Scottish Communications Group are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the tender for the Tayside Procurement Consortium Smart City CCTV project.

The TPC (Tayside Procurement Consortium) is a collaborative public-sector procurement organisation created by the three Tayside Councils of Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross to deliver overall efficiency for the Councils.  Since its inception in 2008, the three Councils have formally reported more than £16.5 million in procurement savings to date.

This exciting and visionary £1m project, which is part funded by ERDF Smart Cities and forms part of the overall larger 8th City vision for the whole of Scotland involves completely replacing the CCTV viewing and recording equipment within the current command and control room located within Police Scotland Headquarters, Dundee.   The current  individually operated Public Space CCTV systems around Angus, Perth and Kinross and Dundee will be brought back to this centralised location and operated from there on a continuous shift pattern, round the clock.

Existing city centre cameras will also be replaced as part of a phased upgrade.  This will bring the additional benefits of Ultra High Definition images and camera-based smart analytics into the new Veracity VIEWSCAPE platform.

Overall, this is a major step forward in the consortium’s aim of being a role model “Smart City”.  The implemented software solution by Scottish Communications Group shall now allow a multitude of systems, such as vehicle or device GPS tracking, intercom, alarms, traffic management and network-based systems, to name just a few, to be brought back and integrated to the new command and control software platform.

As part of the overall vision, the new Dundee Safety and Alarm Response Centre (SARC) also designed and installed by Scottish Communications Group, will feed into the project. This will provide another level of integration and resilience across the initiative.

Key benefits that the Smart City initiative shall bring are creating safer communities, allowing more effective data driven decision making, reduced environmental footprint, improved transportation and reduced costs.

Stuart Leslie, Director, Scottish Communications Group, commented:

‘We are delighted to have been selected by the Tayside councils to supply CCTV solutions to assist them in their goal of establishing Smart Cities by providing fast, reliable and flexible CCTV systems.  Intelligent data is now becoming essential to the productivity and well-being of residents in towns and cities, and SCG are proud to play a part in the establishment of Smart Cities.  We look forward to supporting the Tayside Councils on their journey.’

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