Birmingham City Council
In a bid to reduce and protect against crime in the city’s car parks, Birmingham City Council (BCC) embarked on a project to upgrade a number of parking facilities. Previously having no surveillance other than manned patrols, car parks including Moat Lane, Pershore Street and Livery Street were identified by BCC as being in need of security upgrades.
First on the agenda for ATEC was to install a brand new cable containment infrastructure throughout each car park. These included a variety of links, from high bandwidth wireless ethernet links (54Mbps) to further 150Mbps links connected to Lancaster Circus. High quality real-time (25 frames per second) images are transmitted to the Lancaster Circus control room where they are monitored live by BCC’s experienced CCTV operators.
ATEC installed high resolution CCTV cameras to the car parks, ranging from static vandal resistantunits in stairwells to fully functional dome cameras to monitor the parking decks.
These are connected to rack-mounted IndigoVision IP transmitters, which encode the images into IP streams for transmission and recording.
The images are recorded in secure locations in the car parks at 6.25 images per second and retained for 31 days.
ATEC also installed help points into every entrance and exit of each car park. If a help point is activated, the best placed CCTV unit will automatically locate and focus on the area, recording the activation. All help point intercom communications are also recorded. ATEC provided live monitoring and review facilities at Lancaster Circus using IndigoVision’s Control Center software.
The wireless network supports the review of images from multiple cameras and car parks simultaneously, as well as the downloading of evidential quality footage. ATEC produced detailed maps of the car parks, enabling operators to navigate between cameras efficiently.
IIt is reassuring to know that ATEC provides such a high level of after sales service. If there are any problems their expert engineers are on the scene quickly to resolve any issue. Cost-efficiency wise, it’s great to have the CCTV systems from all of our locations, centrally monitored and maintained by specialists.”