Sheffield surveillance firm Synectics helps City of London look to the clouds

Surveillance firm Synectics has been awarded a multi-million-pound project by the City of London Corporation and the City of London Police as part of the Secure City Programme.

Paul Webb, chief executive of Synectics, said: "We are delighted that the City of London has placed its trust in Synectics to support its Secure City Programme."

The project, which comprises a large innovative, cloud-based surveillance control system, is expected to be substantially delivered in 2021, with ongoing maintenance and support over five years.

It will see Sheffield-based Synectics deliver one of the industry's first enterprise-level cloud solutions for public space surveillance.

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The Secure City Programme is a joint initiative between the City of London Corporation and City of London Police to significantly improve the safety of Square Mile residents, workers and visitors

Synectics will support delivery of a number of the City's Secure City Programme initiatives.

The Synectics initiative will transform situational awareness, identifying risk, prioritising threats and supporting real-time responsive action across one of the world's leading financial districts.

Using integrated native cloud technology, the solution will bypass traditional dependencies on local hardware storage and meet the City's "Cloud First" objectives.

Synectics will deploy the latest cloud-based capabilities within its Synergy platform, alongside its recording management software and integrated video analytics capability.

This approach will analyse live video surveillance from hundreds of City-owned and third-party camera sources, including other police services and local transport operators, to deliver a new model for real time incident management.

Using the newly released Synergy mobile application, the City's central control room will connect over 100 mobile users to enable rapid responses in the field.

Paul Webb, chief executive of Synectics, said: "We are delighted that the City of London has placed its trust in Synectics to support its Secure City Programme.

"The City of London is going beyond any other public space project we currently have in operation, using Synergy to deliver the most complete cloud-based video-driven surveillance in a major city centre today."

"Our work with the City is the latest stage in our Synergy platform evolution. Our ability to provide a seamless transition path to hybrid and cloud deployments enables operators to take advantage of cloud benefits in a way that suits their individual security, surveillance and operational management demands.

"We look forward to working with the City team to bring their vision to reality."

T/Commander David Evans said: "Our aim is to ensure the City is the safest city area in the world. Synectics shares our vision for the future of fully integrated public space security and surveillance and we are confident their team can provide a future-proof platform to help us achieve the aims of ourselves and the City of London Corporation."

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