Edinburgh Wins Backing for CCTV Upgrade
Edinburgh City Council secures £712,000 from the European Regional Development Fund for its CCTV upgrade.
09:57 30 July 2020
City of Edinburgh Council's scheme to upgrade its CCTV network has received a financial boost from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project is part of the city's smart city programme that aims to explore how CCTV upgrades can be used alongside traffic management systems and the roll-out of fibre broadband and 5G.
The scheme will see 13 cameras installed at Saughton Park eco-powered greenspace in a bid to curve anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Cammy Day, deputy leader of City of Edinburgh Council and its smart cities lead, said: "Particularly as our city grows, CCTV is going to be a key tool to support the safety of the public and wider community, deterring and preventing anti-social behaviour and crime.
"The wellbeing of our communities is of the utmost importance and a smarter camera system will help us make sure that residents and visitors are well cared for, and that our local communities are supported and kept safe, for many years to come.
"I'm pleased to see such a significant amount of European funding directed towards this scheme and others which form part of our developing Smart City programme."