Surveillance and analytics for security

July 2019 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Drugs, prostitution, armed robbery, rape and hijackings are just a few of the crimes that plague the downtown streets of cities like Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Within walking distance of tourist hotspots like the picture-perfect South Beach and promenade, is a hive of dangerous criminal activity. While locals know to avoid these areas near to the Southern Freeway Bridge, tourists are particularly vulnerable, and crime levels are only getting worse.

Municipalities need to start implementing technologies in order to protect both locals and tourists. Public spaces can be made safer almost immediately with smart surveillance technology, and the adoption of CCTV camera systems is exactly the decisive step that is needed to clean up our cities streets.

Mark Chertkow.
Mark Chertkow.

Putting eyes on every street corner

The implementation of CCTV camera systems to deliver visibility into city centres like Durban and busy public spaces is the only means by which we can hope to reclaim city streets. With eyes on every corner, opportunistic crime is reduced and organised crime is inhibited. In order to be effective, it is important that surveillance systems consist of, at the very least, a combination of ultra-high definition (or ‘4K’) cameras in conjunction with a video management system (VMS) and intelligent video analytics.

While the number of cameras required to have ‘eyes’ on every nook and cranny within the Point Precinct will depend on the exact street-by-street layout, risk areas and security requirements. However, due to the nature of the public space, 4K cameras will prove vital in daytime surveillance, as these cameras can capture higher quality footage with up to four times more detail at full 25 frames per second (fps) than today’s full HD 1080p cameras. This detail is important, because this is what allows off-site security room operators who are remotely monitoring the streets to electronically zoom in to areas of the streaming video picture without losing detail, making 4K cameras ideal for public area surveillance and especially useful in post-event playback.

Crime usually happens at night whether in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, and in such conditions 4K cameras require additional lighting in order to capture an adequate picture. To see through the cover of darkness, thermal cameras are advisable in open, high-risk areas. Because they are not light-dependent, their operation is not impaired by adverse weather conditions, and visibility will prove to be an effective night time crime deterrent. With the correct lens, thermal cameras are capable of providing a much wider surveillance viewpoint than conventional CCTV cameras, which means that fewer cameras will be required to monitor the same space.

Adding urgency to crime response and prevention

Unfortunately, the reality is that the authorities are alerted to crime only after the fact. This makes it critical to ensure that there is a smart central nervous system operating behind the eyes on the street and an off-site security operations centre is made vastly more efficient by bringing intelligent video analytics into the equation. When correctly configured, the VMS will monitor live streams from around the city, looking for anything out of the ordinary and issuing an automatic alert to dispatch the appropriate response teams out into the field for immediate attention. In addition to greater visibility and control, cost-conscious municipalities will benefit from an improved use of public safety resources.

Ultimately, the only way to attract investors, bring back businesses and tourists for any redevelopment plan to have any hope of success, is through security. People want to feel safe, and this requires visible surveillance measures and effective public safety response teams in order to clean up and take back our streets.

The City of eThekweni, like many other cities, has prioritised inner city revitalisation programmes to reduce crime, and attract investment and tourists back to the area, but without addressing the urgent need to tackle crime in the inner city. Here, the municipality should be taking decisive action to reclaim the streets through technologies such as CCTV, in order to offer businesses and tourists security and peace of mind.

For more information contact Graphic Image Technologies, +27 11 483 0333, [email protected],


Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

IDIS releases latest-generation 6 MP and 8 MP PTZ cameras
CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
IDIS has launched four new 8 MP and 6 MP PTZ cameras that deliver excellent image quality and extend the company’s trusted NDAA-compliant lineup.

Eagle Eye introduces ‘Smart Video Search’
Eagle Eye Networks CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Eagle Eye Networks has introduced Eagle Eye Smart Video Search, a new feature for all customers to make searching for video as fast and easy as searching the Web.

Duxbury awarded Axis SA Distributor of the Year
Duxbury Networking News CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Axis Communications held its Annual Partner Awards on 1 July 2022 to celebrate and acknowledge the efforts of Axis’ partners by awarding them for key projects and achievements throughout the year.

AI in surveillance
Secutel Technologies CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Artificial Intelligence is the technological ability to work more efficiently and resolve problems. In the case of CCTV systems, this allows cameras with intelligence to identify certain objects and support ...

Custom AI video analytics with AxxonSoft
LD Africa CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
The AxxonSoft development team trains neural networks to tackle out-of-the-ordinary projects, including unusual viewing angles, difficult lighting, particular object types, thermal camera use and more.

Passion, drive and hard work
Technews Publishing Editor's Choice CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Security Services & Risk Management
Colleen Glaeser is a leader in the security market, having made her mark in the male-dominated security industry through determination and hard work, along with a vision of making the world a safer place.

Cybersecure surveillance cameras
HiTek Security Distributors News CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Cyber Security
Provision-ISR builds customer trust and opens up new opportunities with Check Point Quantum IoT Protect Firmware built into Provision-ISR cameras.

Branches and roots
Cathexis Technologies CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Cathexis is a locally owned South African company where development engineers in the Durban office continue to innovate and improve the company’s video surveillance management systems.

Secutel expands into Africa and the UAE
Secutel Technologies CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Secutel Technologies expands into the African security technology market in a new partnership with RedWall Synergy and Total Secure Automation.

Cathexis releases Carbon, a new user-friendly GUI
Cathexis Technologies News CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Cathexis has launched its latest user interface, Carbon 3.1, with an enhanced feature set, offering improved performance.