Network surveillance specialist, Axis Communications has supplied a range of indoor and outdoor cameras for a Public Safety Infrastructure project in central Footscray in Melbourne's Inner West.
Completed in late July, the implementation combines AXIS P13 fixed outdoor cameras and Q6032 PTZ cameras to offer virtually complete coverage of approximately 5 blocks in central Footscray.
Owned and maintained by Maribyrnong City Council but wholly operated by the Victoria Police, the project was commissioned as part of an integrated package of activities to improve public safety in the area. The camera surveillance system aims to deter crime and anti-social behaviour, disrupt street based drug trade and provide evidence to assist police with law enforcement.
Privacy being a key concern, the control room is located at a secure police facility with the footage not available to any third parties, including council officers.
IPP Consulting was commissioned by Maribyrnong City Council to provide technical advice and project management services.
IPP’s consultant, Bob Firth stressed upon the need for a reliable surveillance system that would continue to record images locally on the camera if the wireless network connection were to drop out for any reason.
Even before the system was commissioned, the police were able to make 18 arrests based on footage.
The surveillance system comprising of a network of 31 HD cameras will assist Maribyrnong City Council in achieving the goals of the Footscray Public Safety CCTV initiative, which include:
- Improve perceptions of safety among residents, workers and visitors of central Footscray
- Reduce anti-social behaviour in central Footscray
- Reduce crime within central Footscray
- Disrupt the street based drug trade (buying and selling) in central Footscray
- Support proactive policing to ensure timely and consistent police responses in central Footscray
Given the resources needed to install and operate a surveillance system on this scale, an IP network surveillance solution was the most appropriate choice as it offered cost savings through the use of high resolution cameras, PoE technology and seamless integration with a wireless mesh network.
The IP based system also enables law enforcement officers to have easy access to a database of high definition video footage for retrospective crime-scene monitoring.
Firth also commended the on-site support received from Axis during the installation process with the local sales team meticulous in ensuring all surveillance cameras were installed and working correctly.