Fidelity has recently expanded its strategic partnership with Vumacam to roll out an extensive surveillance network of cameras across Gauteng.
According to Wahl Bartmann, CEO for Fidelity Services Group, “Vumacam cameras are fibre-connected to Vumacam’s advanced *TeracoTier-4 datacentre and the feed is streamed in real-time to the Fidelity command and control centre where it is stored securely for 30 days. The Vumacam infrastructure ensures world-class technology and data privacy which allows us to manage footage responsibly and better integrate analytics on flagged crime incidents across all Vumacam cameras nationally. We believe that Vumacam’s infrastructure and technology will enable Fidelity to deliver an optimal service to our customers.”
Fidelity’s partnership with Vumacam began with the roll out of the smart camera network across a number of Southern suburbs earlier this year. The initial project saw the Bassonia, Glenvista, Mulbarton and Glenanda areas benefit from 27 strategically-positioned poles with 27 License Plate recognition (LPR) cameras and 54 overview cameras. “By the end of December we will have rolled out 1 400 LPR’s across Gauteng,” says Bartmann .
Bartmann says that this is part of a contracted solution to residential communities and commercial customers – including businesses, small holdings, estates and shopping malls. The increased coverage will support Fidelity’s broader crime prevention efforts.
“The increase in crime has prompted many residents to take a more proactive stance regarding their local security requirements. They believe there is a need to look to solutions that coordinate law enforcement and private security company solutions to effectively deal with criminal activity in their areas of residence. The same applies to many of our commercial customers,” he says.
Vumacam CEO, Ricky Croock says, “We are really excited about Fidelity joining our platform. Crime fighting needs to be done in an organised and collaborative manner and linking the largest public space CCTV network with the largest security fleet in the country will certainly make a big impact on crime.”
“We appreciate that crime is a concern for all South Africans and this solution adds an additional layer to the security ecosystem, allowing for more efficient, proactive monitoring and optimal response protocols,” Bartmann concludes.
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