Leeds Castle Foundation has developed its CCTV system, prompted in part by the rising number of high-profile visitors for conferences.
Leeds Castle cameras also be used for observing the extensive grounds where thousands of visitors enjoy a range of activities at the heritage site ? from concerts to fireworks. The CCTV contract went to installers Secure Engineering. Besides supplying the equipment the Maidstone-based installers have assisted Leeds Castle with the development of its own on-site CCTV control room. The installers faced the challenge that, because of the sheer size of the estate, some of the cameras are up to 1.5km from the control room. Cat 5 cabling was installed at a fraction of the cost of traditional fibre-optic cabling. Andrew Wells, Curator at Leeds Castle, says: ?An up to date CCTV system is essential nowadays. It provides us with an extremely valuable tool to ensure all our visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience. Secure Engineering has colour-coded both the cameras and the camera columns in matt black to ensure that they are as unobtrusive as possible.? The colour cameras provide 360 degree coverage with no trailing cables, and a 22 x zoom capability. Among Secure Engineering?s customers are Connex, Kent County Council, Thames Water, the Ministry of Defence, the Prison Service, Babtie Traffic Systems, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Powergen and the Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham.