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Networked Neighbourhood Watch: Axis video servers enable Shoreditch community TV
Residents can subscribe to ‘Shoreditch TV' for access to cameras covering the area around where they live and community programming, as well as for digital TV, radio, broadband internet and PC applications through their own television

Axis Communications were selected as part of an innovative home digital television service

Video servers from the global leader in network video Axis Communications were selected as part of an innovative home digital television service called Digital Bridge, which was officially launched in Shoreditch this week.

Video streams gathered from analogue-based Pan Tilt Zoom dome cameras are being routed into Axis 241S Video Servers by leading Axis solution partner CNL (Computer Network Limited). CNL has also enabled video images from the Axis video servers to be routed to the Hackney camera control room where they can now be managed by CNL's IPSecurityCenter software.

CNL's software will enable control centre operatives to take full command of the CCTV cameras and re-direct feeds as necessary. Video images can then travel onto a possible 22,000 Shoreditch residents once they have subscribed to the new Shoreditch community TV service via their Home Choice digital TV set top boxes.

According to James Condron, sales and marketing manager at CNL, overcoming the technical challenges to ensure privacy and data protection compliance were key to the solution developed: "Some to the problems we had to solve, such as camera masking and linking to TV technology, would not have been possible without the Axis ADP (Application Development Partner) Program. This enabled us to integrate deeply with the Axis products to support our contribution to this innovative and important community project."

The Digital Bridge system was officially launched in Shoreditch on Monday 8th May by Jim Fitzpatrick, Minister for London and Neighbourhood Renewal, as part of a £12 million pilot project to tackle ‘digital exclusion' amongst lower income earners. Residents can subscribe to ‘Shoreditch TV' for access to cameras covering the area around where they live and community programming, as well as for digital TV, radio, broadband

Community programming features crime prevention, investigation updates and allows local police to break into regular TV programming and make real-time ‘Incident Alerts', to appeal for information

Project is funded by the Office of Deputy Prime Minister

internet and PC applications through their own television. Community programming features crime prevention, investigation updates and allows local police to break into regular TV programming and make real-time ‘Incident Alerts', to appeal for information.

Digital Bridge will complete its rollout to Shoreditch residents during this summer. Stage two starts in the autumn - extending the system to 70,000 households across the whole Borough of Hackney. In 2007 the system will expand across London and will launch in several local authorities in the Midlands and North West. Up to 250 cameras are planned to be hooked into the service by the end of the year and this figure could expand to some 400 cameras longer-term.

The main aims of Digital Bridge, a social enterprise owned by Shoreditch Trust, are to improve community engagement and break down barriers between the emergency services and the community through the use of digital services. The project is funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, European Regional Development Fund and private sector partners.

Digital Bridge chief executive James Morris, explains how Shoreditch community TV is going to work:

"If residents are at home watching the live stream and they spot something they immediately call the police station. Relevant images are then linked into the CCTV control room, which will then take control of that camera and zoom in on the incident and record. And, of course, police will then be sent out."

Steve Gorski, managing director for Axis Communications UK Ltd commented: "Digital Bridge is a very exciting development and we are pleased that Axis technology is playing such an integral role in the creation of this

Digital Bridge, a social enterprise owned by Shoreditch Trust, are to improve community engagement and break down barriers between the emergency services and the community through the use of digital services

Video images can travel onto a possible 22,000 Shoreditch residents

community safety initiative which should act as a model for other authorities across the UK. We believe that a growing number of households want to be able to monitor their local community and that integrating feeds from established CCTV cameras and new network cameras, into TVs is a great method for delivery."


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