The Electronic Security Association's (ESA) Video Surveillance Technology Interest Group (VSTIG) will be hosting a very important meeting Wed., June 16,9:45-11:15AM at ESX 2010 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA. The VSTIG Meeting will focus on government relations opportunities and threats of keen interest to video surveillance installation and supplier companies including:

  • Video Surveillance Mandates. ESA is unveiling a case study report on the successful implementation of video surveillance mandates in shopping center parking lots in Baltimore County, Maryland. Passed two years ago with support of local law enforcement authorities and now yielding substantial public safety results, the Baltimore County ordinance could serve as a model for other market-stimulating local ordinances in other geographies and other application areas. In addition to facts of the case, we will discuss how ESA and its chapter structure can work together to promulgate similar ordinances across the country and in other markets.
  • U.S. Senate Bill 3214 Monitoring. Earlier this spring, Pennsylvania Senator, Arlen Specter, introduced a bill intended limit video surveillance "without notification" that could, if enacted, outlaw several common covert surveillance applications and wide variety of residential applications for video surveillance. We'll provide an overview of the bill and discuss the formation of a working group to monitor the progress of the legislation and organize for action as necessary.
  • Tapping Grants for Municipal Surveillance. Over the last several years, substantial funding has been made available to cities and towns for installation of video surveillance systems in crime-prone public areas. Security integrators have an opportunity to tap into these funds for system design and installation work. We'll provide an overview of the grants and discuss options for providing additional information and education to integrators.

All ESA regular and associate members and non-member guests are welcome to attend the meeting, but RSVP is required. Please reply to ESA  Business Development Specialist, Jaclyn Sion, at JaclynS@alarm.org to let her know if you will attend or are interested in additional information on these topics as it becomes available.