Glasgow City Council is considering the installation of more than 400 ‘super intelligent’ CCTV cameras which could be used to prevent terrorism and suicides.
The project is one of several that the City Council is looking at with the aid of a £24 UK government grant, offered by the Technology Strategy Board, a body set up in 2007 to stimulate technology-enabled innovation.
What are described as ‘super intelligent public space CCTV cameras’ will replace the existing network, with operators based in a new technology operations hub in the east end headquarters of Glasgow Community and Safety Services, alongside specialists from the team in charge of the city’s traffic lights and traffic cameras, who currently work from separate bases.
It is hoped to buy cameras which could automatically detect unusual activity, such as unattended bags, or people on bridge parapets, before alerting the emergency services.
On Monday the Council said it was now beginning to put in place the framework to bring its wider vision to life.
City council leader Gordon Matheson said: “Winning this funding was a major coup for Glasgow. Now we’re putting the teams and infrastructure in place to realise the potential of a hugely ambitious and far-reaching programme which will permeate all sectors of city life.
“This flagship programme may be in its infancy but, once complete, we hope it will provide a blueprint for other cities to follow.”
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