New CCTV mapping system launched

A new CCTV mapping system allows local authorities, emergency services and crime prevention agencies to manage and share CCTV information in their area.

May 7, 2009
By Paul Jacques

A new CCTV mapping system allows local authorities, emergency services and crime prevention agencies to manage and share CCTV information in their area.

The system from digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has been designed to meet emerging national requirements and standards relating to CCTV information.

The system was designed in conjunction with Salford City Council, which has been using the technology to help fight crime in the city for the past few months.

The system provides a visual context to CCTV information through the use of digital mapping and aerial imagery. It has the ability to show camera location and field of view in relation to particular incidents or areas; once a camera is identified, relevant details such as camera type, owner contact details, service history, etc, are readily available.

Benefits already identified from use of the system include the ability to quickly determine areas covered by CCTV, reduction in the time taken to identify cameras that may have footage relating to particular incidents, the ability to define routes relating to particular incidents and to determine the potential of particular camera footage, optimisation in the planning, investment and development of CCTV coverage, the capability to link CCTV footage to other data used in analysis tasks and the ability to share information with other agencies quickly and efficiently.

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