Published on 23 October, 2006
IndigoVision's IP Video technology is providing a unique re-deployable CCTV system for Swindon town centre. The system is operated by the Swindon Town Centre Management Team, which assists the police and other partners in reducing anti-social behaviour, shop theft and other criminal activity. Like many towns, their previous CCTV system did not provide surveillance of the more remote areas to which crime often migrated in order to avoid the cameras - a problem that the Swindon Team were keen to solve.
Under the Swindon Crime Reduction Initiative Partnership (SCRIP), ATEC Security, IndigoVision's local partner, worked closely with the Swindon Team to assess the most effective way to carry out remote surveillance of key locations without incurring the costs or limitations associated with traditional fixed analogue town centre CCTV systems. The solution was to develop a re-deployable CCTV camera system using IndigoVision's ‘Control Center' software and wireless IP Video technology to provide remote surveillance and to gather evidential standard CCTV images.
Bernie Maguire, from SCRIP said, "ATEC and IndigoVision provided a truly innovative solution. They took the time to understand our needs and designed a system that was not only 50% cheaper to acquire, but one that will save us 50% per year in ongoing revenue costs compared with a traditional CCTV solution."
‘Control Center', IndigoVision's enterprise video and alarm management software allows simultaneous viewing and recording of images from any of the re-deployable cameras. Recording is achieved on an IndigoVision 1.5TB RAID 5 Networked Video Recorder (NVR). Video from the strategically deployed cameras is transmitted wirelessly via line-of-site and a number of relay base stations, back to the control room. This allows the cameras to be re-deployed between base stations without re-configuration.
The vandal-proof camera housings were developed especially for this project and contain a Metal Mickey® camera, an IndigoVision 8000 unit, wireless transmitter and power supply and an optional heavy duty rechargeable battery so the cameras can be deployed in locations without local power supplies. The 8000 units convert the camera signal to DVD quality, high-resolution digital video for transmission over the wireless network.
IndigoVision's advanced compression technology ensures that the control room staff can view CCTV images that are indistinguishable from analogue while minimising bandwidth on the wireless network.
The unique approach adopted by ATEC was recognised at the IFSEC 2006 Awards where it was one of the finalists in the "Most Innovative Security Project" category.