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Washington State’s Initiative 502 (i-502) and the relationship with surveillance cameras

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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In 2012 the people of Washington State voted for the legalization of marijuana. After almost two years of waiting the Washington State liquor control board (WSLCB) has announced the names of twenty-five licensed retail shops that are expected to open the second week of July across the state. The initiative 502 (I-502) authorized the issuing of 334 retail licenses in the state initially but the actual number is much lower because the applicants had difficulties passing the state inspections. The licensed growers have been having similar issues to a lesser extent.

This is an indication of how tightly this state’s government is monitoring every aspect of this new industry. The WSLCB has been inventing this process as they go and they’re erring on the side of caution. A security camera system is as big a part of these requirements as any other. The security cameras must be accessible through the Internet. It is even more important to make sure that it’s set up and operating correctly because the WSLCB or law enforcement can log and check that the camera system is meeting the requirements. They can also use the cameras to take a look around most of the facility to make sure that everything meets the state’s specifications.

When you purchase your CCTV system from Techpro Security Products through their online site www.securitycameraking.com, it comes with lifetime tech support. Our tech support team will be able to offer you guidance while you’re installing your system, help get it networked for internet accessibility and help you with any issues that may occur down the road. If your security cameras are experiencing technical issues when state officials try to inspect them then it could lead to the loss of your license, so it’s very important to take care of any issues promptly.

Even though all of the different types of camera systems that we sell will meet the legal requirements, our sales team will direct you to the products that will give you the performance that you need without exceeding your budget. They have already helped several customers to qualify for their license and they are very knowledgeable about the nuances of I-502’s security camera requirements. A mistake in the design or installation of your system can lead to extensive delays in license approval or even denial.

There are a few misconceptions about what is needed that our sales associates regularly have to correct. Helping our customers to fully understand exactly what they need often results in the customer either spending less money or being able to spend the money in ways that help them monitor their business in the way that they want, in addition to what’s required. Now let’s take a closer look at a few of these misconceptions.

In section 3 of the WAC 314-55-083, it states that video surveillance cameras “must be internet protocol (IP) compatible”. Many license applicants believe that this means that they have to purchase an IP camera system. It actually means that you must have a security camera system that can be accessed through the Internet. Every type of DVR or NVR that we sell is able to do this. An IP camera system offers incredibly high resolution but it costs a little bit more money and it may not be the right type surveillance system for your needs.

In section 3(b), it states that “Camera placement shall allow for the clear and certain identification of any individual on the licensed premises”. Many people interpret this to mean that they will need to install security cameras that are capable of facial recognition. In actuality this just means that you will need to be able to recognize someone from the video. This level of recognition does not mean that camera will need to see minute details of a person’s face. Understanding this difference can save you a significant amount of money because a camera capable of facial recognition is fairly expensive comparatively.

The next two sections that I’m going to examine are bit confusing because the way that they’re worded makes it seem that their meanings overlaps somewhat.

Section 3(a) states that “All controlled access areas, security rooms/areas and all points of ingress/egress to limited access areas, all points of ingress/egress to the exterior of the licensed premises, and all point-of-sale (POS) areas must have fixed camera coverage capable of identifying activity occurring within a minimum of twenty feet of all entry and exit points.” This just means that you will need to have video coverage of any door, gate or window that allows access to the licensed property, any restricted areas and the areas where sales take place. The cameras must be positioned in such a way which will allow a viewer to make out all activity within at least 20 of these entry ways.

Section 3(c) states that “All entrances and exits to the facility shall be recorded from both indoor and outdoor vantage points, and capable of clearly identifying any activities occurring within the facility or within the grow rooms in low light conditions.” This means that you will need to have your cameras mounted inside and outside of any door or window into the licensed structure. These cameras must be positioned in such a way which will allow a viewer to understand the actions of anyone within twenty feet of these entrances and exits. This section’s low light requirements are an easy one to meet because we sell many different types of surveillance cameras with infrared.

The general idea behind sections 3(a) and 3(c) is that all areas with restricted access (including the property itself) and the access points to these areas must have cameras providing video which will allow the viewer to make sense of the activity happening. In many cases, it will be possible to use one camera to cover multiple entry points. If all of your cameras are positioned correctly, they can be installed so that they will allow you to view a larger area then what is required. This is also a great way to try avoiding tampering or theft by employees.

Many people in this industry are new to being the owners of a security camera system and are pleasantly surprised at how the cameras can be of benefit to them. Being able to make sure that the business is operating the way they want, even while there not present, is an aspect that all business owners enjoy. A CCTV system can give you a great way to monitor growth under different circumstances. This can help you to get the best growth possible and maintain the health of your crop. For example – if a plant changes sex it can ruin all of the other plants in the vicinity. A good security camera system can help you be aware of a single plant changes sex so that you can take the appropriate actions to stop the change from becoming rampant – such as applying the proper products, the destruction of the a few of the plants or whatever actions that you decide may correct the issue.

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The Mysterious WAC 314-55-083, aka the I-502 Security Camera Law

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Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Ever since the citizens of the great state of Washington passed Initiative 502, there has been a constantly evolving code WA 314-55.  This code has all of the restrictions, safeguards, and regulations of the new first of its kind law to allow for the growing, processing, and selling of both recreational and medicinal marijuana.  Now I have been watching this law evolve from it’s initial form back towards the end of 2013.  This is the time when a very nice gentleman had given me a call and would discreetly talk with me about his needs for his “new business venture”.  We worked for several weeks to iron out all the necessary components to make sure he was compliant with a law that I knew nothing about, what we now call the I-502 Security Camera Law.

He was very secretive as to what he was doing, and I can understand why after talking with him over time.  He and many of the early adopters were experiencing that many of national corporations were not willing to help and in fact dropping clients when they found out what kind of business they were operating.  This gentleman ended up being one of the first few licenses that were approved in early 2014.  He also gave me some very valuable knowledge and information to study.  What he ended up giving me was, what I later found out to be, WAC 314-55-083 the section of the Washington Code dealing with the surveillance and alarm requirements that were mandated by the state.

With this information, I studied it very thoroughly and sought to break it down in all ways to make sure if I were to help any future customers, I would be able to steer them in the proper direction and ensure their compliance with the law.  I feel that compliance and cohesion with this law will go a long way in the Nationalization of the Legalization of Marijuana.  This is because if other states and countries can learn from what is being now called the Great Social Experiment of Colorado and Washington, the world may actually become a calmer place to live and we can get America back to its farming roots.

As I have worked with many of the first producers on the market, my experience grew and my knack for the law grew with it.  Then came the processors and retail shortly there after.  With every segment that I helped, we as a team grew stronger in our knowledge and skill set to properly outfit the I-502 community.  One of the biggest battles with the new law has been whether or not the system as a whole needs to be IP compatible or if every single camera needed to be IP compatible.  There have been many of rumors running out there, from inspectors that were untrained to other camera companies running ads in a magazine and posing it as an interview with an expert.  This guy was only trying to drive up the prices of all of the sales he was getting.  I took all the misinformation that was floating out there and went to the Rule Making Committee.  This is the email that I sent and the response that was given back to me:

From: Carpenter, Mikhail (LCB)

Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:00 PM

To: McCall, Karen J (LCB)

Subject: FW: WAC 314-55-083

This is where one member of the LCB sent my email to the rules coordinator. From the initial email that I had sent trying to help correct these laws.

From: Ryan Newkirk [mailto:rnewkirk@techprosecurity.com]

Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:56 AM

To: Carpenter, Mikhail (LCB)

Subject: WAC 314-55-083

To Whom It May Concern:

I was just sent this new revision of WAC 314-55-083 from one of my customers and noticed that since the law has been passed you have added that cameras need to all be IP compatible, this really makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. What is the point of having cameras IP compatible, when you will not be able to see them remotely on your end. Having the recording device IP compatible is the only thing that makes sense. Even if there was a router on the market that could setup sufficient port forwarding rules to allow access to these cameras remotely, what good does that do you? You have absolutely no access to the footage, all you are gaining access to is the live video stream from the camera. You can gain the same access through having only the recording device be IP compatible.

Please provide me with some clarification on this issue.  I really do not understand the thought process behind this new addition to the law with regards to making every camera have to be IP.

Thanks In Advance.

Ryan Newkirk

This is the response that I received back:

From: “McCall, Karen J (LCB)”

Sent: Jun 30, 2014 12:15 PM

Subject: FW: WAC 314-55-083

To: “rnewkirk@techprosecurity.com” <rnewkirk@techprosecurity.com>

Cc: “Carpenter, Mikhail (LCB)”

Ryan,

You are correct.  The same can be accomplished with IP server.  We do not need the cameras IP if the recording device is.  I will make a clarification in the permanent rules when they are drafted.  Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Karen McCall

Rules Coordinator

WSLCB

These are the types of things that a company that is looking out for the people of Washington would do.  Unfortunately there are too many companies out there that are looking to do nothing more than rake you guys over the coals and bank on the cost of these systems.

Yes, I do work for a company that is looking to make money, but no we are not thieves and liars.  There is a motto around here, it is easy to sell something to someone one time, but if you sell them the right stuff at the right price you will sell to them and their friends multiple times.  With that being said, we are a manufacturing company that focuses on customer service.  Part of that customer service is making sure that all of the markets we serve are not getting pummeled by misinformation and bad products.  That is why we strive so hard to put as much information onto our site and focus our internal training on making sure that our employees have the knowledge, expertise, and background to best serve our clientele.

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Debunking the Myths of Washington’s New I-502 Security Camera Rules

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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With the passing of Washington’s I-502 Initiative, there have been a lot of companies coming out of the woodwork trying to “capitalize”, or as I like to call it “stealing” from america’s first great cash crop.  I keep hearing more and more of the startup “Security” companies in Washington, telling the potential I-502 Growers and Producers all of these crazy requirements.

I am here to help with getting I-502 companies passed without breaking the bank.  With every new regulated business comes laws that have been written by people who honestly don’t have the greatest knowledge of the an industry they are writing about.

Then comes companies seeing a way to take advantage of these new businesses and their regulations.  I am going to try and help you to debunk some of the myths that have been being told to other I-502 companies that I have spoken to and helped with the process.

One of the biggest myths that I have been hearing about is that you need IP cameras in order to be compliant with WAC 314-55-083 section 3.  This is the section that has caused many of the people that I have talked to great confusion.  What the Washington Liquor Control Board is looking for is a complete video surveillance system that is Internet Protocol (IP) compatible.  In simple terms, this means that the main recording device of the system needs to be able to be hooked up and viewable to the internet.  This is mainly because if the Liquor Control Board needs to do an audit of the site, they don’t necessarily need to come to every location.  The law then goes on to talk about the fact that the time has to be displayed and accurate to the US National Institute of Standards.  This is a fairly easy requirement, as most any system from a good manufacturer will do this.  Now keep in mind, not all systems are built the same and some couldn’t keep accurate time if they need to.

Now another big thing is the fact that the system has to be able to record at a resolution of 640 x 470?  Really liquor control board, this is not even a full resolution.  The closest resolution to this is D1 which actually has a 704 x 480.  Most systems on the market can show the images in this resolution, but they don’t record in the required resolution.  Every unit that Security Camera King sells from their base model up to the super NVR has the ability to not only view in this resolution, but they will record in it on all channels or even a greater resolution depending on the chosen recorder.  In order to figure out how much storage you will need to be able to fulfill the 45 day requirement you can utilize Security Camera Kings Hard Drive Calculator.

In WAC 314-55-083 Section 3 subsection (a), it states that all controlled access areas, security rooms, all points of potential entrance from the outside or potential exit from the inside (yes, this does include the windows), all points of transactions must have a fixed position camera that is able to clearly identify activity within a minimum of 20 feet of the entry points.  This is a little convoluted for the fact that how is a camera supposed to be able to not only be able to see your point of sale and the door with the same camera?  Your best solution would be to just make sure that all of these points of interest have cameras that can clearly identify the activities they are there to cover.

I keep getting phone calls from applicants that say they need facial recognition with their camera systems.  I am not sure where they are getting this information from, other than a misinterpretation of WAC 314-55-083 section 3 b, “Camera placement shall allow for the clear and certain identification of any individual on the licensed premises.”  Basically what they are saying is that you can’t have such poor quality cameras and position them is such a horrible way that you can’t make out clearly who is on the footage.   They go on to say that you need to have all entrances and exits to the facility covered from both the outside and inside.  Now if you place your cameras properly you should be able to utilize one camera to accomplish this while still giving you the ability to cover additional areas.  For example, you have a outdoor grow facility that has a building that the perimeter gate connects with.  If you position the camera properly, not only will you be able to cover the entrance/exit but you can cover the perimeter fencing for the 20 feet out of the exterior that section 3 (d) discusses.

In reality, when section 3 (c) talks about cameras that are able to see even in low light situations, any camera worth itself on the market that has infrared will be able to accomplish this.  Now there are some cameras on the market that have no infrared, but have a low enough LUX rating to see in almost no light.  These cameras generally cost significantly more than a camera with infrared.   Also, make sure that you have the recording device put into either a locking cabinet, lock box, closet, or safe to prevent your employees from being able to mess with the recordings.  The last thing you want to do is lose your license due to the fact that one of your employees didn’t follow instruction and not screw with the recorder.

The last part that I am going to cover is in accordance to section 3 (d) that all perimeter fencing of the outdoor grow facility must be able to clearly identify any activities occurring within twenty feet of the exterior of the fence.  This needs to be able to occur 24 hours a day in every lighting condition.  You should arguably go with a varifocal camera that has at least 100 feet of infrared illumination.  This will give you all the requirements and give you greater peace of mind.

These are just some of the most commonly mistaken sections of the law, I hope that these help to guide you in the proper direction.

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