New surveillance system 50 times better than CCTV

SURVEILLANCE systems almost 50 times more powerful than traditional CCTV are being trialled around the country.

The high-definition security cameras have already been installed by local authorities and service stations, while the Aviva stadium and an airport have also tried them out.

Paul Hennessy, managing director of Northwood Technology, said it was also setting up one of the advanced digital cameras on a trial basis in the town centre of Charlestown, Co Mayo.

“One can do the same job that 48 conventional analogue cameras can do,” he said.

The 16 megapixel cameras use the latest digital technology to keep a wide-angle view on a much larger area than the analogue cameras are able to do.

Users can then view the images on cutting-edge software which allows them to zoom into areas of the picture in great detail, enhance the images and even brighten them to make out faces through window screens.

Mr Hennessy said they have already been installed in major soccer grounds inBritain, including Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, to stamp out potential hooliganism.

They have also been installed in Liverpool’s Mersey Tunnel to identify registration plates and passing motorists.

Mr Hennessy said a number of local authorities in the west of Ireland, which he declined to name, have installed the systems to carry out covert surveillance on illegal dumping.

Showing the cameras at Ireland’s security exhibition and conference in Citywest Hotel, Mr Hennessy said he believed they had the potential to help prosecutions against criminality.

The cameras can cost up to €5,000 compared to as little as €300 for traditional CCTV cameras.

Speaking at the conference, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the force would be looking at all crime prevention measures available from the security industry.

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