Asleep on the Job
Modern electronic equipment is ultra-reliable, and normally does what it's meant to do. So, it seems shocking that the ICO sees the need to issue guidelines outlining that CCTV systems should produce information of a suitable quality to meet the purpose for which it was installed, and asks the following:
• Does your recording system produce good, clear, quality information?
• Will the quality of the information be maintained throughout the recording process?
• Have you considered the compression settings for recording material? In a digital system, a high level of compression will result in lower picture quality on playback.
• Have you set up the recording medium in such a way that information cannot be inadvertently corrupted?
• Is there a regular check that the date and time stamp recorded on images is accurate? (For example, when the UK switches between summer and winter time.)
• Has a regular maintenance regime been set up to ensure that the system continues to produce high-quality information?
• Have you ensured that your wireless transmission system is suitably secure, if one is used? If necessary, do you have the ability to encrypt information?
Cloudview does all this automatically, and quickly lets you know if something has gone awry – so you don't have to keep checking that your CCTV system is awake.