Innovative public safety project launched

An innovative community safety scheme, which will distribute video from nearly 400 CCTV cameras in the city to hand held devices, has been launched.

Apr 19, 2007
By David Howell

An innovative community safety scheme, which will distribute video from nearly 400 CCTV cameras in the city to hand held devices, has been launched.

Essential Viewing is providing the technology behind the scheme. Glasgow City Council has launched Glasgow Community Safety Services, which will enable police and security personnel to obtain live images from 390 CCTV cameras and additional mobile cameras via a control room at Blochairn, on the city’s north side.

The aim is to tackle anti-social behaviour by providing instant images transmitted using Essential Viewing’s video encoding technology direct to hand-held devices.

The project has been managed by Systems Integrators RACAM Security & Communications, who chose Essential Viewing’s product, EssentialVision, which enables high-quality video images to be transmitted at low power and low cost, for example by conventional mobile GPRS and 3G networks.

The deal is an important one for Essential Viewing who are based at Hillington Park Innovation Centre and have won recent contracts across the UK.

“The Glasgow project is a perfect example of what our technology can do, delivering really high-quality images across mobile networks,” commented Les Gaw, Director at Essential Viewing.

“We are attracting significant attention from systems integrators and project managers given the task of co-ordinating large-scale safety and security operations where the live availability of video and still images is a key element of the project.

“These include road safety, community safety and policing operations.”

Brian Maguire, director of RACAM, said: “We were delighted to win this contract from Glasgow City Council, and it is very pleasing that we were able to use another locally-based business, Essential Viewing, which has developed a state-of-the-art system.

“The Glasgow project is a very exciting one, with real results in the form of a means of tackling anti-social behaviour on the streets of Glasgow, and the real possibility of reducing that problem.”

The radical partnership between Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde is the first of its kind in the UK, and brings together 500 staff and £25m of assets, which will be directed towards the city’s campaign against anti-social behaviour.

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