Secure Engineering recently installed a CCTV security system at London’s only purpose-built centre for adult education, to protect their student lounges from vandalism and theft.
CityLit was formed in 1919, and moved to its current location in Covent Garden in 2005. It offers over 5,000 courses to more than 30,000 students each year. Currently undergoing major improvement work, the eight storey building is a welcoming, open space for adults looking to gain qualifications and learn new skills.
Open buildings however, can be vulnerable to crime. Opportunistic thieves had used crowbars to force open and steal money from vending machines on three occasions in one year, causing damage, inconvenience, repair costs and loss of revenue to the institution.
CityLit needed CCTV cameras in five student lounges, each on different floors of the building. They selected Secure Engineering’s offer of a stand-alone IP system, rather than integrating it into the existing analogue system. This was a cost effective, efficient solution that allows for additional cameras to be added at a later date.
Systems Design Manager Chris Owen designed the IP system using vandal resistant 1.3 megapixel CCTV cameras with Infrared capabilities, to allow for excellent picture quality in all light conditions. These discreet dome cameras link via a network to an eight-port Network Video Recorder, where images and recordings can be viewed.
In addition, by using Power Over Ethernet (POE) our Engineers were able to power all of the cameras directly from the NVR with a single CAT5 cable running to each one. This reduced the installation costs significantly, by removing the need for a mains power supply at each camera position.
‘Secure Engineers take everything thrown at them,’ explains Richard Kelly, CityLit’s Facilities and Procurement Officer. ‘They have good communication skills and know what they are doing. When you’ve been in the industry a while, you don’t want to mess around. You want people that you can rely on to get the job done. That’s why we use Secure Engineering.’