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I-502 Washington Code 314-55-083 Security, Surviellance and Access Control: Contingency and Congruency Planning

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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When building your I-502 system it is important to plan your security layout, contingency and congruency options.  What does this mean exactly? It means planning for the worst case scenario. Planning for all foreseeable contingencies and running congruent systems to compartmentalize as much damage to the system as a worst case scenario can create.  When we here at Security Camera King plot your camera layout we take many factors into account, and in doing so we account for contingency and congruency in many ways.  My goal here is to further your awareness and allow for you to consider all choices with a conscious understanding of your infrastructure options when it comes to your cameras, digital video recorders, and cabling. These ideas and strategies can be applied to all your systems, including access control, loss prevention, employee accountability and even some growing strategies.

The first step is planning for contingencies and presenting the strongest defense one can have. “Preparation is key” as any good boy scout will tell you.  Contingency planning is simply preparing for the worst case scenario and often the impossible or unlikely. In considering these things you will find your business encountering far fewer slow-downs during emergencies. This can be extremely important with an I-502 surveillance system.   For example let us consider for a moment the unlikely scenario of a fire in a grow room: Damaged surveillance cameras could cause an entire suspension of production for the facility due to lack of CCTV coverage.  Having this added issue cutting further into your profits than just the initial loss of product and damage could be a devastating blow to a business. Meanwhile having a spare camera, cable and perhaps grow equipment could bring that room back to recovery much faster than ordering replacements would allow. Neatly avoiding rush shipping which can be an expensive emergency cost if your budget isn’t prepared for it. While extremely unlikely or improbable everything is subject to Murphy’s Law and even though these events are indeed unlikely and more so improbable, they are still a very real possibility. Having extra cameras on hand or a digital video recorder and hard drive if your budget allows can benefit you in multiple ways. For example if an opportunity to expand or grow avails itself you may be able to yield an extra crop. Contingency planning and purchases can and should include other items such as generators, battery backups, and surge protectors to protect against harmful lightning strikes or power surges and failures. This will allow you to continue working and protect your product when others may lose their ability to produce.  Having your surveillance system consistently running may keep you above reproach when the Liquor Control Board questions your actions or accountability during a power outage.  It can also allow you more flexibility in your infrastructure as it pertains to organizing and congruency.

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The second part to security/surveillance systems planning is congruency. Congruency planning is preparing and planning your system so that it can be interchanged and switched due to damage or as relevant to your operations growth and the change of the shape of your layout.  It is the art of interchangeable compartmentalization.

Congruency planning is best explained and very similar to how you plan congruency in your crop as a grower or farmer.  The phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is a simple and shrewd business strategy that can be applied to both your grow and your surveillance systems. Just as you have multiple rooms or greenhouses to prevent excessive sex change, so can you have multiple digital video recorder systems in case one is vandalized by a manager knowing he is about to be terminated or by an act of God.  For example, having multiple small digital video recorders with one or two ports unused allows that if you need to expand or move cameras from one digital video recorder to another you are free to do so without having any loss in coverage. No fretting, no hassle, quick resolutions to emergency situations.  Another part of congruency is utilizing the same hardware throughout your facility. Whether it be cameras, digital video recorders, hard drives, or cabling it can all be simplified to the same item types to allow for congruent systems. This makes any individual part of your system interchangeable with the other.  Say you want enlarge one room and shorten another. Relocating a camera is far easier when it doesn’t matter which camera you move. From running multiple systems to using the same digital video recorders, congruency is an integral part of planning your surveillance system. Congruency is a simple solution for contingency planning and your most effective option.

So what can we do to help?  First we take into account your needs when we give you your initial layout and quote.  We leave room for you to expand your system as your business grows, from adding cameras to alarm inputs and outputs. Next we provide multiple solutions to your surveillance and security needs. We look at each case and assess whether it is more effective to utilize two 16 channel digital video recorder units or one 32 channel digital video recorder unit.  In each case we carefully plan out your system to offer you the optimal solution for your layout. Not only that, we guarantee you will pass inspection if you follow our recommendations! We stand by our quotes and our assessments.  Beyond that our tech support is for the lifetime of the product, available to help you adjust your set up as needed.  We can also help you with your access control needs and simplify your layouts for these systems as well by maintaining equipment redundancy.   Access control is just another aspect of the field we specialize in, again providing you with unparalleled service and support.

We offer you multiple solutions to your surveillance requisites, all the while remaining I-502 compliant and maintaining a cost effective attitude.  To show our commitment in helping our I-502 customers anything purchased in addition to the quote and layout relating to fire replacement or spare items and cameras not included in our layout will be given an additional discount beyond the discount we normally reserve for our I-502 customers.  Give us a call. We would be glad to assist you! You can also check us out on the web at www.securitycameraking.com.

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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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i-502 Security Camera Law – Why this Marijuana Law is Necessary and How it Protects Your Investment

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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After several studies were conducted over the last decade, Washington State legalized the recreational use (i-502) of marijuana after decades of it being outlawed based on information from the past. Partially because this is expected to stimulate both the local and state economies, several other states have begun to consider making similar changes in their laws. Politicians from across the country are closely watching how these controversial changes in the state laws will affect our society and economy.

The government of Washington state is strictly regulating this industry and part of these regulations make the use of security camera systems a requirement through i502 Initiative to be a part of this lucrative industry, which is expected to generate over 2 billion dollars in 2014. This is not only one way that a good security camera system can benefit people involved in this industry at any level. Security cameras can also be a good idea because this industry is more vulnerable to theft as a result of the national bank’s policies toward handling funds for these types of businesses. High quality security cameras can even be useful during the growing process. In this article we’re going to take a closer look at these applications.

Legal Requirements For Marijuana Security Camera Systems

To get a general understanding of what these state laws require we’ll take a look at how the Washington State Liquor Control Board i-502 law says that surveillance cameras must be used at any facility which is a licensed part of this industry. The DVR or NVR used to record the security camera footage must be accessible over the internet and be able to record video footage that is stamped with the accurate date and time. The DVR or NVR at any location which is a licensed part of this budding industry must also be protected by a lock box or similar method of preventing unauthorized tampering.

The security cameras have to be positioned in such a way that they can record video footage of the perimeter of the premises in order to be able to monitor both pedestrian and vehicular traffic traveling both ways.

At retail locations a fixed camera, which is able to identify all activity within twenty feet of all entry points, must provide video coverage of the point-of-sale areas at all licensed retail locations. There must also be additional cameras that are able to identify anyone inside this type of facility.

Growing facilities must have cameras that are capable of providing video in low light conditions located so that they will record video of all entrances from inside and outside the building and allow a viewer to easily identify the actions of anyone inside the building. Approaches to the premises must also be monitored with fixed security cameras. All areas where marijuana is grown must have a camera that provides an unobstructed view of any activity involving the plant, including the destruction of any waste.

Protecting the investment.

There are a couple problems facing this fledgling market because of the fact that federal government still considers this plant illegal even though these two states have made it legal and several other states have either already allowed the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes or are going to be voting on it in the near future. The first of these problems is that none of the financial institutions are offering financial services to any business that is involved in selling marijuana. The second problem facing this industry is the fact that the larger, national security camera installation companies will not provide their services to this type business.

The fact that banking institutions will not deal with these businesses means that it is becoming an all cash industry. A pound of marijuana sells for around 2,000 dollars so there is quite a bit of cash being handled and that combined with large amounts of the valuable product makes facilities at all levels of this process a tempting target for thieves. There have been reports of robberies happening all along the supply chain of this business: from the growing all the way to retail sites.

One daring robber cut a hole in the ceiling of warehouse where large amounts of pot was being stored and then used a rope to repel into the building. Once inside the thief gathered a significant amount of the valuable buds before figuring out that he couldn’t climb back down the way he came in and all the doors were locked from the outside. Another thief rammed a car through a warehouse door to gain entry. In yet another robbery people were dressed up like ninjas as they drove off on motorcycles after stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of product in broad daylight. These are just a small portion of the robberies which have been reported to officials and employee theft is always a concern in business.

Exacerbating the problem is the fact that all of the larger security camera companies won’t do new installations for anyone in this business. In many cases these security camera companies have terminated existing contracts without any advance notice. The fact that these businesses are such a tempting target combined with the hands off policy of the national security camera companies is creating an exceptional demand for the services of local security camera installation companies.

Helping to grow quality products.

Marijuana is in fact a weed that will grow in a wide variety of environments without any attention but to be able to consistently yield a quality product requires a lot more attention and care. There are many potential problems that can ruin these crops if you don’t address the issue quickly. Surveillance cameras can help to monitor the situation and allow you to respond quickly if the need arises.

In order to get a high quality bud, the moisture and lighting levels must be closely monitored and maintained throughout the growing cycle. These plants will need different amounts of these nutrients depending on the current stage of their life cycle and staying on top of the changing needs of the plant.

Insect and pest infestations are another thing that can be a sneaky and destructive problem which can ruin an entire crop. There have been studies published that say that there are 272 different types of insects and mites that can damage these plants. If an infestation by any of these critters begins then catching it early is the key to saving your crops.

The female of the species of plant is the only one that will produce the valuable bud. It is even possible for a whole room of marijuana plants to change sex, becoming males overnight if they are stressed enough in the early stages of growth. This stress can be caused by handling the plants too much, not being properly seated in the soil, poor lighting and many other possible factors.

The legal requirements, protecting the investment and that fact that surveillance cameras can help a business to consistently produce a quality product mean that finding quality video surveillance equipment and service are going to crucial for this industry for years to come.

For a cost effective approach to installing an HD Security in your Marijuana Retail Store, Marijuana Farm or Marijuana Distribution Center, check out an HD-CVI System from Security Camera King. It can record 720p over standard Coax cable and is Marijuana Law Compliant.

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Marijuana Cultivation and Camera Systems – I-502 Compliancy

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

marijuana cultivationYou are probably asking yourself, how do these go together?  The reason being is that most people hear of someone growing marijuana and they think illegal drug dealer, not profitable business.  For the last several decades you were right, but times have changed and so has the industry.  In recent years there has been some dramatic changes in the perception and regulation of marijuana, whether it be for medical marijuana or recreational use marijuana.  In recent years more and more citizens have voted to allow for the use of marijuana in different ways.  As the laws have changed so has the regulations for this industry.

 

One state in recent months that has legalized the recreational use of marijuana has been the state of Washington.  With the legalization of use, also came the legalization of cultivation.  With the cultivation lawmakers have put in place a series of requirements that growers and sellers have to follow in order to be in compliance with state laws.  The following information comes from Washington State Liquor Control Board’s i-502 compliancy.

 

(2) Alarm systems. At a minimum, each licensed premises must have a security alarm system on all perimeter entry points and perimeter windows. Motion detectors, pressure switches, duress, panic, and hold-up alarms may also be utilized.

(3) Surveillance system. At a minimum, a complete video surveillance with minimum camera resolution of 640×470 pixel and must be internet protocol (IP) compatible and recording system for controlled areas within the licensed premises and entire perimeter fencing and gates enclosing an outdoor grow operation, to ensure control of the area. The requirements include image acquisition, video recording, management and monitoring hardware and support systems. All recorded images must clearly and accurately display the time and date. Time is to be measured in accordance with the U.S. National Institute Standards and Technology standards.

(a) 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.

(b) Camera placement shall allow for the clear and certain identification of any individual on the licensed premises.

(c) 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. The surveillance system storage device must be secured on-site in a lock box, cabinet, closet, or secured in another manner to protect from employee tampering or criminal theft.

(d) All perimeter fencing and gates enclosing an outdoor grow operation must have full video surveillance capable of clearly identifying any activities occurring within twenty feet of the exterior of the perimeter. Any gate or other entry point that is part of the enclosure for an outdoor growing operation must have fixed camera coverage capable of identifying activity occurring within a minimum of twenty feet of the exterior, twenty-four hours a day. A motion detection lighting system may be employed to illuminate the gate area in low light conditions.

(e) Areas where marijuana is grown, cured or manufactured including destroying waste, shall have a camera placement in the room facing the primary entry door, and in adequate fixed positions, at a height which will provide a clear, unobstructed view of the regular activity without a sight blockage from lighting hoods, fixtures, or other equipment, allowing for the clear and certain identification of persons and activities at all times.

(f) All marijuana or marijuana-infused products that are intended to be removed or transported from marijuana producer to marijuana processor and/or marijuana processor to marijuana retailer shall be staged in an area known as the “quarantine” location for a minimum of twenty-four hours. Transport manifest with product information and weights must be affixed to the product. At no time during the quarantine period can the product be handled or moved under any circumstances and is subject to auditing by the liquor control board or designees.

(g) All camera recordings must be continuously recorded twenty-four hours a day. All surveillance recordings must be kept for a minimum of forty-five days on the licensee’s recording device. All videos are subject to inspection by any liquor control board employee or law enforcement officer, and must be copied and provided to the board or law enforcement officer upon request.

 

Alright, now that you see the law lets talk about the systems that will meet these requirements to keep your location in compliance.  Based on the bare minimum requirements, any of Techpro Security DVRs or NVRs will work.  To meet the absolute requirement of 640×470 pixels will put you into any DVR that can record in D1 resolution (704×480).  Since there are no required minimum frames per second stated, you can get away with a Techpro Security Mini Economy DVR .  This unit will record D1 resolution and 7fps (frames per second) on all channels.  It is also accessible for remote viewing, which makes it meet the requirement of IP internet protocol of the recorder.  Based on the 45 days that is being required to be stored and recording 16 cameras at D1 resolution and 7fps, you will need a minimum of a 3TB hard drive.  You can calculate a rough idea of the amount of hard drive space you will need with Security Camera King’s Hard Drive Calculator.  If it was my operation, I would want to have more than the “bare requirements”.   I would do a Techpro Security Ultimate Series DVR ,  the problem with only using the mini is that to record 16 cameras at D1 resolution and 30fps you will need 10TB of hard drive space, and the mini unit will only hold up to 6TBs of hard drive.  I would step up to the Ultimate Full Size, with this unit you can put in up to 8 hard drives or a total of 24TBs of space.  You will also want to upgrade the cameras from a basic OD-CM600IR50-B camera to a minimum of the OD-LX700IR50-W.  Although the basic camera meets the requirements of the law, I am not a “bare requirements” type of person.   Based on the fact that marijuana plants are very sensitive to light, I would shy away from using any camera with greater than a 50 IR distance in any area where growing occurs.  Otherwise you could turn your plants unusable from too much stress.

 

Now if this was my business and my livelihood, I would go all out to protect my investment.   I would use a Techpro Security NVR and Techpro Security IP Cameras.  The reason I would go this route is that the resolution on these cameras are at a minimum of 720p and go up to 1080p.  I don’t know about you, but I want to know exactly what is going on with my investment and know if anything ever happened I would be able to catch the perpetrators.   If I was looking for a system already put together for me I would go with Security Camera Kings pre-built Complete 16 Camera Elite Series NVR Security Camera Surveillance System.  With this configuration you will need to have at least 15TB of hard drive space to stay in compliance.  I would personally put in 18TB to slightly exceed the minimum, because the last thing that I would want to have happen is be even a couple hours short of the 45 day requirement.   Now if I was trying to be a little more conservative on my spending, the next system I would go with would be an analog system with more cameras to give me over coverage, an example would be the COMPLETE 32 CHANNEL DVR ULTIMATE SECURITY CAMERA PACKAGE.  I would at a minimum upgrade the cameras to the OD-LX700IR50-W and add at least 19TB of HDD space.  Now if a pre-built package won’t work for you, there is a really cool option of creating a Custom Built Package, which offers the same discounted products but you can customize the equipment to meet your exact needs.

 

No matter what way you go, you can’t go wrong with a system from Security Camera King, even the base records will meet the requirements of the State of Washington Liquor Control Boards requirements.  The only thing you will want to make sure of is that whatever recorder you go with can hold enough hard drive space, so make sure to use the CCTV Hard Drive Calculator.  The last thing you want to do is fall short on this one requirement and either get fined or worse lose your license.  It has been way too long of a wait to be able to grow and cultivate marijuana.

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