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Advantages to Modeling Your Colorado Amendment 64 and I-502 Layout

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Modeling Advantages for Washington Initiative 502 and Colorado Amendment 64: Introduction

So you’ve created the layout for your facility in order to submit it to the state, but now you are running into the questions like “How many cameras do I need?” or “Where and how do I position my cameras?”  Your first consideration should always be the governing authority’s prerequisites, and you’ll find few who are as informed as we here at Security Camera King. We have specialists in both the Washington Initiative 502 and Colorado Amendment 64’s rules and regulations. One of the reasons our customers are so successful at passing the boards and becoming licensed is precise layouts and camera placement.  One advantage we offer our Amendment 64 and I-502 customers is a 3D model of your facility.  This model can offer you several advantages that you would not otherwise have.  First, modeling your layout will give you an edge with the Washington Liquor Control Board or Colorado Department of Revenue by providing them with a precise example of where and how you are establishing camera coverage and security measures.  Second, designing this model can provide investors, contractors, employees, and coworkers with a professional rendering or rendition of the vision you have for your business.   And finally, modeling will help you with spatial planning by offering you a visual representation of how your grow area will look, work and function including how your surveillance and security systems will fit in.  This gives our customers a definite advantage over their competition!

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Modeling Advantages for Initiative 502 and Amendment 64: Application

Modeling your I-502 or Amendment 64 layout allows you to have advantages normal applicants wont have! What do I mean? Let me be more specific. You can outline camera locations to give coverage from positions that may normally look to be obstructed on a traditional 2-dimensional layout. This allows us at Security Camera King to provide our customers with a more accurate camera count.  These counts are also far more precise in their coverage, which as a result allows you to express to the governing authority more directly what areas will be visible to the camera. For example, if you have a warehouse with a 15 foot ceiling and a 10 foot high grow, it would appear on a 2D layout as if the camera isn’t covering the full grow or that the camera’s vision is blocked by the grow itself.  However, on a 3D sketch up, you can clearly see the camera is overlooking the grow, providing coverage of all persons working on your product.  In another example we may find that a camera can cover 2 egress points because of a unique position not normally discernable on a 2d floor plan.  This level of detail gives Colorado’s Department of Revenue for Amendment 64 licensees or Washington’s Liquor Control Board for Initiative 502 applicants, a more precise depiction of your intent, allowing for faster approval of applications and licenses.  The level of detail a 3D rendering rendering is not just useful to the Liquor Control Board and Department of Revenue alone!

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Modeling Advantages for Investors, Contractors, Employees and Coworkers

Modeling can also assist in providing an example of your idea to investors, co-workers, employees or even contractors during the construction portion.  Since we create our 3-Dimensional model after your floor plan, even a layout still in the preliminary planning process can be done long before construction of your facility is complete.  Even a pencil drawing with proper measurements included can be converted to a moderately detailed model with relative ease.  This allows us to help you to present your intentions to potential investors and clients. It can include specifics of your surveillance and access control solutions, and additionally your facility’s production, processing, and/or sales floor organization.  On some projects, we can even create short video clips to expressly present you with the products we are quoting you as well as a 3D walk-through of your facility, in addition to the 3-Dimensional model itself.  If you are in a renovation phase, modeling may also help allow you to illustrate where walls will be relocated, rooms portioned, windows paved over, alarm systems placed, and how your layout will change to both contractors and the governing authority.  The more detail you present us with, the larger the detail we can include on your quote and model.

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Modeling Advantages for Initiative 502 and Amendment 64: Visual & Spatial Prep

Even if you are as far along as simply completing your order and placing cameras accordingly on an already state approved layout, a model can help you estimate where you will be laying or running cable and what areas you may have that will potentially be more difficult than others.  Modeling will help you with spatial planning and visual preparation, in general, by giving you a more detailed way to estimate cable lengths, in addition to envisioning positions of various other devices and systems.

For example, it may be useful in plotting access control locations and to see just which systems will be most beneficial to add security to your facility. There are a few concerns, however, that should be noted when using modeling as with any layout in that it cannot replace a physical walk-through that is necessary with the installation of any equipment.  That is to say that the engineering infrastructure of the facility needs to be taken into account, as well as any furniture and accessories that may not be visible on the model or layout when it comes to the installation.  Even so, many times these features can be included in the layout or floor plan and even without such features having a 3-Dimensional model is definitely an advantage!


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Our knowledgeable team can definitely help you answer the questions of “How many cameras do I need?” and “Where and how do I position these cameras?” We can also revise your layout and create a 3D model to give you a real visual and virtual representation of your facility, even if it hasn’t been constructed yet!  This will allow you to present your facility to the State with sincere confidence with our guarantee.  Not only that, but you now have a 3-Dimensional rendering to present to investors and future clients!  We here at Security Camera King are always looking to provide excellence in service to our clients, and this is just one of the ways we show our support!

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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)

Creating a Floor Plan

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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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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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
15 frames per second

Hard Drive Space Needed For 1.3 Megapixel Recording

Hard Drive Requirements for 32 IP Cameras at 1.3 megapixel Resolution
15 frames per second

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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