Two councils from opposite ends of the UK are drawing up plans to revamp their CCTV infrastructure in the city centre – by making it smarter. Bristol in the south west of England and Perth in central Scotland are both looking to beef up their urban security by integrating new sophisticated software into their surveillance systems.
While Bristol has already given the green light to invest £2 million into upgrading their current CCTV network, Perth is still at the drawing board stage. However, it’s expected that both councils will press ahead with plans in the coming years and revolutionise their security systems, offering added safety to both residents and visitors alike.
Increased connectivity in the West Country
After opening a new operations centre in October of this year, Bristol already boasted one of the most interconnected CCTV systems in the country. By monitoring collisions and weather incidents, the authorities can manipulate traffic lights and pinpoint the fastest route to the scene of an accident for the emergency services.
Now, however, the City Council wants to modernise that system even further by upgrading all of its 1,700 CCTV cameras from analogue to digital. This would allow those monitoring the footage to zoom in, scroll and track events as they unfold, with the potential to integrate a speaker system in order to dispense advice to those on the scene.
The Council is also looking at using some of the £2 million budgets to implement measures such as “smart bins” (which alert waste disposal companies when they are full) and pollution sensors on park benches and the suchlike.
Smarter CCTV north of the border
The Bristolian plans have already been approved by the City Council and are expected to undergo development over the next few years. Meanwhile up in Scotland, Perth city centre could be enjoying a similar refurbishment of its own surveillance systems.
Councilors have earmarked £265,000 from the Smart Cities Programme to modernise the city centre cameras, and the money would go towards implementing scrolling and tracking technology in the existing CCTV system. If successful, it could allow the authorities to keep a closer eye on large gatherings, track suspects’ movements around town and ease traffic build-up by more efficiently locating accidents and break-downs.
“The next generation of digital CCTV has the potential to revolutionise how our city centre can be made safer,” explained Peter Barrett, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the region. “Having a shared operation with the police will deliver efficiencies, but the real benefits will be realised through the software.”
Security begins at home
While the plans for enhanced urban CCTV coverage will no doubt benefit citizens and visitors when out and about in town, it shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for adequate security measures in and around your own home or business. A state-of-the-art security system is the number one deterrent for domestic and commercial crime; make sure your property is properly protected.
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