CCTV to save cash?

By Richard Wright

Saturday, May 15, 2010


THE new generation of CCTV technology could be both a money-saver and money-maker for the Isle of Wight Council, a meeting was told.

Black-screen stealth software automatically hones in on people acting suspiciously, cutting the number of staff needed in the council’s new CCTV control room, the council’s scrutiny committee was told.

It was feared £180,000 a year would be needed to provide the staff needed to cope with extra cameras but community safety operations manager Simon Dennis said the technology would reduce the need for extra operators.

He added: "Cowes town centre is getting ten cameras and Shanklin five and the new high-definition system we have is future-proofed both in technology and the number of cameras we can have.

"We are looking at increasing revenue generation and that will enable us to increase staffing," he said.

Re-deployable cameras could be hired to town and parish councils that wanted cameras in problem areas and security services provided for organisations such as the Isle of Wight College.

• Recent statistics show CCTV operators helped in nearly one third of all arrests — 1,132 incidents in a year.


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