Prime Minister Tony Blair?s former school is planning to install a CCTV system designed by Scottish Communication Systems (SCS).
Fettes College in Edinburgh is to be fitted with cameras hidden in Regency-style lamps to meet building regulations. Paul Gibson, Managing Director of Perth-based SCS said the seven cameras are to go in and around the main school building, and the girls? boarding houses. All the images will be stored on computer disc. He said: “Since the main building is listed, we?ve had to design special Regency-style lamps which will house the cameras so that they can blend in.” The system can transmit pictures to laptop computers of senior staff. The CCTV is primarily designed to deter intruders. A planning application for the scheme is with Edinburgh City Council. Fettes College head teacher Michael Spens said: “The interesting thing about this system is that anyone with special access codes will be able to view images through our inhouse IT system which we spent œ400,000 installing a couple of years ago. It means we will be able to see what?s going on from any point in the school where we can plug a laptop computer into. We may expand the camera system if it proves to work well.”