Burswood WA – Today Willetton based company ETCorp demonstrated a smart new technology, which will improve community safety in the City of Belmont, to representatives from local councils, the police, Office of Crime Prevention and State government.
The technology is part of a $1.4 million “Safer Suburbs” project and was officially commissioned by Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O’Connor and Federal Member, Steve Irons at a ceremony last week. Unlike traditional CCTV systems, the state of the art technology has enabled the City of Belmont to establish a partnership with the community; enabling business and residential communities to work together.
Shaun Nancarrow, Coordinator of the City of Belmont’s Crime Prevention and Ranger Services, demonstrated how the system will be used to help local communities work together to combat crime. Intelligent technology brings together the cameras in the “Eyes on the Street” patrol vehicles, along with those on commercial to residential buildings in the Kooyong Road area. If an alarm is raised the system will move the cameras to show the incident and send a text message alert to the security patrol. Police, security and emergency services can also access the live feed from all relevant cameras.
Speaking at the presentation today Mayor of Belmont, Glenys Godfrey recognised the benefits of an integrated approach. “The safety and security of the City’s residents, businesses and visitors is paramount to Belmont City Council. I believe that the demonstration we have just witnessed brings together CCTV, alarm Systems, other technologies and resources to maximise the capacity of our prevention and response”, she said.
The importance of working together was also emphasised by Mike Coe from the Office of Crime Prevention. “Crime is no longer solely a police issue, to be effective we need to take a collaborative, holistic approach”.
This message was echoed by Steve Harrison of the WA Police, who spoke about the importance of building partnerships to ensure the success of the Blue Iris CCTV database project. “Blue Iris is a template for government moving towards integration. In the absence of integration and products that support integration, we won’t have a community strategy for CCTV.”
Unlike regular video technology, ETCorp's GPAC System™ is designed to help people to collaborate and CEO Martin Cebis stressed the importance of people working together. "ETCorp is part of a team of people who have come together to deliver the solution for Belmont. We need to all work together on the difficult environmental and social problems that we face", he said.
Technology has provided the City of Belmont with an innovative solution to the problem of monitoring both commercial and domestic properties; businesses and residents can now work together with authorities to enjoy a safer environment. Following installation of the new system, graffiti in the Kooyong Road area has been significantly reduced.
ETCorp is a highly innovative developer of people centred monitoring systems for industrial, commercial, government and military applications. The company’s GPAC System™ delivers More Than Video™. It provides a software platform that enables integration of an organisation’s operations using multiple cameras, sensors and devices; allowing real time data sharing across multiple locations and between multiple stakeholders via a secure web browser. ETCorp operates internationally from offices in Australia, the USA, and Europe.
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