To: Head of Fire Departments
From: Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
Date: September 24, 1999
Re: Security Camera vs. Smoke Detector

This is to advise you that Panasonic Video Imaging Systems Company is marketing a video camera that has an astounding resemblance to a smoke detector. A key marketing promotion is the unobtrusive smoke detector housing design. This action has created a great concern for us in the fire service. If this becomes widely known, (security cameras as smoke detectors) we feel that the lives of people will be placed in jeopardy. Out of fear of being watched and the loss of privacy, it is possible that people will begin to cover over smoke detectors, endangering their lives. This is of great concern in hotels, dormitories, or other types of housing units. This concern is compounded by the airing of several news stories relative to people be watched unbeknownst to themselves and then seeing or hearing about it later on the news or the Internet.

See the attached product literature. If you have any questions please contact our office.

Photo of a Panasonic Closed Circuit Video device