Video Surveillance

The plan to cover Soweto in fibre and security cameras

Vumacam has outlined its plan to roll out its security camera network in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The Vumatel-owned security company uses its parent company’s fibre network to deploy public street cameras which combat crime in partnership with SAPS and private security.

Each Vumacam has a unique internet protocol (IP) address, and vetted security companies can access the feed in their particular area to help provide alerts for their reaction vehicles.

Both License Plate Recognition (LPR) and overview cameras are installed on Vumacam’s street poles.

LPR cameras capture each licence plate they see and reference it against the vehicle-of-interest database, checking if it has been involved in any criminal activity.

The overview cameras are alerted to suspicious events using behaviour analytics software named iSentry, automatically sending alerts to security companies when they detect unusual behaviour.

Soweto roll-out

Vumacam CEO Ricky Croock told MyBroadband that Vumatel has already begun rolling out fibre in Soweto, which means the camera division should soon begin putting up pole-mounted cameras in the area.

“We are very excited to get our cameras up into Soweto where fibre has already begun rolling out with over 2,000 homes already passed,” Croock said.

“We have applied for and are waiting for wayleave approval which will hopefully take no more than three to four weeks, then our first poles will be put in the ground.”

Croock added that Vumacam has partnered with a number of businesses to sponsor this project, as many companies are interested in improving security for their employees who live in Soweto.

“In order to fund this initiative Vumacam has engaged with various corporates to sponsor this project,” Croock said.

“This has been well received as they believe that many of their employees, who leave Soweto to work in their buildings, should also benefit from an additional layer of security that CCTV brings where they live.”

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