Edinburgh's £2.6m CCTV Replacement
Edinburgh City Council invests £2.6million to replace CCTV cameras that are "too old to be maintained".
16:43 12 August 2021
Edinburgh City Council has confirmed plans to upgrade its CCTV network as part of its Digital and Smart City Strategy.
The scheme, which will cost £2.6million, aims to replace old CCTV cameras in a bid to improve safety and security for both residents and business owners. The council said that the technology would help operators alert emergency services to any live incidents as well as help monitor how people travel around the city centre.
The council will work with Renfrew-based North SV Limited in upgrading the CCTV network and with British Telecommunications, which will be responsible for providing the required fibre network for the scheme.
A spokesperson for Edinburgh City Council said: “Many of Edinburgh’s CCTV cameras are no longer made and can no longer be maintained.
“Upgrading our CCTV system will improve our proactive monitoring and response to events in the city.
“Operators will be able to alert the emergency services to incidents and provide real time information to help them.
“We will start changing equipment in 2021 and the upgrade will continue into 2022.
“We don’t expect the upgrade to cause disruption to people as we are replacing the cameras and not the CCTV columns.
“As well as helping keep people safe, the new intelligent system will show us how people interact with the environment – whether that’s travelling on foot, by bike or in a vehicle.”