CCTV Receiving Centres

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In order to monitor CCTV images originating in the Republic of Ireland, an ARC is required to hold a Private Security Authority (PSA) license. This applies equally to ARC’s located outside Ireland which monitor CCTV images from Ireland. The Garda Siochana (Irish Police force) will request details of PSA licensing prior to approving a monitoring centre for Garda response.

Licensing commenced on 1st November 2014 with PSA 33:2014 being the standard mandated by the PSA for licensing. This standard includes the non-technical requirements for licensing (e.g. Tax Clearance, Insurance, Staff Selection etc.) and makes reference to the technical standards required. The standard is available free of charge from the PSA and EQA websites (link). The technical standards required for new entrants are EN 50518 and SR 45. ARC’s which were licensed prior to 31st October (licensed for Intruder Alarm Monitoring) may continue with certification to IS 228 in place of EN 50518. SR 45 is required for all CCTV monitoring centres.

EN 50518 is broken into 3 parts, however, all sections are interdependent, it is not possible to obtain certification to one part of EN 50518 independent of the other sections.

S.R.45:2013+A1:2014 (“Remote monitoring of CCTV Systems”) includes the requirements for CCTV installations for the purpose of monitoring, in addition to the requirements for CCTV receiving centres.

INFORMATION:Certificates are issued for 2 years subject to Annual Surveillance visits.