Bureau of Cannabis Control Regular Regulations - § 5044. Video Surveillance System

Camio Box provides a simple and reliable way to comply with California § 5044. Video Surveillance System.

Excerpts from https://www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/cannabis_text.pdf are pasted below with comments on ways Camio enables cost-effective compliance. Also, this article provides partially complete answers to the required description of the video surveillance system.


(a) Each licensed premises shall have a digital video surveillance system with a minimum camera resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels.

Camio supports any resolution or video. 720p is the current minimum required by law, but if that ever changes, there is no impact on operations.

(g) Cameras shall record continuously 24 hours per day and at a minimum of 15 frames per second (FPS).

Camio provides continuous, tamper-proof, off-site recording with unlimited storage, no disc maintenance, and multi-regional redundant cloud storage.

Since the intent of this regulation is to provide a perfect record of all activity on the premise, Camio is committed to working with regulatory inspectors to explain the compliance advantages and efficiencies in using Camio Interest Based Video Compression. Notice the transition from low resolution timelapse video to HD recording as soon as there is any significant movement. Advances in Computer Vision and Machine Learning enable the video to switch to HD immediately as the people enter the scene:

(h) The physical media or storage device on which surveillance recordings are stored shall be secured in a manner to protect the recording from tampering or theft.

Camio encrypts the video both in transit to the cloud and at rest in multi-regional storage. The authenticity of each video is guaranteed with a SHA checksum.

(i) Surveillance recordings shall be kept for a minimum of 90 calendar days.

Camio supports not only 90-day storage but any arbitrary retention period required for each camera.

(j) Surveillance recordings are subject to inspection by the Bureau, and shall be kept in a manner that allows the Bureau to view and obtain copies of the recordings at the licensed premises immediately upon request. The licensee shall also send or otherwise provide copies of the recordings to the Bureau upon request within the time specified by the Bureau.

Camio enables instant, selective sharing via link. This is an example showing that anyone with this link can view only the one-hour period between 9am and 10am Pacific time on October 23, 2018:

Access to shared links can also be revoked instantly.

(k) Recorded images shall clearly and accurately display the time and date. Time is to be measured in accordance with the standards issued by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology standards.

Camio records server-controlled UTC timestamps with a tamper-proof audit log at multiple points in the storage process. Even if on-premise camera clocks drift or have the wrong timezone, the cloud recordings include verifiably accurate timestamps.

(l) The video surveillance system shall be equipped with a failure notification system that provides notification to the licensee of any interruption or failure of the video surveillance system or video surveillance-system storage device.

Camio sends email alerts when any camera goes offline.

(m) If multiple licensed premises are contained within the same building, a single video surveillance system covering the entire building may be used by all of the licensees under the following conditions:

(1) Each applicant or licensee shall disclose on their premises diagram where the surveillance recordings are stored.

Camio supports labeling cameras with their precise geographic location of each camera, which can be viewed on a map as well.

(2) Each applicant or licensee shall include in their security operating procedures, submitted with the application pursuant to section 5002(c)(29)(D) of this division, an explanation of how the video surveillance system will be shared, including who is responsible for monitoring the video footage and storing any video recordings.

Camio supports the addition of Guests with permission to either view or manage the account.

(3) All licensees shall have immediate access to the surveillance recordings to produce them pursuant to subsection (j)(i) of this section.

Both Guests and those with shared links have instant access to the shared video history.

(4) All licensees shall be held responsible and subject to discipline for any violations of the video surveillance requirements.

Camio sends camera diagnostic email alerts and daily video summaries to eliminate or reduce the chances of violations.

Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26070, Business and Professions Code.

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