Lydstep Flats – Update

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The flats were visit by Councillors and Senior Council Officers recently.  The update regarding the proposed CCTV system for 1-42 (Block 1), 43-84 (Block 2) & 85-126 (Block 3) is summarised below.

Main objectives of upgraded system:

To standardise CCTV system specification.
To enable clear identification of any miscreants within the range of the cameras.
To provide continuous recording of all cameras in the system.
To identify callers using the door entry intercom at the main entrance.
To help prevent fly tipping around the bin stores (identify vehicles used).
To enable remote monitoring of high rise blocks.
To improve CCTV signage to meet requirements of data protection act.

Existing systems (same for all three Lydstep flat blocks):
Four high level external cameras covering; access road from Lydstep Cres., front entrance, rear garages & rear exit/bin stores.
Two internal cameras covering; from entrance & lifts ground floor.
No lift car cameras.
No recording equipment.
All six cameras currently transmitted as one stream via communal TV distribution system, so all tenants with access to TV can view and record within their flat.
All six cameras are low resolution i.e. less than 400TVL.
Existing camera locations are adequate, however there is a clear need to change the camera type/lens to capture vehicle registrations fly tipping to rear of block and also improve the ease by which residents can identify visitors using door entry system.

Recommend:

All cameras to be upgraded, and type changed to dome, low light, high resolution, vandal resistant with wide dynamic range.
All cameras have vari-focal colour lens to allow correct framing.
Installing a digital video recorder (DVR) with built in DVR-R  with remote monitoring option so that cameras can be viewed by PC or handheld device.
Install a new 17″CCTV TFT LCD monitor, to allow Council staff and/or police to review footage of any incident.

The housing department is still working on a ‘city wide’ system that links up all of the high rise flats in Cardiff. The funding for the system has not yet been confirmed, although officers have submitted a request for the system to be funded from the capital Programme.

When this funding is agreed, residents will be informed accordingly.

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