Leading the way in CCTV

Article image - Leading the way in CCTV The Logan City Council security room.

Logan City Council’s continued commitment and investment in community safety will be reinforced this month with the opening of a new $1.2 million state-of-art safety camera monitoring room.

The Queensland State Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program provided $250,000 in funding towards the new monitoring room, with Council providing the remainder of the funding.

The Logan Safety Camera Program (LSCP) was established in June 2001 to bolster community safety and support the work of police.

Deputy Mayor and Safe City Advisory Committee Chairperson, Councillor Russell Lutton said since its inception more than a decade ago and in partnership with Queensland Rail and Translink the program had grown to now monitor more than 300 cameras in 30 locations across the City of Logan.

He said the monitoring room was a purpose built facility that will service Council’s needs well into the future.

“The Video Management Software is the same state-of-the-art software currently operating in the likes of Paris, Sweden and Austria’s nationwide transport and roadway monitoring systems.

“It has the ability to integrate between multiple clients and purposes with ease, allowing networks to be built with upwards of 6,000 cameras and across multiple government entities.

“Through the integration of multiple layers of technology and web-based GIS mapping the monitoring room is able to track and monitor incidents that help to identify emerging issues in safety camera precincts and stream a feed directly to local police communications rooms to allow for police to respond to, and manage incidents while in progress.”

Cr Lutton said the new monitoring room, coupled with Council’s unique proactive relationship with the Logan District Police, plays an integral role in reducing the level of crime and increases the perception of safety throughout our city.

“The monitoring room is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is monitored by two-fully trained officers.

“Council’s collaboration with the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Rail and Translink are crucial to the success of the LSCP.

“Since 2001, more than $3.5 million has been provided for network capital projects from external funding sources, with Council also contributing just $3 million.

“Now, as well as contributing funding to our new monitoring room, the Queensland Government has also provided $84,000 for our five newest cameras in the Woodridge/Logan Central CCTV network, with Council also providing $126,000 towards this project.

“These were commissioned in August last year.

“We are also in the process of finalising locations for another 25 cameras, which have been funded by a new $1.4 million dollar Federal Government grant. These cameras will be installed in Beenleigh, Greater Flagstone, Jimboomba, Loganlea, Marsden, Priestdale, Shailer Park and Waterford West.

“All will be monitored from our new facility.”