Videalert has introduced a digital CCTV system for the enforcement of stopped vehicle offences, designed to reduce the incidence of stopping and parking on the zig-zag lines outside schools. David Richmond, CEO of Videalert comments:” According to the insurance industry, more than 1,000 children a month are being injured on local roads around British schools despite the use of zig-zag road markings to improve visibility. This system is based on the same technology used for complex moving traffic offences such as banned turns and box junctions and it will help to reduce the number of accidents that are happening outside our schools every day.” Without any human involvement and using a single camera, the Videalert system continuously monitors the restricted area and automatically zooms in to capture the number plate of any vehicle that stops during the period of time defined by the local traffic order, typically twice a day during the school opening and closing hours. The camera then automatically zooms out and captures relevant parking signage and the video evidence pack is transmitted to the council for review, before automatically generating a PCN. An additional benefit of the system is that it can also record video outside schools 24/7, providing further protection to pupils, staff and premises. ” We believe that the introduction of this technology is in line with Communities Secretary Eric Pickle’s position on concentrating enforcement efforts on areas, such as outside schools, where children’s safety has become a major issue due to people parking negligently,” says David Richmond.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.