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How to buy video surveillance equipment (eBook)

Download this Police1 video surveillance equipment buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation


It might be time for your agency to install or upgrade one or more video surveillance cameras, either to start, expand or modernize your program, or to become compliant with the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

If you are not familiar with the NDAA’s requisite legislation, it bans the purchase and use of certain video surveillance cameras manufactured in China and requires all federal government agencies, contractors and critical infrastructure to immediately remove, or have a plan to remove these cameras by August 13, 2020. Local agencies should take note of the NDAA as well, especially if you interface with any federal agencies.

Today you have hundreds of choices: overt or covert units; visible or infrared with manual or automated exposure controls; motion warnings; hard-wired, Wi-Fi and cellular open or encrypted communications; facial recognition powered by machine learning; and even “eyes in the sky” with UAS (drones) or manned aircraft systems.

This Police1 guide to buying video surveillance – whether you are leading a purchase for the first time or looking to upgrade your department’s video surveillance equipment – is a starting point for your purchasing process.

Included in this guide:

  • Key considerations before purchasing video surveillance equipment
  • Top implementation considerations
  • Questions to ask video surveillance equipment vendors

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