Given the importance of continuous coverage, EDS built a temporary system and re-located the entire control room to provide interim coverage. Working round the clock to get the new control room up and running within days, without losing any recording or control of the system.
One unit has a live video feed for real time recording of any camera, which the operator can bring up on a spot monitor, allowing the Police to record major incidents in real time at the push of a button, while viewing live pictures on a 50" plasma screen in the incident room. As all the units are linked via a PC network, any of the operators can control system functionality simultaneously via any of the three remote keyboards or across the network. While one operator adjusts camera position to get a better view, another can be replaying images from the same camera from seconds ago, all recorded digitally with high quality image reproduction.
A Flagship Site for UK City Centre Surveillance
The station is delighted with the results achieved with the new system to date. Colin Holder, Technical Support Operations Manager for West Midlands Police commented: "The installation at Steelhouse Lane really is a flagship site for UK city centre surveillance.
With the old system, we had to wait for hours to review incidents from tape. Now we can review images from seconds ago - which is proving to be tremendously powerful in the fight against crime. As the picture rate is so much better than our original time-lapse video, where critical details were often missed, the new system is also producing excellent evidence for the courts. And the internal system storage is massive, so we can be sure we are keeping months of critical evidence to hand.
"We were proud to be able to demonstrate the system's impressive capability to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair recently, when he visited the control room recently, he was extremely impressed with the system's performance."
High-end Digital Video Recorders (DVR's) have been rack-mounted in the newly refurbished, temperature controlled communications room at Steelhouse Lane Police station, located next to the city centre HQ of West Midlands Police.