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 is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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