Tyco Integrated Systems won a contract to fulfill the analog and digital video surveillance integration requirements for the West Midlands region as part of a US$41 million scheme funded by the Department of Transport (DfT) to create a “Centre of Excellence.” The contract, which is valued at more than $0.7 million, will consist of design, manufacturing, supplying and commissioning of a digital video surveillance control platform.
The system will provide a central video surveillance control and integration platform that will interconnect seven existing video surveillance systems throughout the West Midlands region. The project is spearheaded by Wolverhampton City Council as the lead authority who is purchasing the system and the associated Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) systems on behalf of six other participating regional authorities covering Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Coventry and Birmingham.
The new Tyco system will offer video surveillance operators a new graphical front-end to facilitate camera selection and control. The system can be easily expanded to include additional remote video surveillance systems or to provide digital recording capability simply with the addition of storage units.
A number of the towns and cities in the West Midlands currently operate separate traffic control centers from where traffic is monitored and traffic strategies are adapted to minimize congestion or to suit specific local requirements.
“Tyco has been active in the development of UTMC/UTC-compliant CCTV systems for many years and the award of this contract is a major accolade and recognition of what we have achieved,” said Rob Taylor of Tyco.