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Crowds who turned out to see the legendary Chris de Burgh perform for the BBC’s Proms in the Park at Buile Hill Park in Salford were kept safe like no other music fans ever before. Organisers of the event from Salford City Council provided security for the audience to prevent potential trouble spots in the crowd, using Viseum’s advanced Intelligent Moving Camera (IMC). The camera monitored an area the size of 14 football pitches to look out for potential incidents, all by itself, without human intervention.

The Viseum IMC in situ at the BBC Proms in the Park

 

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The camera is completely automated and not controlled by any person. A key benefit is that the camera system does not infringe anyone’s privacy whilst the camera’s performance was able to provide reassurance for the audience that they were being actively protected, ensuring the ultimate deterrent to any would-be offenders. The IMC was only specified on the Tuesday prior to what was a Saturday concert, demonstrating the major advantage of this camera in its ability to be rapidly deployed in such circumstances. The decision to deploy this particular camera system came from the Council which, after watching one of their new IMCs perform excellently while protecting another part of Salford, expressed the desire to have a further one to protect their event, and Viseum were immediately able to come up with a video security system for use at this BBC Proms in the Park event.

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The costs for conventional CCTV coverage of this event would have been very high indeed and would have taken around 130 traditional CCTV cameras to provide similar coverage, which even then would not have provided the same amount of close-up evidence as a single, innovative IMC camera. Danny Hoy, Facilities Manager for Salford City Council, said: “The IMC’s six fixed lenses with pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) functions, make it ideal for covering large scale events. Traditional cameras can only look at a fraction of a space at any one time, unlike the Viseum video security system which constantly protects the entire area. It also works without the need for an operator, which saves both time and money.”

The IMC is a well-established and proven technology, with research demonstrating a fantastic success rate in clearing up problems. This added-value in proactive, yet cost-effective, prevention of problems is why an increasing number of organisations, and local authorities in particular, are turning to the Viseum IMC.

Viseum are the owners of the patent protecting the many IMC products in the marketplace, and responsible for the advanced algorithms that drive these products. This Viseum technology was developed to support resource-stretched security organisations. Stuart Thompson, Managing Director of Viseum, said: “I am obviously delighted that it’s finding a wide variety of uses and that CCTV is now no longer just an option for large corporates with big security budgets.”

Another key to the video security system’s success is in the fact that it can be pre-programmed to monitor certain activities in particular areas, but it will still look out for incidents in the many areas where random crimes might occur. At the Proms concert the camera was scheduled to look for any type of ‘crowd surge or kerfuffle’. Group 4, main show contractors, commented:

“This system is extremely easy to use and significantly adds to crowd protection. Having any type of CCTV at these types of event is rare. This may now have changed with the introduction of this technology.” Local police comments on the CCTV at the event commented: “impressive…”, “certainly very clever technology…”, and “amazing..!”

“The BBC had never seen anything like it”, added Stuart Thompson. “It took us a while to explain that nobody was operating it and that there was no danger of us getting in their way as it was totally automated.”

The IMC can follow instructions to focus on anything from anti-social behaviour to street drinking, making it an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with security in any environment. Viseum has also showcased the IMC at its technology event in Salford, where representatives of local authorities, police forces and commercial organisations could see the IMC in action and learn more about what can now be achieved with CCTV security surveillance.

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