A video wall by eyevis is helping to protect the people of Calderdale after being installed as part of a £680,000 upgrade of the area’s CCTV system.
Eight eyevis 47-inch EYE-LCD-4700-USN-LD-FX displays help staff at Calderdale Council’s CCTV monitoring centre view images from 64 cameras in town centres across the borough, 24/7, 365 days a year.
eyevis EYE-LCD-4700-USN-LD-FX displays feature full-HD resolution with 1920×1080 pixels and Direct-LED backlight technology and a narrow bezel. The displays were installed with a Netpix 4900 video wall controller, which provides, in an easy and user-friendly way, individual outputs into a coherent large video wall display, which can be used to present a wide range of network data as well as video and graphics sources. It is unique in the market because it caters for the complete range of inputs required within control room environments and maintains compatibility with the very latest industry standards.
eyevis UK managing director Steve Murphy said: “CCTV is a key tool used to detect and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in Calderdale and in 2014 helped to make over 220 arrests in the area. It also plays many other important roles, such as protecting iconic sites, aiding parking enforcement, helping to find missing people, monitoring river levels, managing big events and preventing suicides.“ Murphy continues: “The eyevis displays help provide higher quality pictures, improved night vision, better recording and the ability to zoom into fine detail. We are delighted to be part of such an important project and to work with BT Redcare Surveillance and Virgin Media Business to provide Calderdale Council with such a great monitoring system.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said: “I’m extremely pleased with the upgraded equipment. This is an important investment as CCTV plays a vital role in keeping people safe. Community safety is a joint effort between the Council and other organisations. We can now achieve this more effectively, reduce the ongoing cost to local taxpayers and be more environmentally friendly.”
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “I welcome the improvements to the district’s CCTV system. Making positive steps such as this, working with partners, will help people in Calderdale feel safer and be safer and forms part of a wider CCTV strategy for the whole of West Yorkshire.”
The CCTV system covers town centres in Halifax, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Elland, Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge and was provided by BT Redcare Surveillance through the Council’s contract with Virgin Media Business, who are the single supplier for networks and associated services under the Yorkshire and Humber Public Services Network Framework.
The upgrade came after the Council’s Cabinet approved funding as the previous system was installed in the mid-1990s and was outdated. Updates in technology since then mean that the new equipment costs less to run and uses less energy. It is the latest step in the continued joint work of Calderdale Community Safety Partnership to keep people safe. The partnership consists of Calderdale Council, West Yorkshire Police, Pennine Housing, NHS Calderdale, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Probation Service, the Hospital Trust and North Bank Forum.