Police thumbs-up for facial recognition security at London business centres

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The Metropolitan Police have praised the quality of CCTV used by a series of London business centres in the quest to hunt down and prosecute petty criminals.

Police in Kingston-upon-Thames was impressed by the full resolution recording and remote monitoring achieved by Unit Management Ltd, the managing agent for a dozen business centres, along with the A3 heading out of London.

Facilities manager Alex Brewer said: “Kingston police were really impressed with our high-res imagery that is sharp enough even at night for full facial recognition, that has led to arresting and prosecuting would-be thieves.

“We have even monitored an incursion of gipsies at our New Malden site while we were down in Devon.”

Unit Management has been working with Zaun owned security software expert EyeLynx Ltd for the past five years and is in the process of upgrading all its sites with EyeLynx’s iconic SharpView CCTV solutions.

EyeLynx co-founder Jay Patel said: “Unit Management 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 used.

“We’re able to track people on foot and identify people breaking in through the perimeter fence – and even watch people dodging between cars and buildings – all remotely,” said Mr Brewer.

The latest two installations are at Eurolink in Brixton and Kingspark Business Centre, New Malden. At the same time, Mr Brewer is about to commission enhancements to security at Battersea Business Centre, 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 send to manned patrols or security control rooms.

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 fitted.

Mr Brewer concluded: “The EyeLynx system records at full resolution, so images are razor sharp and not the grainy and dark images most people associate with CCTV recordings when you’re not alive to monitor.

“So, with night-vision technology and the advent of widespread superfast broadband, we can monitor from anywhere and pull off recordings to suit.”

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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