Video Surveillance: The Pros and Cons of UL 2802

The new standard for security camera image quality can be a valuable tool if used in the way intended

An excellent guidance document is available that provides a design process to develop performance requirements for real-life situations. The 2013 edition of the Digital Video Quality Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, can be downloaded at This excellent work received significant contribution from the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the Video Quality in Public Safety Working Group of the Homeland Security Office for Interoperability and Compatibility.

Using this kind of sound design process to develop detailed requirements provides a needed context for evaluating UL 2802 product test results, as well as for evaluating all of the other camera performance factors that can make or break a security video deployment.


Ray Bernard, PSP, CHS-III is the principal consultant for Ray Bernard Consulting Services (RBCS) at, a firm that provides security management and technology support for public and private facilities. For more information about Mr. Bernard and RBCS, go to or call 949-831-6788. Mr. Bernard is also a member of the Content Expert Faculty of the Security Executive Council ( Follow Ray on Twitter: @RayBernardRBCS