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Washington’s I-502 Setup and Configurations from a Techie!

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Monday, April 6th, 2015

I can imagine how much of a pain it is to get into legal Marijuana growing and retail sales. This is the kind of headache a lot of people in the state of Washington are dealing with right now. There are all kinds of permits, inspections, fees, and start up costs that go into something like this and I can see how this becomes extremely stressful. Now, it is no secret that these facilities, whether it is growing or retail sales, have to have a security camera system with minimum requirements such as resolution, camera positioning, and days of recording! I know there are plenty of camera companies that you can go with and I am not here to try and explain why you should choose us, the link below will do that job for me!

Everything you need to know about I-502 Security Cameras

I am here to give you guidance on how to configure your I-502 setup and get your system running in order to pass your inspections and complete one of the major steps on your way to getting your facility operational. I work on the Tech Support team, and have had a lot of experience configuring these types of systems all over Washington. This goes for Analog systems, HDCVI systems, and even IP systems. We have done it all and are more than willing to do all the configurations for you. The first step to getting your camera system set up is by calling our sales experts and getting the system that will best benefit you. Once that is done and you receive your equipment, I need you to test every single camera before you mount it, because if you mount the camera and it is DOA the return process will become a hassle for both parties. So, testing the equipment before the install is always the best way to go!

Keep in mind, you guys have a few minimum requirements, but that does not mean that you have to go with the bare minimum. For example, 10 FPS is the minimum FPS you can configure at a minimum resolution of D1. Again, that does not mean that you have to use those settings. If you decide to go bigger and better that is fine too. If you do decide to go with a higher resolution and more FPS then you will need to buy more Hard drive space to compensate for it. You have to have 45 days of continuous recording, and the biggest thing that eats up hard drive space is FPS and resolution. The higher the resolution and FPS the more space you will need to reach the 45 day requirement. There is a calculator on our website that looks like this (Below). You will need to enter how many cameras you have, the resolution of said cameras, the FPS (aka Frame rate), hours per day you will record (24 for you), and the amount of days you need to reach! Keep in mind that this is an estimate, so you should get a bit more storage to give yourself sufficient leeway!

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As you can see with the settings I put in the calculator you would need about 7-8 TBs in order to make your 45 day requirement and have some left over as leeway! So if you wanted to go with HDCVI or IP for better quality cameras that will be no problem at all.

Now that everything was tested and you have the install complete, any of our techs, including myself, can begin the configuration process with you. This article is being written to help you possibly do these configurations yourself, and better understand them at the same time! So, to start you will need to get the DVR hooked up to your network and make sure it is on the correct IP scheme so you can access it over the web, and possibly remotely after we configure the router. If you would like to configure the router on your own there is a port forwarding guide on our website under networking downloads. Before we get to that you will need to do a few things. First you want to make sure the time of the DVR is set correctly. I will do my configurations through the web as I see it to be easier. Once you get to the Web Service through the IP address, you will go to the setup tab to begin configurations. You will go to system, General, Date & Time, and make sure you change it to MM DD YYYY and 12 hour. Then you will need to set the GMT to -8:00 (Washington) and if the time does not change to the correct time, make sure you change it and you can save that page!

Next step is to go to the “Storage” tab and check “HDD Manage” and make sure that all of your hard drives are being recognized and are the correct size all with a status of normal. Then I will need you to go to “Schedule” and make sure you are set up for 24/7 recording on all channels for all days, and the way you will do so is look at the picture below and see on the right side where you have set up for period 1, click on that.

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Once in that tab you will see the screen below and there you will make the exact same selections that I have there. This is setting your DVR to record 24/7 on all days for channel one. Then once you save you will see the screen above again then I want you to click on copy select copy to all channels and click save.

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Then you will need to click on “Record” and you will see a screen that looks like the below picture. This is where you will set certain channels to record and certain channels not to record (on the main stream that is). Sub stream should be set to stop on all channels. In the main stream you want to set the channels that have cameras to “Schedule” or “Auto”, and the channels that have no cameras attached set it to stop. The way a DVR works is, it will record every single channel even if there is no camera attached. If you are pressed for hard drive space like you are to meet the 45 days, then turning channels with no cameras off will stop the recording of blank channels to preserve your space for actual footage. You just have to remember that if you add a camera you need to set it to record or you will not have any recorded footage for that channel.

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The next and final step is to set up the resolutions of your cameras to make sure you get your 45 days of recording! You will do this under Camera tab and then Encode. If your cameras need to be set to D1 at 30 FPS then just set up channel 1 and then copy to all channels as a shortcut, no need to do every channel one by one. After that you are all set, although you may still need port forwarding for remote access.

If you wanted to go with IP that is an option as well. As a matter of fact I just finished the configuration of an 80 IP camera job in Washington. The layout of the network is a bit more complicated than Analog or HDCVI where there is no network necessary for cameras. I created a little layout as to how it works and you have to have some understanding of how to configure dual NICs in the NVR, which which you can read about here!

You configure the cameras to be separated from your main network using the second NIC of the NVR. There is quite a bit of configuring that goes into that type of set up, but it is possible if you wanted to go that way. I would be more than happy to configure this type of set up for you, and so would any of the techs here in the office. Just look at the diagram I created and if you have any questions please call us at (866) 573-8878 option 3 or 124 for my personal extension. This diagram will not teach you how to configure this type of set up, but it will give you a better understanding of how to wire everything and how to set it up. Then we can walk you through the configuration on the phone! Hope all of this was helpful, Thank You! This diagram below is actually the exact set up we did on that 80 camera setup.

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The I-502 Security Camera Law

Written By:
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.

Traceability

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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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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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How to choose a security camera system to meet the requirements of WA i-502 security camera law

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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Your Washington Marijuana License is Approved!

This is what over 3,000 marijuana license applicants are hoping to hear. If you live in Washington and are one of those i-502 applicants then that means you. In this article I will be focusing on the Surveillance System requirements for the Washington Marijuana Law WAC 314-55-083 and how you can get your Marijuana License approved per those requirements. At SecurityCameraKing.com we have the most knowledgeable Security Camera Professionals and have been working with i-502 Marijuana Applicants since the application process has started. In fact, there have already been Washington Marijuana Growers that have had their applications approved with our security camera systems. And, just recently about 20 Retail Marijuana Stores in Washington have had their Marijuana License approved. Guess what? A few of those applicants purchased their Security camera System through us.

So, as you can see, we know the i-502 Security Camera Law.

There are a few parts of WAC 314-55-083 that we pay special attention to. The first is that the minimum camera resolution needs to be 640×470 pixels and the recording device needs to be IP protocol. This part of the law has been a matter of debate and there are many security camera dealers that are scaring applicants into buying expensive IP cameras. We have actually been on top of this issue and have proof from the Washington Liquor Control Board that you do not have to have IP cameras. IP protcol simply means that the device (in this case the recorder) needs to hook up to the Internet. Now, our low-cost affordable DVRs and analog cameras meet the requirements of the 640×470 pixels. Keep in mind that although our DVRs take care of the minimum resolution, if you wnat to really protect your investment and be able to zoom in on detail without distortion, then we do suggest going with High Resolution 1080p cameras and equipment, but it is not necessary to pass your marijuana application process.

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Another part of WAC 314-55-083 that we pay close attention to is that all entrances and exits need to have surveillance as well as fence perimeters, windows, etc. The first thing we do to help Washington Marijuana Applicants is we ask for a site plan to help them with camera placement. Since we have had applicants who have passed their inspections you can be confident in our expertise. If you don’t know how to create a layout, you can hand draw your site plan and email it to us. Below is an example I have created. This is not an actual customer’s site plan because we believe in the privacy of all of our customers. I created this just as an example.

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An i-502 Site Plan layout Example

In this layout you can plainly see this is a typical Marijuana Grower’s site plan. There are multiple grow areas surrounded by a fence perimeter. There is a required compost area, processing area, quarantine area and office and all have cameras placed in the correct locations. When i-502 inspections first came about, the 4 camera on each corner of the fence were not required. Because we follow what the inspectors are requiring as time goes on, we know that they indeed are requiring this type of camera placement. Also, you will see that each door has surveillance on the outside of the door as well as the inside. Also, inside the grow areas, there are multiple cameras so that there is not one area which cannot be seen by the surveillance system. Also, inside the office you might have noticed an “X” on the left side. This is another important part of WAC 314-55-083, the fact that the recording device needs to be in a locked closet or another type of locking device.

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DVR Lockbox – a great way to secure your DVR

The DVR Lockbox is what we recommend to our i-502 applicants as it is a way to secure your DVR from theft and vandalism as well as gaining bonus points in the inspection process. This can be mounted to the wall using DVR lockbox brackets and it even comes with a fan to keep your DVR or NVR cool.

Another important point of the WA Marijuana Security Camera Law is that all cameras need to record 24 hours per day and the recording device needs to be able to record for 45 days. We have a fantastic Hard Drive Calculator to determine how much hard drive you will need for your security camera setup.

Hard Drive Space Needed For D1 Recording

Hard Drive Requirements for 32 Analog Cameras at D1 Resolution
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Hard Drive Space Needed For 1.3 Megapixel Recording

Hard Drive Requirements for 32 IP Cameras at 1.3 megapixel Resolution
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As you can see I have the calculations at 15 frames per second on both examples. The minimum frame rate requirements per law is 10 frames per second and we recommend 15 frames per second minimum for a better recording. The more frames per second you record, the smoother the video will be. We have hard drives from 1TB to 4TB and our full size DVRS and NVRS will hold up to 8 hard drives. The great thing about buying your hard drive from us when you buy your recorder is that we will install your hard drives for free and make sure they are formatted correctly. That way when you receive your DVR or NVR it will be immediately ready to go as soon as you plug it in and connect a monitor to it.

Other important items for your camera system of course will be power and cables (although the law doesn’t state the requirements for these, they are indeed necessary to run your equipment.) We will include these when we work up your quote based on your site plan that you provide to us.

Also, if you ever need help configuring your security equipment, we provide free tech support for the life of your products. We will walk you through every step of the way from programming your cameras to record 24/7 to viewing your security camera system remotely from any computer or smart devices.

So, just to sum things up, we have become experts in helping i-502 Marijuana Applicants pass their surveillance requirements. All of the applicants we have designed systems for and purchased from us have been approved. If you want to see what what our system costs for your specific needs, send us your site plan to support@securitycameraking.com. Make sure you provide your name, telephone number, zipcode and any questions and our 1-502 specialists will work up a quote right away.

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