Oh No! – Another Government Body… Government announce creation of a CCTV Oversight body and interim CCTV regulator

Controlware Country Manager Mark Harraway comments on the news that the UK Government has announced the creation of a CCTV Oversight body and interim CCTV regulator.

In the last article I discussed the new Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) quality and performance targets, and how operational requirement (OR) needs to drive CCTV delivery. In this article, I am going to cover the Home Office’s announcement of yet another Government body: The National CCTV Strategy Board. This new Government Oversight Body has been created to focus on what I covered in last month’s article:

“the establishment of an Oversight Body, which enables the current National CCTV Strategy Board to become more delivery focused. This will be supported by an Independent Advisory Group and sees the appointment of an interim CCTV Regulator who will be responsible for raising public awareness, defining standards and establish a means to deal with complaints from the public about CCTV.”*

David Hanson – The Policing Minister

However, while the briefing covers a lot of ground on targets, regulation, rights, delivery and how to complain: it is extremely woolly on the core things that matter in the deployment and use of CCTV such as operational standards pertaining to key elements such as image size, image quality, compression and frame rate.  The Briefing omitted to mention industry concerns of systems being “fit for purpose” or “future proofing”.  Nor was there any specific mention of actually engaging with CCTV developers and manufacturers regarding the future of CCTV and new technologies such as CCD vs CMOS, megapixel deployment with the need then for improved lighting, Intelligent Video, integration with other systems or key topics such as IP, HD or H.264; or engaging with key industry groups such as ONVIF or the ASC in a broader sense rather than in a limited capacity through sub-committees.

In the meantime, please click here to read the complete article. To find out more about the new Government Oversight Body or if you would like to discuss the OR / Functionality / Budget triangle – visit the Linkedin CCTV discussion forum or email me at video@controlware.co.uk.

*source – http://www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/cctv/cctv_oversight_body.pdf

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