BS 8418:2015 Installation and remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems – Code of practice
Concerns over the use and abuse of CCTV have prompted a new government code of practice, and the appointment of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, to reassure the public that these systems will be used to protect and support communities rather than spy on them.
So BSI has overhauled the standard for detector-activated CCTV systems, BS 8418.
BS 8418:2015 answers these privacy concerns and ensures that CCTV systems will be used effectively, proportionately and transparently. The standard has also been revised in the light of technical changes and lessons learned over the past few years, calling on best practice used in other CCTV and intruder-alarm related applications.
The revised standard:
- Gives detailed requirements for all interested parties in one document
- Ensures that resilience and quality are maintained at all times and in all environments
- Makes CCTV systems more affordable by removing some onerous technical requirements
- Fills a gap in the market, linking CCTV installation standards with monitoring standards
The use of BS 8418:2015 will be recognized by the UKAS accredited inspectorates for installers and monitoring centre providers. We also expect this standard to be recognised by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Security Systems Policy as part of their acceptance for police response. It is the only CCTV standard that qualifies for police response via Unique Reference Number (URN), as used by professional monitoring centres across the country.
BS 8418:2015 will be essential for anyone involved with detector-activated CCTV systems in the public or private sector – whether you specify, manufacture, install, maintain, monitor or buy. It supersedes BS 8418:2010, which is withdrawn.