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Zenien installed CCTV featured in the West Australian

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Zenien Content | Posted on 26-11-2010

SOURCE: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/8385416/council-rolls-out-crime-alert-cameras/

A security camera system that can identify when a crime is being committed and then alert security guards, is being expanded across the City of Belmont.

The council’s acting chief executive, Neville Deague, said the technology, which was put in at Kooyong Road in Rivervale late last year, had since been rolled out at the city’s main shopping precincts and the Belmont skateboard park.

Other potential sites were also being identified.

Gary Pennefather, managing director of Icetana, the company that produces the technology, said the system’s software was linked to CCTV cameras.

The software learnt and logged all examples of typical behaviour in a busy environment.

This allowed it to identify behaviour which was abnormal – from violence to graffiti to public urination – and immediately send an alert or footage of the incident to the mobile phones of security guards.

Mr Pennefather said the technology, which has been tested by Belmont since September last year, eliminated the need for councils or organisations to pay someone to monitor the live feeds from its CCTV cameras.

He believed the technology could be used in all major public spaces and on public transport to catch thugs and vandals.

Meanwhile, high-tech covert surveillance cameras are being used by police to catch graffiti vandals around Perth.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said the seven mobile security cameras were used to target graffiti hot spots.

The cameras, which produced the same high-quality images as those of the Public Transport Authority, can be used in low light and be activated by motion.

Mr O’Callaghan said officers could hide the cameras and monitor them from a distance.

“The images can be recorded or transmitted wirelessly and viewed remotely,” he said.
The Office of Crime Prevention has grants of up to $25,000 available for CCTV technology for local governments and organisations.

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