CCTV up and run­ning- soon

South Waikato News - - Your Health - LUKE KIRKEBY

De­spite con­tin­ued de­lays the South Waikato District Coun­cil is hope­ful CCTV net­works in Toko­roa and Pu­taruru will fi­nally be up and run­ning within two weeks.

As­sets Group man­ager Ted An­der­son said sev­eral fac­tors have con­trib­uted to de­lays in get­ting the sys­tem up and run­ning.

‘‘The work has been sched­uled to start sev­eral times how­ever bad weather has called off the works and then con­trac­tors were booked for other jobs that they couldn’t de­lay, so it was a case of booking a slot with them again,’’ he said.

‘‘This has been un­for­tu­nate but be­yond the coun­cil’s con­trol.’’

An­der­son said the net­work in­stal­la­tion in Toko­roa was fur­ther de­layed when the cur­rent CCTV cam­era sys­tem in Pu­taruru failed com­pletely.

‘‘Works in Toko­roa were re­fo­cused back to Pu­taruru as the Po­lice were ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing CCTV footage in that town­ship, since Pu­taruru has had CCTV for a num­ber of years,’’ he said.

He said fur­ther com­pli­ca­tions arose due to the works re­quir­ing the co­or­di­na­tion of three sep­a­rate con­trac­tors (a net­work de­signer, hard­ware in­staller and a cam­era se­cu­rity provider).

An­der­son said for cost efficiency, the CCTV cam­era project in Toko­roa was also dove­tailed with the in­stal­la­tion of a public wifi ini­tia­tive which re­sulted in some com­pat­i­bil­ity is­sues that needed to be worked through. But it’s not all bad news. ‘‘What has re­sulted from work­ing through these is­sues is a sys­tem that is far more ro­bust than orig­i­nally planned and one that will de­liver higher per­for­mance. Some­times great things are worth the wait,’’ he said.

He said the de­lays were not adding to costs and while not yet avail­able they are ex­pected to be on bud­get.

The Pu­taruru sys­tem is ex­pected to cost around $60,000 and the Toko­roa sys­tem around $80,000. There will be six cam­eras in Toko­roa and four in Pu­taruru.

An­der­son said the coun­cil shares the frus­tra­tions of the po­lice and the com­mu­nity with the con­tin­ued de­lays and was pleased the sys­tem would soon be up and run­ning.

‘‘We are ex­cited about get­ting this project in both Pu­taruru and Toko­roa com­pleted and work­ing for the safety of our com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.