New CCTV and ANPR System

West Chester Commercial Business Improvement District (BID) has invested in a new CCTV and ANPR system to enhance safety and security on the estate and help tackle climate change.

Comprising 54 CCTV cameras and three specialist ANPR cameras, the infrastructure has been installed at 14 different locations, and officially went live earlier this year.

AI technology has been utilised throughout, with all of the cameras featuring improved searching and monitoring capabilities, as well as audio and AI analytics.

The system also enables the BID to gather a range of metrics that it will use to inform its future environmental strategies.

This includes capturing the fuel types of vehicles using the estate and their European emissions ratings.
For some time West Chester BID has been reviewing plans relating to net zero and emissions, with the new CCTV and ANPR system providing crucial data to help the organisation create a roadmap to a greener and cleaner BID area for members and their employees.

Another benefit of the new system is that businesses can now access ultra-fast broadband using the same Wi-Fi and fibre networks that have been deployed too.

The project was overseen by OneTek, a Business IT, Telecoms and CCTV Solutions provider, which is based in Winsford.

Commenting on the completion of the project, Chair of the West Chester Commercial BID Executive Board, Jordi J Morell, said:
“I’m thrilled that the CCTV and ANPR project is now complete. It has been a long process with numerous challenges to overcome along the way, but we now truly have a pioneering system that will benefit both the BID and its businesses for many years to come.

“There will be a number of opportunities for businesses to engage with the BID in order to effectively understand and utilise the capabilities of the system, so please do get involved when the chance arises.”
Lee Donaghey, Managing Director, OneTek, said:

“It has been a pleasure to engage with the BID board regarding this project. The result is not only a cutting-edge security system, but also a tremendous source of reportable information.

“There has also been a lot of interest in this project beyond West Chester BID. People are keen to see how we deploy these technologies to create a truly SMART place for West Chester BID and its resident businesses.”

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