West Yorkshire Combined Authority is working with BT to upgrade CCTV coverage at more than 25 of its West Yorkshire bus stations – and install public Wi-Fi at eight of them.
Around 260 new Bosch HD cameras connected to a high-speed CCTV fibre network will replace the current analogue cameras at bus stations and other locations.
In partnership with BT, the Combined Authority is rolling out the five-year, £1.2m scheme, which will also see improvements made to the Combined Authority’s CCTV monitoring centre in Leeds.
The partnership will also see publicly available Wi-Fi installed in public spaces at eight bus stations. Station staff will be equipped with new personal mobile radios, and increased capacity for video recording will be created at the Leeds monitoring centre.
Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “Passengers and staff tell us our CCTV coverage helps them feel more secure when using our Metro Bus Stations, transport hubs and interchanges.
“Although only a tiny number of the three million-plus journeys made though our bus stations each year are affected by anti-social incidents, we take them all very seriously and this important scheme will improve the quality of CCTV coverage and the way we can store images and video.
“Additionally, this upgrade to a fully digital system is set to save the Combined Authority a five-figure sum every year, meaning it will have paid for itself in just four years.”
Although bus station surveillance is a new area of work for BT, the company has been a CCTV partner for West Yorkshire Combined Authority and its predecessors for more than ten years.
Brian Jackson, head of sales at BT’s Redcare Surveillance, said: “This is a new and exciting opportunity for us. Having previously had a number of suppliers providing separate contracts for CCTV at bus stations, West Yorkshire Combined Authority wanted to consolidate to a single source and gain more advantage from our faster, fibre surveillance network.
“We‘re the only supplier able to provide this comprehensive approach as part of our CCTV service while at the same time ensuring maximum efficiency.”
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together the public sector – made up of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York councils – and private sector, through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
It is the accountable body for the Leeds City Region £1 billion-plus Local Growth Deal between the LEP and central government designed to help transform the Leeds City Region economy. Last year (2016/17), the Combined Authority invested more £270m to boost jobs and growth across the whole of City Region.
Its collective vision is for the Leeds City Region to be recognised globally as a place of inclusive growth where everyone has the opportunity to combine economic prosperity with an outstanding quality of life, supported by world-class connectivity.
Together with the LEP, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority aims to deliver 35,700 additional net jobs and £3.7bn additional economic output by 2036 to help unlock the Leeds City Region’s full economic potential.
It also operates the Metro network of bus stations, travel centres and public transport information as well as the CityConnect cycling programme. Read more on the Metro and CityConnect websites or follow @MetroTravelNews and @CityConnect1 on Twitter or West Yorkshire Metro on Facebook.
Leeds City Region
The Leeds City Region is a £64.6 billion economy and the biggest economic contributor to the Northern Powerhouse.
It is home to the UK’s largest regional financial centre, has more manufacturing jobs than anywhere in the country and a growing digital technology sector now worth more than £6.6 billion.
The Leeds City Region has one of the highest concentrations of Further and Higher Education facilities in Europe with 14 FE colleges and nine HE institutions.
More than three million people live in the Leeds City Region, including a workforce of 1.9 million,
There are more than 119,000 businesses across the Leeds City Region, 99% of which are small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The City Region recorded its highest levels of Foreign Direct Investment in the EY Attractiveness Survey 2017.
BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was £24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m.
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