Metropolitan Police Service praises facial recognition security at London business centres

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.”

About the Author
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.

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