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Isle of Man urban regeneration area protected with Viseum Surveillance

Viseum : 25 January, 2010  (Application Story)
The Intelligent Moving Camera from Viseum is providing Douglas North Quay in the Isle of Man with protection against vandalism through multitasking PTZ surveillance technology
Isle of Man urban regeneration area protected with Viseum Surveillance
Isle of Man authority, Douglas Borough Council has turned to Viseum's
multitasking Intelligent Moving Camera (IMC) to help protect an important
conservation and urban regeneration area at North Quay in Douglas, the island's
capital and political centre. Douglas joins a growing number of local councils,
police forces and other law enforcement agencies turning to Viseum because of
its innovative and effective approach to traditional open space CCTV challenges.

Four Viseum IMCs are being individually mounted along the quayside, monitored
from a central control room, with digital recording capability at both the
camera and at the control room. The installation is under way now, with live
date for the new scheme planned for February.

Council Leader David Christian, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee,
said: 'With the regeneration of the North Quay, and the area rapidly becoming a
major entertainment and leisure zone for the capital, extending CCTV coverage to
the locality has become a priority. The Council fully supports the use of CCTV
as it helps protect the public, acts as a deterrent to antisocial behaviour and
footage can be used in Court to bring criminals to justice. We have also been
encouraged to learn that our partners, the police, have indicated they would be
in favour of monitoring the CCTV coverage 'live' at weekends. The latest
surveillance technology will be used, where one intelligent moving camera
delivers the performance of roughly 20 of the older CCTV units. Additionally,
subject to funding being available, the Council's Parks section will be looking
at installing a similar system in Noble's Park to reduce incidences of
vandalism.'

Ian Clague, Borough Engineer and Surveyor, also a lead member of Douglas
Community Safety Partnership, said: 'The areas we're particularly concerned
about are increasing security of our car park, bus stops in the area, access to
the marina, and the potential for anti-social behaviour associated with an
increasing number of licensed and leisure facilities.

'The Viseum IMC uses proven technology and enables fewer cameras to be deployed,
offering better coverage and more effective crime detection and prevention - at
a fraction of the cost of traditional systems.'

The requirements for the Douglas CCTV installation was an intermittently manned
CCTV control room, but with cameras performing as if constantly manned; Viseum's
IMC ticked all the boxes as it enhances operator efficiency where operators are
present, but can also be effectively used where resources dictate there are no
permanent operators.

Viseum's managing director, Stuart Thompson, said: 'Local authority CCTV schemes
are budget and resource driven and CCTV technologies are increasingly being
required to do more for the same money. This is where Viseum's multi-tasking
CCTV cameras score very highly. Where operators are not an option due to cost,
or where their time needs to be spent on specific tasks, the IMC offers an
extremely effective and cost-effective solution to the control room
environment.'

Elsewhere, the Viseum IMC has killed anti-social behaviour problems stone dead.
It has immediately had the effect of making criminals realise they were actually
being watched, and making the general public realise they were actually being
protected - unlike previous technologies which often prove so ineffective
criminals all but disregard them.

Most open space PTZ cameras have already exceeded their life expectancy and in
any case, through cost and lack of resources, most of these are pointing the
wrong way when crimes occur. Viseum presents an unparalleled value for money
offering for clients to stay on top of all their camera installations. This is
being achieved by replacing or upgrading PTZ cameras to become IMCs, which in
turn enables control room staff to spend their time most effectively, maximises
overall efficiencies and enables a much more viable solution for CCTV scheme
expansion.
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