New CCTV network with ANPR capabilities planned for Edinburgh

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Plans for deploying a new CCTV system with ANPR capabilities across Edinburgh and also creating a citywide operations centre to oversee it will soon be put forward by the city council, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

The council currently has 226 CCTV cameras across Edinburgh including 17 that are re-deployable. Around £634,000 is spent on staff operations of the service and almost £62,000 goes towards maintenance of the ageing system.

The “resilience hub” would allow the council to monitor its CCTV coverage across the city, as well as a new license plate recognition system, street lights, traffic signals and congestion.

The new facility will also monitor “a new Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera network to be installed in the city” which police could use to track vehicles and could help enforce motorists flouting bus lane rules.

A council spokeswoman said: “We have established a working group which is looking at the future options for our CCTV network in Edinburgh, including the upgrading and future proofing of CCTV systems.

“Alongside this, we are in the early stages of developing a city operations centre concept that would bring together our upgraded CCTV system, as well as our traffic management systems to allow us to have a more joined up view of the city and manage it more proactively.”


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