Redvision cameras help protect St Helier, Jersey.
A new Redvision CCTV system has been installed to ensure public
safety and for law enforcement purposes, with special consideration
given to the pub and club areas of the town at night. It replaces the
old CCTV system installed in 1995.
St Helier is a coastal town, so the cameras used had to withstand
harsh environmental conditions. They also had to provide outstanding and
effective night time operation in low light conditions.
Ian Robins, Communication Infra-Structure Manager, IT, of the States
of Jersey Police was responsible for designing and managing the
installation of the new CCTV system. Ian commented, “Robust cameras with
exceptional image quality, night time sensitivity, and intuitive
operator control are essential. After extensive testing of a number of
manufacturers’ products, Redvision’s X SERIES IP rugged dome cameras
came out top and are best suited to our needs.”
As owner of the CCTV system, the States of Jersey Police has set it
up to meet operational and data collection needs. Video data is readily
available, simple to retrieve and presented in the most appropriate
format for operator viewing.
Ian and his team specified that all the CCTV cameras in the system
must have low light capability for effective night time operation. Ian
explains, “It was important that the cameras had a wiper to remove water
and dirt from their field of view, especially as the cameras are
subjected to harsh, coastal conditions. The PTZ dome cameras from
Redvision met this criteria and came highly recommended by managers of
other UK town centre and local authority CCTV schemes. All the cameras
used in the system are RV30’s, with a 2MP, 1080p sensor and record at 25
frames per second. They feature ultra-efficient LED lighting, which
provides IR light for covert video and white light as an overt
deterrent. A ‘dark-zone’ feature also suppresses white light in
pre-defined zones to prevent nuisance or hazardous operation, such as
The costs of running the cameras at night are low due to the LED’s
efficiency and the cameras’ excellent green credentials. In total, 23
RV30-1080 new cameras have been installed, which cover two square miles
of St Helier. Three are positioned at the harbour, three at the airport
and the remaining ones have been placed around the town. Ian said, “Each
camera has a white marine finish, regardless of its location, allowing
us the flexibility to swap out cameras or move them from one location to
another in just 20 minutes, if needed. They all connect via a network
with a fibre optic back-bone, for high speed video data transmission,
and are recorded for 90 days.”
The Redvision camera’s appearance was important. A rugged and
functional, rather than futuristic look was required, to remain in
keeping with the town. They had to be able to look over the horizontal,
in pedestal mount, to avoid scene clipping.
The system is controlled by a Milestone VMS on a single server, which
is located at a central police monitoring station at Castle Quay. There
are no video analytics included, due to privacy issues, however, the
system is monitored 24/7 by highly trained operators. The operators have
a desk top system combined with a large NEC hyper-wall, so they can
display video to a large number of police when required. Each individual
camera operates at Full HD, 1080p, 25 FPS generating large video files
stored in a 90 Terra-Byte, NAS data system.
The States of Jersey Police installed the Redvision cameras and
system downtime had to be kept to a minimum and managed so that no area
was left unprotected. Using just a team of three people, the police were
able to install and set up each Redvision camera in four hours.
Ian Robins added, “The entire system replacement took a total of just
ten days. This meant we were operational with an entirely new system
incredibly quickly. One of the reasons our operators liked the Redvision
cameras is because the control system is so intuitive and contains no
joy-stick latency. The system was not only up and running after ten
days, but the operators were immediately able to concentrate on the
images, instead of the controls. St Helier was well-protected throughout
the entire operation.”
System reliability is an absolute priority for the States of Jersey
Police. The Redvision RV30 cameras came with a full five year warranty
upgrade and exceptional levels of manufacturer support. The control
system firmware can be upgraded immediately, as and when enhancements
become available, ensuring the system remains current at all times.
The States of Jersey Police is highly satisfied with the new system,
the efficient installation and high-quality performance. Anyone visiting
St Helier can rest assured they are well-protected.
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