CCTV has come a long way since it first hit the streets of Britain back in 1960. Believe it or not, the fledgling technology was first put to use to keep an eye on the crowds in Trafalgar Square when the Thai Royal Family made a visit to London. The following year, the first permanent cameras were set up in the capital’s railway stations – and the journey to ubiquity had begun.
A study by the British Security Industry Authority from a few years back reckoned there was one security camera for every 11 people in the UK. And it’s true of course – CCTV is everywhere. Some people are quick to associate the cameras with Big Brother from George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, while issuing dire warnings of a ‘snooping state’ intent on prying into our personal lives.
While it’s accurate to say that CCTV can be open to misuse if used incorrectly or illegally, there is equally no doubt that is can be a powerful weapon in the fight against criminality on construction sites. It is a vital component in the Herongrange Group armoury, and we regularly specify robust CCTV solutions as part of our service to customers. The main reason? It really does work.
Number one deterrent
A study carried out on behalf of Co-op Insurance revealed that a panel of criminals ranked CCTV as their number one deterrent – above barking dogs in second place and strong, heavy doors in third. Recent years of course, have seen CCTV become even more powerful. Wi-Fi connectivity and cloud storage gives those interested in monitoring and surveillance more footage and insight that they ever dreamed possible.
This new, more sophisticated era for CCTV characterises our approach here at Herongrange. We call it ‘Intelligent Imaging Security’ because of the way our software turns a highly effective deterrent into a clever, hard-working and site-friendly monitoring system.
Here’s an overview of what our Camshield CCTV software delivers:
- 24/7 camera operation for out of hours security and daytime recording for site management needs
- Remote interaction for key staff members
- Unique ‘double-imaging’ technology to highlight movement to our control staff
- Clear intrusion visibility, even in challenging areas and conditions
The future promises even more functionality from the fast-developing world of CCTV. Features like intelligent tracking, facial recognition and people-counting will be augmented by Artificial Intelligence that will learn from, and respond to, suspicious activity by sounding alarms, notifying security personnel, or simply initiating site-lockdown.
If you’d like to know more about our CCTV security options, or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the Herongrange service, get in touch today. We’ll listen to your needs, and we’re always happy to provide a fast, competitive, no-hidden-extras free quotation. Contact the team on 01604 498830.