In the world of security, Chester-le-Street has put itself on the map by switching its local authority CCTV recording medium.
Chester-le-Street, the headquarters of Durham County Cricket Club, became famous in a way when a contestant on the ITV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire did not know that above fact, to win œ1m. In the world of security, Chester-le-Street has put itself on the map by switching its local authority CCTV recording medium; the system has moved to digital recording from the traditional multiplexer and video recorders. The town has some 11 pan and tilt plettac cameras, monitored from the police station on a Baxall Pyramid control system. Installers of the Videcon digital recording system are County Durham firm Cam-Tec, who have maintained the town?s cameras for about four years. Cam-Tec Managing Director told Professional Security: ?We have installed the facility to accommodate 80 cameras because they have visions of expansion; they are looking for surrounding areas to go on-line.? He added: ?This is the new generation of recording mediums. The thing they liked about it was the archive material; they don?t have to keep loads and loads of tapes. It?s all stored on hard disc, so it?s easier to manage and keep control of. And the quality is far superior as well.? Carol Kay, who manages the service for Chester-le-Street District Council, said: ?We successfully applied for Home Office CCTV Challenge funding and received œ29,000 to upgrade recording and storage facilities. This gives us the opportunity to expand in the future and provide an even better service in the district.?