Mi­dle­ton’s long-awaited CCTV sys­tem com­ing into focus within six weeks

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

Street cam­eras mon­i­tor­ing pub­lic ar­eas in Mi­dle­ton will be ready for use within six weeks.

Sev­eral mini-pil­lars and metering cab­i­nets have al­ready re­cently been in­stalled at lo­ca­tions along St Mary’s Road, Cork Road and Mill Road.

Camera poles and CCTV will be in­stalled shortly but most of the town’s 26 planned cam­eras will be placed on build­ings in the main thor­ough­fares, as well as on town ex­its.

A report to the East Cork Mu­nic­i­pal District said “dis­cus­sions and in­spec­tions” have been held re­gard­ing re­lay point lo­ca­tions of wire­less trans­mis­sion units”, with a wayleave agreement now pre­pared. Installation of record­ing equip­ment will fol­low once the trans­mis­sion units are in place.

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The sys­tem, be­ing in­stalled by Mun­ster-based ADA Se­cu­rity Sys­tems, was ini­ti­ated by the for­mer Mi­dle­ton Town Coun­cil when it set aside €108,000 for the pur­pose in 2013. The sys­tem will cover up to a dozen town cen­tre ar­eas and ad­join­ing routes and will in­clude au­to­matic num­ber plate recog­ni­tion, which will recog­nise false num­ber plates from a data base.

While the cam­eras may be ready to roll in six weeks, it reEngi­neer­ing mains un­clear who will store the recorded data. Un­der re­cent data pro­tec­tion leg­is­la­tion a third party, such as the gar­dai, can­not both store and utilise the data col­lected but must ap­ply to a third party, with­out a vested in­ter­est, to view or ac­quire the footage.

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