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BS EN 50132

European Standard for CCTV Systems

The purpose of this standard is to provide guidance to ensure that closed circuit television (CCTV) systems, functions and their performances are fully met.

This standard will prove useful to those responsible for establishing operational requirements, writing specifications, selecting, installing, commissioning, using and maintaining a CCTV System.

Closed circuit television, in its simplest form, is a means of providing images from a television camera for viewing on a monitor via a private transmission system. There is no theoretical limit to the number of cameras and monitors which may be used in CCTV surveillance installation but in practice, this will be limited by the efficient combination of control and display equipment and the operator’s ability to manage the system.

The successful operation of a CCTV system requires the active co-operation of the user in carrying out the recommended procedures.


This standard gives recommendations for the selection, planning and installation of closed-circuit television systems comprising of the camera (s) with monitor (s) and/or video recorder (s), switching, control and ancillary equipment for use in security applications.

The objectives of this standard are:

  1. To provide a framework to assist customers, installers and users in establishing their requirements;
  2. To assist specifiers and users in determining the appropriate equipment required for a given application;
  3. To provide means of evaluating objectively the performance of an installed system.

(Please refer to BSI Website)