CCTV User Group News


Tom Reeve joins the team as Chief Communications Officer

September 23, 2020

The CCTV User Group is delighted to welcome Tom Reeve to the team as our new Chief Communications Officer. In this newly-created role, Tom will be responsible for coordinating communications with Members and non-Members, to deliver member services, increase the group’s profile and build membership.

Ilker's been busy (as always)

March 09, 2020

The CCTV User Group NASCAM is currently working with the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) initiative with the ICO, SCC, CPNI, DSTL and others in developing a standardised Service Level Agreement between Local Authorities and Police Forces nationally.


A number of key issues are being discussed that will be of great interest to CCTV Managers including vetting for CCTV Operators (where Airwave radio and Police ANPR is utilised in CCTV Control Centres) and procedures for reviewing/downloading, retaining and the use of CCTV evidence (including those derived from domestic CCTV (video doorbells), bodycams and other mobile devices) throughout the criminal justice system from CCTV camera to display in court.


It is becoming apparent that the Police generally are not resourcing their organisations to deal with the increasing amount of video evidence that is becoming available (particularly with regard to ASB and low-level criminal incidents) and have no plan for dealing with advances in technology or the exponential growth in the volume of video evidence that will need to be dealt with over the next five years.


There is also an issue regarding the issues around transcoding video for review that we are actively discussing with industry professionals and manufacturers.


It is the position of the CCTV User Group & NASCAM that the Home Office and/or NPSS in conjunction with the Criminal Justice System should undertake a research project to identify emerging technologies and to estimate the volume of data that will need to be processed so that a case for adequate resourcing can be made.

Say 'hi' to our new CCTV User Group logo

December 09, 2019

In some ways, it's a little sad to see the old orange triangle disappear but times move on and the old one is pretty near impossible to use as it is so old and low resolution.


Our new logo has been created by a really talented graphics artist who was given the brief to reimagine the classic orange triangle logo, which we have all come to love over the years, to be digitally fit for the 21st century. The old version was very low-res and was likely created using Microsoft Paint (as that was what most people used back in the mid-1990s). It desperately needed a 2019 refresh for use across all of our digital platforms and this new modern blue version is, we think, an absolute stunner, fit for another 20 years! 


If you would like to use it in your email signatures or on your websites etc., as a Member, you are permitted, even encouraged to do so. It can be downloaded in the Members File Share area on the website.  

Welcome to our newest business Member - 'Kinesense'

December 09, 2019

Kinesense develops tools that help the security and surveillance market manage digital evidence quickly, easily, and securely.

The global growth in CCTV surveillance means video evidence is increasingly important in investigating crimes and prosecuting criminals. But this growth also brings an increased strain on investigators’ resources. Kinesense makes products that reduce the time and effort it takes to retrieve, view, analyze and report on this evidence.

See more by clicking the link button.

NASCAM Meets NPCC CCTV lead @ the NCA

September 09, 2019

Too many acronyms for one heading so I'll explain!

Ilker and I met Sharon Colley, the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) CCTV leads' National Capabilities Manager at the National Crime Agency (NCA) in London on Monday this week (23/09/19) to discuss ACC Jenny Gilmer's project priorities.

After a successful meeting, Sharon invited the CCTV User Group & NASCAM to join the National CCTV Working Group and of course, as we always have our Member's interests at heart, we gladly accepted. This is going to be an interesting group in which to participate as they have 4 key strands to the work they are doing

Save the date - '2020 Vision' - June 1st to 3rd 2020

December 01, 2019

We have just announced our next annual event. Our Member Conference and Exhibition will be focusing on the future of surveillance into the 2020's will be on June 1st to 3rd 2020. Once again, you should not miss this event. Early registration is now open. Click the button below to continue.

Our Next Member's Event

We're currently working on our next members Conference and Exhibition event. Watch this space for news in the near future. If there's something you'd like to see there, let us know using our 'Contact Us' form (see button below)

Upcoming CCTV User Group & NASCAM Conference and Exhibition - May 13th to 15th 2019

Showcasing the very latest innovations and technology, this event is the finest the UK has to offer and with stimulating keynote speakers and compelling presentations from some of the best in the UK security industry.

Make sure you're there!

Guidance launched for in-house monitoring centres

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has launched guidance for in-house monitoring centres in partnership with NASCAM.

Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC), has published dual branded in-house monitoring guidance in partnership with the National Association of Surveillance Camera Managers (NASCAM).

This guidance is for in-house monitoring centres that monitor their own surveillance camera systems only, and do not have contracts to monitor third-party surveillance camera systems. It sets out the minimum requirements that in-house monitoring centres should consider to secure, manage and operate a public space CCTV scheme. It will also aid in-house monitoring centres to meet the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, and gives higher requirements for in-house monitoring centres that wish to meet standards that are applicable to third-party monitoring centres.

The Changing Face of Surveillance event back at the start of September was said to be one of the best so far

The Changing Face of Surveillance event back at the start of September was well attended and, according to the feedback. It was a great success and one of the best User Group events so far (according to comments on the feedback sheets collected). We have now started working on the next event, to be held on May 13th to 15th 2019.

"WInning for Charity" - Conference event

The feedback sheets are all collated and the Las Vegas Casino Night event was a huge success according to many of our delegates. The delegate with the most winnings at the end of the evening was Tony Gleeson from Bournemouth who 'worked' very hard to win a donation of £500 for his chosen good cause which was the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Well done to everyone who also worked hard to win for their charity

We're planning our annual conference (to be held on 3rd - 5th September 2018) at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, Northants. We're sure that delegates will be excited to hear about the plans we're making for this event. An event flyer and booking system will be online in the next few days.


Of course, there will be a keynote presentation from SCC Tony Porter,  top UK industry regulators like the ICO and we hope to have Cyber Essentials there to assist you with all your questions, industry experts & our cherished exhibitors, together with a few surprises.  Keep an eye out for our Conference 2018 flyer due to be in your email Inbox soon!

Obscuration of personal data (faces) trial

We are about to participate in a software trial to test a new application that, it is claimed, can analyse video image data and obscure personal identifiable information. If this is what it claims to be, we can see huge potential for it in the Public Space CCTV sector. Keep an eye on this website for future updates.

Image Copyright: Ryan Schmitz - The Digital Photography Hobbyist

Academia Calls!

We are keen to engage with academia to better understand the use of surveillance within the Public Space environment and how to demonstrate that it is effective at helping to create safer communities and is therefore worthy of continued development & funding. 


As such, we have agreed to participate in an Exeter University bid for EU funding to study why the public intervenes or walks away when presented with an on-street crime or "violence against the person" type incident. We will keep you informed how this progresses. if you are keen to be part of this research, please get in touch here

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