Pioneering solutions at Blackburn
Optimum were able to demonstrate their ability to produce effective
solutions to meet customer requirements when they were appointed as consultants
for the Blackburn with Darwen Community Safety Partnership.
Given the need for greater ownership and responsibility for their CCTV
images, the Partnership embarked on a project to derive funding to procure
their own CCTV operation for public space. At the core of the scheme was the
provision of a new CCTV Control Facility within the Eastern Divisional HQ
of the Lancashire Constabulary at Greenbank, Blackburn. This was to include
pioneering technology and full digital recording of all images.
The new control room would become the collection point for image inputs from
variety of sources. Fifteen PTZ cameras had been sited throughout Blackburn
Town Centre, four PTZ cameras in the nearby town of Darwen and eight PTZ cameras
sited in Blackburn Shopping Centre car parks. These were monitored in
the Blackburn Shopping Centre Security Facility. In addition, the collection
of signals from some cameras being installed by other companies; 10 new car
park cameras by Capita and 5 static cameras surrounding Eastern Division HQ
at Greenbank was required. In all, 42 cameras from three separate fibre-optic
links are received and monitored from the new control room.
Space for the new control room was limited and therefore a more innovative
solution was required. Stylish lightweight furniture was used to mount 30
x 19" TFT colour monitors on an aluminium frame as a video-wall. Seven 15"
TFT colour monitors are placed on a large curved operations desk with provision
for two operator positions. This desk also houses telephony, police radio
and a "Shopwatch" Radio base-station. Display of individual cameras on any
wall or desk monitor are completely flexible using colour quad display units.
The outputs of these quads also connect back into the Matrix so that full
or quadded images may be displayed on each of the rear wall monitors.
A separate PC Viewstation - 'Image Review Suite' is located in a dedicated
area of the CCTV Monitoring Room and fitted with appropriate equipment to
enable on site review and copying of digital images which have been recorded.
Extracts can be archived onto DVD-R, CD-R or standard VHS tape when required.
An associated video editor is also installed to give the ability to mask out
unwanted information where necessary. Operators can produce hard copies of
video images onto paper using an inkjet printer.
Optimum were also able to provide expertise to assist the client in tender,
selection and recruitment of outsourced operating staff, recruitment of a
dedicated CCTV Manager and a comprehensive Code of Practice and Operational