eThekweni rolls out Vumacam Smart Camera Network as part of Safer Cities campaign

2nd March 2022

Vumacam is excited to announce that the City of eThekwini will be rolling out Vumacam’s crime fighting CCTV technology across the region.

The rollout will eventually see surveillance infrastructure installed across all areas of eThekwini, with the first phase consisting of 115 poles going live at critical locations identified with the collaboration of the eThekwini Municipality, Disaster Management Centre, SAPS and the Metro Police.

Vumacam’s CCTV cameras and technology have been instrumental in assisting law enforcement and private security tackle crime in in the City of Joburg (COJ) and more recently in City of Ekurhuleni and City of Mogale.

CCTV feeds will be monitored in the eThekwini Disaster Management State-of-the-art Fusion Centre which brings the public and private sector together. Private Security Companies who apply and complete a vetting process, will have access to the camera feeds building a comprehensive security network.

The Fusion Centre was launched as part of the Safer Cities initiative which focused on creating an environment that enhances social and economic transformation in South Africa through the building of partnerships between communities and government in policing with the intention of preventing and decreasing crime rates in major cities in South Africa.

Vumacam provides high-definition video feeds that are managed via a centralised Platform from a secure datacentre.  Camera feeds provide support to SAPS and Private Security Control rooms by:

  • Alerting them to crimes in progress or potential crime situations to monitor and investigate
  • Using CCTV footage for formal investigations into criminal acts by safely storing incident footage for investigative purposes.
  • Providing situational awareness to better inform and protect on the ground response teams
  • Reducing response times through accurate deployment of resources
  • Collaboration and sharing of criminal activity to ensure enhanced apprehensions

All feeds and systems comply with privacy regulations.

Vumacam CEO Ricky Croock says “We hope to bring eThekwini the benefits that Gauteng communities have enjoyed, knowing that the support we offer to the police, security companies and private citizens, ensures safer cities for everyone. The more we expand the network, the larger the exponential impact on crime and the more support we can provide through collaboratively tackling crime over vast areas.

 “Crime in our country has reached epidemic proportions but the collaborative impact of technology and manpower will play a vital role in turning the tide and we look forward to engaging with municipalities across the country to assist their objectives to build safer, smarter, cities.” he says.

As a leading provider of video management-as-a-service , Vumacam deploys hi-tech Licence-Plate Recognition (LPR) and CCTV cameras strategically across entire suburbs on a solid fibre network. This ensures a consistent, reliable and quality feed into security control rooms, using intelligent video analytics – from licence plate recognition to the real-time detection of unusual behaviour.