, all the vital operational objectives.
Now, with the latest development of the TRUSTED© CCTV Improvement Project, a series of Operational Standards are being introduced to help CCTV Users and Operators ensure they achieve a far more efficient, effective and responsible level of performance, from their security camera systems.
Given the vast range of video surveillance equipment currently being used in a myriad of security applications, the TRUSTED© CCTV Operational Standards have been carefully structured across a number of levels; specifically designed to provide significant benefits both to a broad scope of existing users, and also a wider range of CCTV Stakeholders.
The TRUSTED© CCTV ‘Operational Standards’ comprise:-
• Level 1 – ‘PLATINUM’ standard – requires independent expert verification
• Level 2 – ‘GOLD’ standard – requires independent expert verification
• Level 3 – ‘SILVER+’ standard – requires independent verification
• Level 3 – ‘SILVER’ standard – self compliance – no external audit
• Level 4 – ‘BRONZE+’ standard – requires independent verification
• Level 4 – ‘BRONZE’ standard – self compliance – no external audit
CCTV Users and Operators can choose which level of TRUSTED© CCTV Operational Standards compliance best suits their needs, and by following a detailed set of requirements and undertaking a thorough annual review, will be able to identify and then design out, many of the current issues and concerns which beset the CCTV & Security Industries.
The TRUSTED© CCTV Operational Standards will initially be directly sourced, although subject to industry support, may in future be offered through established ‘partner’ bodies or organisations.
In order to appeal to the widest range of CCTV Users, the Part 2 TRUSTED© CCTV Operational Standards documents are available individually at minimal cost, to provide a benchmark for structured evaluations and improvements to their existing systems.
Having completed the workflow to the required standard, and undertaken an independent assessment where necessary, an additional annual ‘Compliance Pack’ is also available to complete the process ( the Compliance Pack includes a ‘Certificate of Standard Compliance’, a user personalised TRUSTED© CCTV Compliance Mark, and online listing in the Compliance Register) .
Subject to ongoing feedback, the generic versions of the TRUSTED CCTV Operational Standards will be further customised for specific sectors – obvious applications might include schools and colleges, hospitals, retailers & shopping centres, hotels, pubs & bars, petrol retailers, stations, ports & airports, museums, cinemas & theatres, etc.
Bespoke versions will also hopefully be developed for various other global markets, taking account of any local requirements, or existing statutory ordinances that may relate to their operation of video surveillance systems
The TRUSTED© CCTV Operational Standards are very much a ‘work in progress’, and as such, any comments, feedback and suggestions on future developments will be very warmly welcomed from all interested parties.