Long-distance anti-crime camera

November 2001 Surveillance

An open circuit television (OCTV) camera which beams video pictures to personal computers and laptops via a mobile phone network has been adopted by more than 20 police forces throughout the UK for surveillance purposes. The small camera has no wires and can send or receive high quality pictures over any distance.

Developed by Shawley, an electronic company in Wales, the camera has enough memory for two months of recorded images. The more expensive systems enable footage to be stored on a digital versatile disk (DVD). Held in the palm of the hand, bolted to the wall or installed in a ceiling, the camera can pan, tilt or zoom and also respond to remote control.

The images are good enough to be used as court evidence against criminals. Law-enforcement officers can carry a palm-sized computer in their pocket with a mobile phone on their belt and a camera as big as a cigarette lighter on their lapel to collect evidence.

Encrypted transmissions prevent unauthorised viewers gaining access to the material. A personal code enables mobile phone monitoring from any part of the world and the company claims that there is no loss in picture clarity.

For further details contact Shawley Electronics, tel: (0944) 1633 619999 or www.shawley.co.uk

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