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Town goes full-HD, wireless

Sawbridgeworth Town Council in Hertfordshire has completed its upgrade to full-HD wireless network CCTV. Designed and installed by Sunstone IP Systems, the council selected DirectIP from IDIS. The system, which is ‘free to air’ also provides the town with savings against using leased lines.

The council wanted to upgrade its CCTV to cover shopping areas, main thoroughfares and its new town council offices against theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour. After a technology evaluation, Sawbridgeworth chose the full-HD cameras, IDIS video management software and a digital wireless network.

Sunstone installed a digital point to multi-point wireless network around the town with link speeds in excess of 100mbps per location. The network supports external DirectIP domes, pictured, installed on Hertfordshire County Council owned lamp posts, back to DirectIP network video recorders (NVRs) in Sawbridgeworth’s town council offices. The vandal-proof, day and night cameras feature infrared, audio input and output as well as motorised vari-focal lenses for ease of configuration.

The system provides council staff with centralised monitoring, while giving Hertfordshire Police remote access to full-HD footage to detect and solve crime, including while on the move via tablets. So far the products have provided evidence for three crimes since its install in the late summer of 2014.

Richard Bowran, Town Clerk of Sawbridgeworth Town Council, said: “Frustrated with much of the dated technology and inflexible, expensive service levels on offer we talked with Sunstone about their innovative approach to providing a solution for Sawbridgeworth. Their solution fits in with our conservation area, covers with remarkable clarity the key areas of the town and is expandable for the future. Commended by Hertfordshire Police, it has already proved its worth in safeguarding the people of the town.”

And Paul Schellhaas, Managing Director, Sunstone IP Systems, added: “The IDIS DirectIP solution has enabled us to present a very competitive offering that combined high performance with plug-and-play installation and simple configuration. We are thrilled that the implementation has now become a showcase for other town councils looking to affordably upgrade to full-HD and network surveillance.”



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