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

Written By:
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

Written By:
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.

DVR Lockbox

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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