Hampshire based Telindus, the network services provider, has been chosen to design, implement and support an IP switched network CCTV system as part of the UK Highways Agency’s National Roads Services Telecommunications Services (NRTS) project.
The project will provide a national digital system linking more than 14,000 message signs, emergency telephones, up to 4,000 CCTV cameras and traffic monitoring systems to the Highway Agency’s network of traffic control centres. Whilst primarily designed to provide a road safety monitoring system, it will also give drivers real time travel information to plan their journeys, and create safer roads, thanks to the nationwide distribution of CCTV footage to travel information and navigation companies.
The Telindus solution gives The Highways Agency fully integrated video surveillance, which means real-time images from the roadside can be viewed and recorded across the entire network. The system gives regional control centres greater visibility of the road network over a wider area, resulting in more effective management of the network and appropriate response to incidents.
Mark Hutchinson, Managing Director of Telindus UK says, “The Highways Agency wanted to consolidate disparate systems and maximise the use of their fibre optic network. The technology that Telindus have deployed is ideal as it is able to record high quality video images on a reliable image recording device and provide low latency (low delay) images across the network.”
Telindus are subcontracted by Alcatel, acting as telecoms design authority for the GeneSYS consortium.
GeneSYS, headed by Fluor, one of the world’s largest publicly owned engineering, construction and maintenance services organisations, also includes HSBC, Mott Mc Donald and Peek Traffic. The consortium will manage the project on behalf of the UK Highways Agency.
Bob Herritty, Sales Director Private Markets, Alcatel says, “Telindus has an excellent track-record in implementing best-of-breed technology solutions. The system is able to deal with many different users’ access video from across the network, which is exactly what the Highways Agency was looking for.”