Even as Britain’s new coalition government makes plans to scale back the kingdom’s surveillance apparatus, Hertfordshire Constabulary –population about 1 million in 632 square miles, is expanding and upgrading its security network.
Hertfordshire is going with Genetec’s Omnicast IP video surveillance for a county-wide video system expansion and upgrade. Upon completion of the expansion, the system will manage a total of almost 100 cameras.
“The user-friendliness of the system was key,” said Grant Harknett, Network Analyst at Hertfordshire Constabulary. “It is very intuitive which allowed us to move away from a system that was unstable, with relative ease. The Omnicast system has met all of our expectations.”
Working with C-ways Limited, a UK-based IT Integrator and Genetec Certified Partner, Hertfordshire Constabulary is already using Omnicast to manage more than 50 existing analog cameras in their own estate as well as feeds from ten council districts and some major motorway routes throughout the county.
With Omnicast’s open architecture, Hertfordshire Constabulary was able to preserve its existing hardware investments, using Axis encoders, among others, to convert analog feeds to IP.
An additional 40 IP Axis cameras have been added to Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Enquiry Offices. This expansion will be fully integrated into the police headquarters’ system where all cameras are being monitored. Hertfordshire Constabulary also have the ability to view a helicopter-mounted camera through Omnicast.
“Integrating cameras from multiple locations across the county was not an easy task but Omnicast’s features and architecture helped us make it happen seamlessly,” said Nick Jackson, Managing Director at C-Ways. “Also, the close working relationship between C-Ways and Hertfordshire Constabulary enabled a successful outcome to a challenging project.”
Some additional Omnicast features that were particularly important to Hertfordshire Constabulary included Redundant and Failover Archiving, which ensures access to live or archived data at all times. This is particularly important for after-the-fact investigations, when high-priority camera recordings must be reviewed. In similar respects, Omnicast’s Archive Player allows police staff and officers to quickly retrieve and playback stored video in case suspicion is raised by an activity or incident caught on camera.
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