Mobile Surveillance Units Enhance Policing of Soccer Matches

Vemotion Interactive announced that its real-time video solution has been deployed by Leedswatch, a surveillance operation run by Leeds City Council, Community Safety, to enhance its support of West Yorkshire Police operations at key soccer matches.

Vemotion video compression and transmission equipment has been installed in the Leesdwatch mobile surveillance vans which are able to augment the existing fixed-camera network by providing live images to Police Control Rooms (ACRs) as well as to the control room within the Elland Road stadium.

“We have forged a working relationship with Vemotion staff who have adapted their technology to meet our specific need”, said Marcus Beacham, Head of Community Safety and Partnerships. “This has enabled us to enhance the support we already provide to West Yorkshire Police in their operations.”

Some football matches are more likely than others to be a hotspot for public disorder and other offences, especially before and after the game when large crowds of fans from opposing teams converge on the ground and disperse again later. Whereas the mobile surveillance vans had been able to record images for subsequent viewing and capture for evidential purposes, their effectiveness has been increased.

Both before and after a football match, mobile surveillance vans can be positioned and maneuvered to provide live coverage of areas not adequately covered by the existing fixed-camera network as fans travel to and from the ground

Using Vemotion video compression technology, real-time video images captured by cameras mounted on the mobile units are transmitted back to a Vemotion streaming server in the control room. An interface from the standard mobile phone network is used to transmit the video over the Internet using GPRS. The Vemotion encoder provides video compression and transmission that ensure that the quality video images can be transmitted over low bandwidth connections. This resolves the issues of speed and, combined with the use of the Internet, also resolves the high-bandwidth costs as the images are transmitted in an optimized form to make best use of available network bandwidth.
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