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Metropolitan Police Service praises facial recognition security at London business centres

by Brian Sims

The Metropolitan Police Service has praised the quality of CCTV used by a series of London business centres in the quest to hunt down and prosecute petty criminals. Officers in Kingston-upon-Thames have been extremely impressed by the full resolution recording and remote monitoring achieved by Unit Management Ltd, the managing agent for a dozen business centres along the A3 heading out of London.

Facilities manager Alex Brewer explained to Risk UK: “Kingston police were really impressed with our high resolution imagery that’s sharp enough even at night for full facial recognition and has led to the arrest and prosecution of would-be thieves. We’ve even monitored an incursion of gypsies at our New Malden site while we were down in Devon.”

Unit Management Ltd has been working with security software expert EyeLynx for the past five years and is presently in the process of upgrading all of its sites with EyeLynx’s SharpView CCTV solutions. EyeLynx co-founder Jay Patel said: “Unit Management Ltd has successfully implemented many of the features of SharpView, including video analytics, PIR alarms and the use of radar.”

Police recently made arrests from the camera footage when an intruder broke through the perimeter fence at Trident Court in Chessington, where EyeLynx’s EPR-500 radar is also in use. “We’re able to track people on foot, identify individuals breaking in through the perimeter fence and even watch individuals dodging between cars and buildings, all on a remote basis,” added Alex Brewer.

The two most recent installations of the technology are at Eurolink in Brixton and for the Kingspark Business Centre in New Malden, while Brewer is also about to commission enhancements to security at Battersea Business Centre in Lavender Hill.

The radar can help detect security threats early then use the software to control CCTV autonomously and zoom in to collect evidence and then send it to manned patrols or Security Control Room operatives. In practice, it can serve as a high-performance, very low-cost early warning of potential threats on large sites, with minimal maintenance and no user intervention once the solution has been fitted.

Brewer concluded: “The EyeLynx system records at full resolution, so the images rendered are razor sharp and not the grainy and dark images most people associate with CCTV recordings when you’re not live monitoring. With night vision technology and the advent of widespread superfast broadband, we can monitor sites from anywhere and draw down recordings to suit.”

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