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The I-502 Security Camera Law

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

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History of Marijuana Cultivation

Since the dawn of civilization marijuana has been an invaluable source of paper, food, rope, clothes and fuel materials.

The constitution of America was written on hemp paper. The cannabis plant can be grown almost anywhere and they are very resistant and require no pesticides. The 3 different type of plants are the sativa, Indica and the ruderalis. THC is the main chemical compound that causes the mind altering effects in people. In 1941 manufacturer Henry Ford made a car mainly out of hemp products and it used ethanol for fuel. The first President of the United States of America George Washington grew hemp at Mount Vernon where he used dogs for security. The plants were used to make rope. In 1996 California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. Today over 20 states have laws legalizing marijuana in some form or another. Only Washington and Colorado State have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while the other states only have legalized the plant for medical use.
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Medical Use of Cannabis

The medical uses of marijuana have been used for pain and illnesses since ancient times. These all-natural plants were the cure for nausea and stomach problems. In present time medical use of the cannabis plant helps AIDS patients with their appetite and nausea and cancer patients use the miracle plant to get through the harsh process of chemotherapy and MS patients use it for the pain in their bones. The oil from the cannabis plant has had magical effects on people who believe the oil made from the hemp can cure gum disease, migraines, muscle pain and even said to cure skin cancer. Patients introduce the medicine into their body in methods like inhaling the marijuana using a vapor apparatus or taking pills, eating cookie and brownies, butter and all different and inventive foods. I am a big fan on all natural pain relief remedies, if people can stay away from synthetic and chemical drug based temporary pills then I’m all for it.

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I-502 Security Camera Law requirements

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States that now allow people to grow and cultivate marijuana have laws, rules and special requirements to be able to grow and cultivate legally without having problems and BIG fines. Here at SecurityCameraKing.com we have top-notch reliable I-502 Security Camera systems. Even if it’s your first time trying to pass the inspection to obtain your license to grow or your 3rd time trying to pass the inspection without problems that hold back the growing process, then you should consider a STRONG standalone unit like the NVR-LT128.

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This unit meets the camera resolution requirements recording at 1080p at 960fps using 32- 2 megapixel IP cameras like the IPOD-EL2MPIR50 that have time and date stamp capabilities and night vision will be more than enough to cover all controlled access areas, security room areas, all points of ingress/egress to the exterior of the licensed premises day and night.

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All of the point-of-sale areas will be covered and have capabilities to identify activity within the required 20 feet of all entry and exit points and the entire perimeter fencing and gates enclosing any outdoor grow operation. This 2 megapixel IP indoor/outdoor with IR dome camera would completely fulfill the needs of the indoor and outdoor environment that is needed to pass the I-502 security camera inspection. This camera can be power by POE or 12V adapter making it really easy for the install.

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The NVR has a dual core processor and 4GB of DDR3 Ram and it has the capacity to hold 16 – 7200 rpm Seagate SV-35 (3 terabyte) quick hot swap hard drives totaling in 48TB of internal storage which also meets 24 hour a day for 45 days of recording I-502 security camera requirement. When having the issue to secure the NVR from theft, tampering or vandalism we recommend using the LOCKBOX-EX, this a 16 gauge steel security NVR lock Box with a custom fan to keep the unit running cool. The lock box will only give access to the key holder. The hot swap hard drive feature is brilliant when you have to copy a hard drive for police or state officials on the fly.

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Employee requirements

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The I-502 requires all employees on the licensed premises to have and properly display an identification badge issued by the licensed employer at all times while on site. Having a complete Security Camera I-502 compliant reliable system is essential when having to monitor and record for security and state reasons but what about access control security measures that the I-502 inspections may require?

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TechPro Security Products offers access control packages that include the iEDC 8 door access control board. This package includes free enterprise server 16 door management software (for a limited time only). The software enables you to configure access control, time and attendance, visitor management, ID badging, video surveillance and elevator control. There are 16 input ports that you would use to configure biometric readers, Push to Exit buttons, card fob readers and door sensors. Your relay output ports would be used with alarm systems and locking apparatuses like Maglocks, door strikes and gate locks. When access control is configured properly you can limit access to anyone from your establishment 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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The I-502 security camera law requires all licensed grow operations to keep track of all production of marijuana from seed to sale. Basically you must have recorded Camera footage showing evidence of where ALL the cannabis plant went like the seeds, clone, trim, leaves and other plant matter. Like in all businesses there’s always a waste of product so having the complete camera system allows the license holder to have proof of any wasted cannabis material. Having a piece of mind when handling a business as sensitive as this is vital for success. Remote viewing and recording to the cloud is also a great feature for insuring yourself that you are in compliance with the law, state and police officials. They need access to all record events of the licensed premise where the marijuana is being grown and cultivated at all times. TechPro Security Products uses Web service interfaces, TechPro PSS and SmartPSS software that is user-friendly so any official can use it to access the IP cameras remotely from anywhere in the world that has internet access.

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I think it’s great that legalizing marijuana can benefit the economy along with great tax income by the state. It has created more jobs and opportunities for self-employment while helping unfortunate suffering patients with pain and illness management on a natural bases. On the flip side it’s a state law but we all know that the federal government has full authority of the law so if they really wanted to they can arrest and confiscate all assets of the grow operation. Whatever the case is, I still support the medical use of marijuana for patents that are suffering from pain and sickness and if it’s my job to make sure that the licensee security camera system is running perfectly it would be my pleasure to get the job done.

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Creating and Designing a Floor Plan or Layout WAC 314-55 (I-502)

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

With your application for I-502 WAC 314-55 you must submit a floor plan or Layout. This floor plan must adequately map your security layout, to include a variety of specifics, from alarms to cameras. Being detail oriented is extremely important in order to receive approval.  At this point your head is probably filled with questions. How do I make or find my floor plan? What needs to be on it in order to receive approval?  What details need to be included? Don’t worry! We’ve created our fair share of floor plans as part of applications, that have passed inspection, and we’ve come to help!

Haste makes waste so let’s start with the basics.  The first thing you need to do is obtain a floor plan of your basic architectural features or the ones you plan to have in the case of outdoor areas.  Often times these can be found online, if you don’t have a copy from when you purchased the land or structure.  It can be obtained from the counties public records. You may call your local building or housing department or start with the public records division, often they have a copy you may obtain although expect that you may have to deal with a significant wait(you need not express its use).  Other sources could be your realtor, landlord, or an online property appraisal website. If all these sources are exhausted for you and you still cannot obtain a floor plan you can always create your own, which is where this article maybe of help!

Now there are two main options when creating your own floor plan, the first option you can use is to design one by computer.   Don’t be too daunted by this. It is not as difficult as it sounds.  You don’t need to have a Computer Aided Drafting program (or CAD) to design your floor plan.  In all reality it is as simple as looking up your address in Google maps or Google earth and using that as your initial image print screen or screen shot the image. Once you have this image you can use any image editing software, even Microsoft paint can suffice for our purposes here. Simply trace the property and buildings or grow areas.  Now floor plans need to have several features mapped on them before you start planning out your security concerns.

But before we even get that far, let me cover how to create it by hand. Now this is of course assuming you can’t find your floor plan, from your records, bank, real estate agent, landlord, property appraiser or local government’s public records.  All you really need to do to create it by hand is buy yourself some graph paper a good ruler and set yourself to work with number 2 pencil.  As we covered when creating your floor pan with the computer the first thing you need to draw out is the area you will be using.

Regardless of whether you creating your floor plan by hand or by computer you need to map out the area you will be utilizing for your business. If this is indoor that means the building, if outdoor the fence and property line. It is vital to correctly measure out your dimensions of the area and write them down beside each length of fence or wall.  With a computer in paint or Photoshop simply use the box tool to create the building outline.  For a fence use the line tool for each segment of fence line. As stated earlier this easier to do if you use a Google maps or Earth image as its simply matter of tracing the aerial image. When doing it by hand use a ruler and scale the image so that every inch equals a set amount of feet.  For example if you set one inch to equal twelve feet than a hundred foot fence line would equal 8.3 inches.  Be sure to scale your site accordingly to the size of your paper.

Once you’ve outlined the exterior walls or fence line your next task is to draw in the different rooms, grow areas or greenhouses within your outline.  Using the same tools and scale you’ve used continue to map these features, each room should be measured and the dimesions should be annotated beside each of these walls or fence lines.  The idea is to map every space a inspector would want to see, so that they have an accurate idea of what your intentions and uses, are.  Marking what rooms will be used for growing and processing is helpful especially when you go for quotes for security and surveillance systems.  How high are the ceilings? Could the grow affect visibility of a camera?  These are just a few important factors to consider detailing so that the inspectors and security professionals can give you an adequate quote.

It is extremely important that you include doors and windows.  The reason this is so  important is when you want to quote out security systems you will need to camera and/or alarm every door, window, gate or entrance and exit way in order to be compliant. (see WAC 315-55-083 (2) (3)) This is to include an attic basement, 2nd floor or any area you intend on using for the business. Once you’ve mapped these features out your done.

You may attempt to estimate camera and alarm placement but this is not always recommended unless you are knowledgeable about the law and surveillance and alarm systems as there is a lot to consider.  For example the limitations on power and data streams change depending on the surveillance system your installing.  Each camera has different distance and resolution limitations.  It may be helpful to map power locations like outlets and circuit breakers but don’t stress too hard on these. With camera placement remember that both entrance and exit of every room, hallway, entryway and exit must receive coverage of the camera, and be able to identify the individual entering and exiting.  Understand all disposal areas, processing areas, drying areas, grow areas, quarantine zones and essentially anywhere the product may be at any point, MUST to receive coverage.  If you are doing an outdoor grow also note that the entire exterior fence line must receive coverage.

Here I’ve added a few videos for you to utilize as a guide lines. They pertain to how to search Google maps/Google earth and screen shot your image and paste it to paint so that you can use it for your floor plan. I’ve also made a few examples via Google Earth and paint for you to have a look at and reference.  However you choose to tackle this issue just understand we are here to assist you as much as we can.  We can help you turn  a rough estimated floor plan into a compliant success story. The intent here is simply to put more control into your hands and speed you along the process!

 

Screenshoting a (Google Earth Image)

Creating a Floor Plan (Google Earth Option)

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Adding Dimensions to a floor plan

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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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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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