Video Surveillance Systems

Video Surveillance Systems (VSS) have had a profound impact on crime prevention and detection, and is never out of the news for long. The UK leads the way in the application of VSS and its use is wide-ranging, encompassing facial-recognition technology, remote video monitoring, video smoke detection, mobile systems and Automatic Number Plate Recognition as well as many other functions.

In order to provide guidance and simplification in the complex area of VSS, the BSIA is very active in the European standards arena and also develops its own guides and codes of practice where currently standards do not exist. It is essential that satisfactory standards are in place to cover the installation, maintenance and operation of equipment. Rapid technological development renders this complex, with a need for standards work to be timely.

Significant improvements have been made in recent years in terms of image quality and the sector is moving towards digital and networked systems as technology progresses. The section encourages debate on new developments and concerns, such as digital video evidence and facilitating communication protocols between different manufacturers’ products. In doing so it seeks to ensure that all stakeholder interests are represented including: security companies, users, the Police, inspectorates and insurers. The section also works with Government on these issues.

VSS must be operated responsibly in order to respect citizens’ rights and maintain public confidence. Laws such as the Data Protection Act have an important role to play in achieving this. BSIA VSS section member companies drive best practice in this area and can provide advice on how VSS users can adhere to the relevant legislation.

Benjamin Linklater Chairman VSS
Chairman: Benjamin Linklater

Benjamin is Chairman of the BSIA’s Video Surveillance Systems Section and Sales Director at Optex.

Contact Benjamin


Latest News on ECS

The Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) industry has introduced a new Occupational Qualification Structure leading to Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Card recognition, aimed at promoting high standards and skills. Read more

View our work on artificial intelligence and automated facial recognition

This page includes useful links, our guide on AFR's legal and ethical use, Pauline Norstrom's presentation to CoESS, and more.

Read more here

Join the section

If you fit the criteria to join the Video Surveillance Systems section, fill in this short form and we will be in touch.

Enquire today
Criteria for joining

If you're thinking of joining the BSIA's Video Surveillance Systems Section? Find out what criteria you will need.

Find out more
Special Interest Groups

The BSIA organises working groups around topics such as cybersecurity, health & safety and human resources.

Find out more

We produce a wide range of guidance for buyers and users of Video Surveillance Systems solutions, as well as industry practitioners.

Visit our guidance
Case studies

Find out how BSIA members have successfully delivered Video Surveillance Systems solutions to a range of customers.

View our case studies
Awarding Security Personnel

The British Security Awards is the BSIA's major event held every July in London.
Nominations are now open.

Visit our awards microsite
Our Video Surveillance Systems members

View the full list of our members for this section.

View members



British Security Industry Association

Anbrian House (First Floor)

1 The Tything



Thank you for signing up

Please tick this box if you'd like to receive information by email about BSIA products and services. By submitting this form you confirm that you have read our privacy notice and terms of use.

Sign-up to our exclusive monthly newsletter, BSIA Connect, providing you with the latest news from the BSIA, industry updates, upcoming events and standards developments.

Colossus Systems

powered by Colossus Systems Ltd. © 2022
All Rights Reserved. CRM