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The London Borough of Wandsworth has awarded Videalert, the UK supplier of intelligent traffic enforcement and management products, a contract to install unattended CCTV cameras at a number of “problem” locations across the borough. The contract followed competitive trials of major suppliers by Wandsworth’s Parking team, now part of the Richmond and Wandsworth shared parking service covering both south and west London boroughs. The team determined that the Videalert system would provide best value in terms of performance and cost over the lifetime of the contract.
Adam Westwood, based in Wandsworth’s Parking Operations Team, says: “We continuously challenge ourselves to provide the best services at the lowest cost. Our goal is always resident satisfaction at a price taxpayers can afford to pay.”
In the benchmarking of products and performance, Videalert says that it came out on top with consistently high capture rates, particularly in busy traffic and across complex moving traffic contravention conditions. The quality of evidence captured using the latest digital, ONVIF-compliant cameras also resulted in higher productivity with the added potential to reduce the number of appeals. The supplier also points to flexibility of the system to capture multiple contraventions from a single WAN unit to reduce infrastructure costs; and Videalert’s real-time monitoring service to keep system uptime as close as possible to 100pc. The platform’s automated evidence pack review suite was also recognised to further enhance productivity.
Steve Cull, Assistant Head of Shared Parking Services for Richmond and Wandsworth, added: “The trials demonstrated that the use of unattended cameras was justified in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and compliance. Deploying Videalert’s unique Digital Video Platform allows additional camera assets and enforcement applications to be cost effectively added, providing a future-proofed investment for civil traffic enforcement.”
As a result of the trials, cameras have already been installed at an initial four locations. Wandsworth adds that it will continue to shift from its current attended system with further installations of Videalert’s unattended cameras.
Picture courtesy of Videalert; Lacy Road, Putney, London SW15.