This information below discusses the licensing requirements of North Carolina and their implications for the installation of network-based cameras.
The recent surge in the popularity of network-based (or “IP-based”) cameras has brought the entry of many manufacturers and vendors into the security systems installation business. Low-voltage system installers who had previously provided only intercom, telecommunications, structured cabling, or multimedia installation are now offering to install video surveillance equipment and systems that interface directly with LAN, WAN, or Internet services. In some cases, the video surveillance systems are being offered for sale, complete with premises installation, by the manufacturer or application developer directly to customers and end-users.
Security Management Consulting (SMC) often finds that these vendors are not properly licensed to conduct these types of services or to sell (or offer to sell) these products directly to end-users. Nearly every State has business or professional licensing requirements for alarm systems and security services. While the specific requirements vary, the intention of these licensing requirements is to protect the safety of the public and to ensure at least minimal competence on the part of the installer. For the purposes of this paper, we will examine in detail the licensing requirements of North Carolina and their implications for the installation of network-based cameras. We will also discuss the possible results for an end-user who purchases equipment or services from an unlicensed vendor.