Burnley CCTV firm helps to keep Calderdale safe

The video wall installed by Eyevis. (s)
The video wall installed by Eyevis. (s)

A video wall installed by Burnley company Eyevis UK is helping to protect the people of Calderdale after being installed as part of a £680,000 upgrade of the area’s CCTV system.

Eight 47-inch displays help staff at Calderdale Council’s CCTV monitoring centre view images from 64 cameras in town centres across the borough, 24/7, 365 days a year.

The CCTV system covers town centres in Halifax, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Elland, Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge and was provided by BT Redcare Surveillance through the council’s contract with Virgin Media Business.

Eyevis UK Ltd, based in Halifax Road, Briercliffe, and with offices in London and Manchester, was formed seven years ago by Burnley man Steve Murphy, a former St Theodore’s High School pupil and an avid Clarets fan, who previously served a five year technical apprenticeship with Michelin.

It now employs seven full-time staff, as well as using sub contractors and support from other local firms in Burnley.

Mr Murphy said: “CCTV is a key tool used to detect and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in Calderdale and in 2014 helped to make over 220 arrests in the area.

“It also plays many other important roles, such as protecting iconic sites, aiding parking enforcement, helping to find missing people, monitoring river levels, managing big events and preventing suicides.

“The eyevis displays help provide higher quality pictures, improved night vision, better recording and the ability to zoom into fine detail.

“We are delighted to be part of such an important project and to work with BT Redcare Surveillance and Virgin Media Business to provide Calderdale Council with such a great monitoring system.”