Blackpool’s 250 New CCTV Cameras That Can Talk To You
A £ 2million investment in a new CCTV system for Blackpool has received the green light from advisers with the new cameras capable of speaking to the public.
The Blackpool council executive unanimously approved measures to upgrade cameras in the town center and along the promenade, relocate the control center and purchase a mobile CCTV unit.
Full implementation of the new system is expected to take about a year.
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Councilor Neal Brookes, cabinet member responsible for law enforcement, public safety, highways and transportation, said at the meeting: “Video surveillance plays an important role in public safety, especially in regarding access to downtown at night. “
The number of cameras in the city center and along the Promenade will increase from 92 to 346.
A new command and control center will be created in the municipal buildings on Corporation Street.
The cameras will have a 360-degree view while more than 100 speakers will be connected to CCTV columns capable of broadcasting public safety messages.
Councilor Brookes said, “In an emergency situation we will be able to warn and inform.
“If we have to move people away from an area, we can talk to them through the CCTV columns.
“If we see anti-social behavior we can let people know that they are on CCTV and it might not be such a good idea to do what they are doing. “
He added that having a control and command center had been “warmly welcomed by the counterterrorism security adviser and emergency services”.
Meanwhile, police could access CCTV evidence from the new system “in real time” rather than having to wait days for the footage to be downloaded to disk.
It was revealed last December that Blackpool’s CCTV system was in need of a major overhaul due to obsolescence of technology, while the control center was due to be moved from the old Bonny Street Police Station. .
The £ 2million investment will be taken from various capital spending pots in the city center, while it is proposed to set aside an additional £ 100,000 to cover support costs such as recruiting and training .
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