BUSINESS INSIDER: These Joburg suburbs will have 1,400 cameras that read licence plates before the end of 2020

3rd December 2020

By the end of December, 1,400 licence-plate recognition cameras will be installed in dozens of Johannesburg suburbs as part of a deal between the security company Fidelity and CCTV company Vumacam.

The cameras are installed by Vumacam and connected to its parent company Vumatel’s fibre network, which feeds the video into Fidelity’s command centre, where it is monitored in real time and stored for 30 days.

“Crime fighting needs to be done in an organised and collaborative manner and linking the largest public space CCTV network with the largest security fleet in the country will certainly make a big impact on crime,” said Vumacam CEO, Ricky Croock.

The two companies started a partnership earlier this year which saw them roll out of a smart camera network across Bassonia, Glenvista, Mulbarton and Glenanda in Johannesburg, which included 27 licence-plate recognition cameras (each with its own pole) and 54 overview cameras.

This has now been extended to add cameras to 75 Johannesburg suburbs:

  • Abbotsford
  • Allens Nek
  • Aanwins AH
  • Aston Manor
  • Aston Manor
  • Birchleigh AH
  • Birchleigh
  • Bedfordview
  • Bordeaux South
  • Blairgowrie
  • Bonaero Park
  • Bramley
  • Bramley View
  • Birchleigh North
  • Bryanston
  • Boskruin
  • Cheltondale
  • Constantia Kloof
  • Douglasdale
  • Discovery
  • Eden Glen
  • Epsom Downs
  • Ferndale
  • Fairland
  • Florida North
  • Florida Glen
  • Fourways
  • The Gardens
  • Glenvista
  • Helderkruin
  • Highlands North
  • Houghton Estate
  • Horison
  • Hyde Park
  • Kloofendal
  • Killarney
  • Kramerville
  • Linden
  • Lonehill
  • Linksfield
  • Lyme Park
  • Mondeor
  • Morningside
  • Maraisburg
  • Montroux
  • Northcliff
  • Norkem Park
  • Northriding
  • Northwold
  • Norwood
  • Northmead
  • Oaklands
  • Orchards
  • Olivedale
  • Olivedale
  • Jhb North
  • Praegville
  • Parkhurst
  • Parkwood
  • Quellerina
  • Roodekrans
  • Ridgeway
  • Randpark Ridge
  • Sandhurst
  • Savoy Estate
  • Sebenza
  • Sundowner
  • Strubens Valley
  • Saxonwold
  • Waverley
  • Winchester Hills
  • Wilro Park
  • Witpoortjie
  • Westdene
  • Witkoppen
  • Weltevredenpark

Some three months ago, Vumacam won a court battle against the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), which refused to process its applications for wayleaves (the right to use another party’s property without owning or possessing it  to erect its cameras. The JRA contended that Vumacam was infringing on residents’ privacy by spying on their movements, but the court ruled against it.

Vumatel is owned by Remgro-controlled Community Investment holdings.

Source: Business Insider