Axis Communications, the global leader in the network video market1 asks how many of the UK’s reported six million cameras in public spaces are managed as effectively and efficiently as they could be.
It is clear that video surveillance plays a key role in fighting crime and protecting public spaces. However, its role can be improved and better management will ensure the cameras capture quality footage of incidents that can be used to identify and apprehend offenders. CCTV regulation is also among the many issues that the Coalition Government has already set out to address.
Phil Doyle, regional director, Northern Europe, Axis Communications said: “In the main, public space surveillance cameras do the job they have been installed to do, but where there are issues with CCTV systems, it tends to be because there are too many cameras producing poor quality footage which is badly managed, and in some cases the cameras don’t even work.
“It’s very likely that the reference to large volumes of surveillance cameras delivering no, or bad, images, is impacted by the number of unused video devices or by those that were installed years ago and never really properly maintained – with users not knowing that they can achieve significantly better coverage.
“The time has come to cleanse the install base, ridding it of those cameras that are unused, unmaintained and unnecessary. Taking action will be a positive step to help roll back on what many perceive to be a ‘surveillance state’.”
It is important to remember that CCTV is used as a deterrent against crime as well as playing a role in the investigation of it. CCTV footage is regularly used in reconstructions, identifying offenders and making high profile calls for public support.
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Source: Industry Today.co.uk