CCTV Systems in Edinburgh to Undergo £650k Upgrade Programme

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Edinburgh’s aging CCTV systems are likely to receive a much-needed spruce-up as part of a £650,000 investment programme, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

Edinburgh’s ageing CCTV system is set to receive a £650,000 makeover to accompany a host of new digital ideas across the city.

The council is exploring the use of current technologies and data systems to turn Edinburgh into a “smart city” in the future. The city’s updated CCTV network will likely be a key component of that upgrade.

The new set-up will introduce talking cameras that allow operators to speak to pedestrians, smart lampposts containing cameras to live stream the scene of an accident to a doctor to offer medical advice and on-street sensors to better monitor carbon emissions.

The council’s current CCTV network covers much of Edinburgh and is designed to provide security and maintain public safety. However, the system has reached the end of its life expectancy, with contracts due to run out in July, so the smart city concept is seen as a suitable replacement.

Depute council leader Cammy Day commented: “We are developing a smart city strategy and trying to get the best brains of the city together to have that discussion about what should the smart city look like.

“CCTV is part of that, but it is a substantial investment and is moving from analogue to digital the best thing when we can have remote cameras and a whole range of things?”


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