FCC Orders Security Camera Firm to Halt Wireless-System Sales

Transmissions interfered with Federal Aviation Administration’s Doppler weather radar
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The Federal Communication Commission has ordered a New York-based security camera company to halt selling wireless camera surveillance systems because those systems do not comply with FCC’s regulations preventing wireless systems’ transmissions from interfering with other systems.
On Jan. 17, 2013, the FCC issued a “citation and order” directing the company Security-Cameras-CCTV.com—located in Levittown, N.Y.—to halt selling “unauthorized wireless camera surveillance systems” that have not received FCC certification for use in the United States.
In addition to wireless security cameras, Security-Cameras-CCTV.com sells CCTV, security cameras, wireless camera, security camera systems, surveillance cameras, and spy and Internet protocol camera systems.
The FCC says on Nov. 29, 2011 agents from its Enforcement Bureau found that a wireless camera surveillance system deployed at a storage facility in Henderson, Nev. was interfering with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Doppler weather radar in Las Vegas.
“The [FCC] agents inspected the 5.8 gigahertz wireless video transmitter and observed that it contained neither an FCC identification number, nor the name of a manufacturer,” the commission order says. “The contractor who installed the system reported to the agents that he purchased the device from CCTV’s on-line store on May 23, 2011 and provided the agents a copy of the invoice confirming purchase of the device from CCTV.”
Federal law requires radio frequency devices be certified as meeting FCC’s technical standards before those devices can be sold in the United States. The wireless camera systems sold by CCTV are required “to be approved through the [FCC’s] equipment certification procedures,” the order says.
CCTV violated FCC rules “by selling the 5.8 gigahertz wireless video transmitter in the United States without prior Commission authorization,” the order says. “CCTV should take immediate steps to come into compliance [with FCC regulations] to avoid any recurrence of this misconduct, including such actions as removing unauthorized wireless camera surveillance systems from CCTV’s on-line store and declining to sell unauthorized wireless camera surveillance systems in the United States.”
If CCTV continues selling unauthorized wireless security cameras the company can be fined up to $16,000 for each day violations continue to occur up to $112,500, the order says.

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