AlertSystems Comment on Live Stream CCTV Installed on Birmingham Bus

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Leading business security provider, AlertSystems, has commented on the use of CCTV on buses in Birmingham which live streams images to police.

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This latest technology which allows footage to be live-streamed to police can be vital in helping police to act quickly following incidents.

The BBC has reported in the article ‘Birmingham Bus Beams Live CCTV Images to Police’ published on November 6 that a bus in Birmingham has been fitted with high definition CCTV cameras which stream live footage to a tablet computer located in an unmarked police car following the bus. Police select either the Black Country or Birmingham bus route and use the bus equipped with CCTV to monitor incidences which may occur on the vehicle.

The bus, known as the ‘Trojan’ bus, has been funded by National Express and will be used to combat a variety of issues such as graffiti and vandalism, as well as violence after two fatal stabbings occurred on buses in the area this year. Alongside the CCTV, the bus is equipped with window sensors which will trigger the CCTV to begin recording if they are being vandalised. Other hidden cameras on the bus will continuously film as the bus travels on its route.

Chief Inspector Ian Green told the BBC that once the pilot project has been assessed towards the end of this year the technology may be rolled out to other buses.

As experts in business security systems, the specialists at AlertSystems closely follow industry developments and as such were interested in the announcement of this initiative. A spokesperson for the company offered their thoughts and offered advice to businesses:

“It is welcome news that an initiative has been put in place which aims to combat violent crime, graffiti and vandalism on public transport. While many buses are already equipped with CCTV to monitor the vehicles, this latest technology which allows footage to be live-streamed to police can be vital in helping police to act quickly following incidents.

With this in mind, if businesses are installing CCTV, having systems in place which can ensure footage is passed to police as quickly as possible is essential in sufficiently helping police with their investigations. Having an IP network CCTV security system in place sends live video across an IP network, meaning that footage can be stored and accessed remotely. As a business owner, this allows you to easily manage the CCTV footage, as well as being able to rapidly provide police with information should they need it following an incident.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain over 5000 security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems. AlertSystems offers effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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