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CCTV coverage of Scottish Highlands

Vemotion Interactive : 05 August, 2016  (Application Story)
Rural Highlands region in Scotland between Wick and Fort William gains CCTV surveillance coverage
CCTV coverage of Scottish Highlands

CCTV specialists Vemotion have been praised by the Highlands Council for the delivery of a new CCTV system to the area, covering a large region reaching all the way from Fort William through to Wick. Vemotion were brought in to help the council implement a system that was both affordable and able to operate despite the poor mobile phone signal in much of the Highlands region. With just one public space site left to go, the project is now all but completed.

“The Highlands job was a significant undertaking,” says Stewart McCone, the CEO of Vemotion. “For starters, the geographical area being covered is huge. It’s 168 miles, or a four hour drive, from Wick in the North to Fort William in the South. Secondly, we had to contend with limited infrastructure in much of the area we were working in. While Inverness has a good infrastructure, the Scottish Highlands are one of the remotest areas in Britain and obviously this posed a number of challenges. I’m delighted we were able to meet each of these, and demonstrate the abilities of Vemotion.”

With a state of the art CCTV control centre now operating in Inverness, the challenge for Vemotion was finding a way in which to provide live coverage of the remote Highlands area to this control centre. While fibre and radio options were initially investigated, the costs of these proved prohibitive, providing an opportunity for Vemotion to demonstrate to the council just what they were capable of. Suffice to say, the council were impressed and the project was awarded to Vemotion.

The final result was very pleasing to Gary Black, Communications Manager of Highland Council, who said: “Thanks to Vemotion, we have the results and the system we needed in an effective and affordable package. When you factor in the comprehensive three year maintenance package too, using Vemotion was simply a no-brainer from a financial perspective.

“The system had to work and Vemotion has simply exceeded expectations. The products are great and Stewart and his team are first class. They are one of the few companies I have ever worked with who came prepared to prove they could deploy a working system.

“The results have revolutionised the control room. The room is staffed by council employees and they are delighted. Image quality is excellent and we can now view from one central location and co-ordinate the necessary responses throughout the areas we are responsible for.

“I can view the feeds on my office PC and even on my mobile phone. This means that no matter where I am, if someone calls with a problem or a question, I can immediately access the camera in question and take a look, even take direct control, if I need to.”

With the remaining public space site set to be completed imminently, Vemotion will now turn their attention to the new traffic management scheme now being introduced, and are looking forward to completing the project for the Highland Council in the weeks and months ahead.

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