Lambeth council selects Redvision PTZ cameras for public safety CCTV
The CCTV system, watched by a team of highly trained operators,
enables an immediate and proportional response to crime and disorder. In
the riots of 2011, the Lambeth CCTV system helped secure a higher
conviction rate than the national average, and has subsequently become a
reference site for many other UK council-run CCTV systems.
Lambeth - putting public safety first.
“Lambeth is a densely populated inner city borough with a population
of over 300,000”, explains Kevin White, CCTV Development Manager. “The
council’s priority is public safety and we work with the police and
other agencies to prevent crime wherever possible, protect victims of
crime and increase the personal safety of Lambeth residents, businesses
and visitors. Trained operators spot suspicious activity and respond to
incidents immediately. We provide high-quality video evidence of
criminal activity and incidents for prosecution purposes and we support
police investigations when required.”
Lambeth’s security expertise.
Kevin White has operational responsibility for the CCTV system in
Lambeth, which is managed, day to day by Andrew Steel-Dodd of OCS Ltd.
Kevin has value-engineered the entire CCTV security process, from the
recruitment of operators to the selection of cameras - maximising system
sustainability and reducing total cost of ownership.
Kevin White has served on the London CCTV Managers Group as chairman,
a body that includes all 32 Local Authority run CCTV systems in the
capital. He is also a member of the Public CCTV Managers Association
(PCMA); responsible for a further 90 CCTV systems across the UK. He has
developed numerous documents for Best Practice in central monitoring
station operation and is consulted by ministers responsible for homeland
security. He is currently working on Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA),
balancing legal privacy law with effective surveillance. He represents
Lambeth Council as a committee member of the British Standards
Institute, working on the review of BS7958 The Operation and Management
of CCTV Control Rooms
Sustainability and TCO.
Kevin recognised that correct product selection is critical for
sustainability and reducing total cost of ownership. After extensive
field trials, where eight leading manufacturers’ PTZ cameras were
tested, Redvision’s X-SERIES™ rugged PTZ and dome cameras were the
preferred PTZ solution.
The X-SERIES™ proved to be affordable, reliable, well-supported by
the manufacturer and rugged. The build-quality is very high and all the
mechanical parts are robust and well-designed with features such as a
wiper. The cameras offered rapid pan, tilt and zoom functionality, which
operators found to be the most intuitive of those tested. The cameras
were easy to install, upgrade, replace, repair and service. This was
verified as the cost, frequency and duration of down-time during routine
and reactive maintenance and repair work were all considered in the
trials. The Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) figures for the X-SERIES™
were exceptional, at between 5 – 7 years. This was vitally important in
managing and budgeting for a servicing and replacement schedule, which
also minimised on-site failures.
Total cost of ownership and green credentials were important. The
X-SERIES™ had no hidden operational costs and power consumption was
minimal. Redvision’s use of ultra-efficient IR and white-light LED
illumination for night-time operation was a significant contributing
Redvision is based in the UK, so any support issues are handled quickly by the company’s technical team.
The importance of the operator.
Lambeth operators are as important as the equipment they use. They
are recruited as professional “CCTV operators not TV watchers.” They
have outstanding observational skills and are very resilient due to the
serious nature of some incidents. The operators are able to use the PTZ
cameras intuitively to gather evidence more effectively. Their local
knowledge is also critical in recognising street layouts, known
troublemakers and crime hotspots.
Paul Hucker, MD of Redvision added, “Our X-SERIES™ cameras
demonstrated their worth in stringent field trials and have earned their
place in Lambeth’s highly effective CCTV system. Redvision is proud to
play a pivotal role in such a high profile CCTV installation and one
which has become the blueprint for many local authority systems across
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