Parkes Shire Council’s Anthony McGrath, network & systems engineer Mitch Miles, Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM, Chief Inspector David Cooper, and Probationary Constable Michael Whiting.

An Avigilon video surveillance solution, which includes 91 cameras supported by Avigilon ACC 7 with AI capabilities, has been installed to protect public space in the Central Western town of Parkes.

Parkes Shire Council’s video surveillance solution incorporates 91 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, including bullets and multi-sensor cameras, located throughout the Parkes CBD, from the Star Hotel to the Railway bridge. The CCTV system is built around 20 wireless links to provide connectivity between sites, with all cameras able to be accessed and monitored in real time from Parkes Police Station.

Parkes Shire Council partnered with Central West Police District to roll out the final phase of upgrades to the Parkes central business district (CBD) security network, which was funded by the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund. The final phase saw the installation of 24 new cameras, a video management solution incorporating artificial intelligence software, as well as a new video workstation based at Parkes Police Station.

The $A226,306 grant enabled Council to install new CCTV cameras, signage and upgrade 16 old analogue cameras. The grant also allowed Council to erect 9 solar security lights and purchase a portable CCTV system with 7 cameras, as well as purchasing removable bollards to integrate with its existing security system. The mobile CCTV trailer can be deployed at any events and areas of concern. The trailer has 4 cameras providing 360-degree vision around the trailer at eye level and 3 PTZ cameras on a mast to provide coverage to areas up to 450 metres away. The trailer is integrated into the management system and can be viewed at the police station in real time.

The project involved upgrading the existing analogue CCTV cameras at the Parkes taxi rank, as well as installing new CCTV cameras in Welcome Street, Grenfell Street, Lower Bogan Street and at the Parkes Railway footbridge. Meanwhile, new solar security lighting has been installed in Jansen Lane (behind the Cambridge Hotel), at the Parkes Railway Station footbridge precinct to support CCTV, and in Grenfell Street.

Officer in charge of Parkes Police, Chief Inspector Dave Cooper said Parkes Shire Council had driven a great initiative.

“Parkes Police use the CCTV system as part of a suite of investigative options,” Cooper said. “Being able to view and review incidents in real time means that police can utilise the full functionality of the system and act quickly. The CCTV is a major part of our crime prevention and detection strategies. I would like to thank Parkes Shire Council for their support and collaborative approach to crime prevention.

“Statistics indicate that these precincts are busy areas for anti-social activity, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. This project will help mitigate some of these problems and greatly improve community safety and wellbeing.”

Meanwhile, Parkes Shire mayor, councillor Ken Keith OAM said the grant had enabled Parkes to invest in a new security network and adequate lighting throughout the central business district, which helped to improve safety for the community.”

“Thank you to Parkes Police, who worked closely with us to identify the hot spots for anti-social behaviour and crime throughout town, Keith said. “The new system will act as a deterrent for crime and anti-social behaviour, assist police monitor and reduce these crimes, mitigate the threat posed by hostile vehicles and improve the perception of safety in the community.”

The H4A bullet camera used at Parkes features an integrated lens with remote focus and zoom control and is ONVIF compliant. Embedded with Avigilon self-learning video analytics and Unusual Motion Detection (UMD) technology, H4A cameras are designed to integrate seamlessly with Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software and provide object detection and classification capabilities.

Meanwhile, the H4 Multisensor camera line combines Avigilon self-learning video analytics with exceptional coverage, featuring 3 or 4 individually adjustable camera sensors that can be positioned to monitor virtually any area. Smart analytics recognize threats without predefined rules to help operators detect, verify and act faster. This camera has up to 32MP resolution and content adaptive IR technology provides up to 30m IR range in low light conditions.

Avigilon Control Center (ACC) 7 is the latest and most advanced version of ACC video management software. ACC 7 provides an easy-to-use, AI-enabled user interface to help ensure critical events do not go unnoticed. Avigilon Cloud Services enable users to connect existing ACC sites to the cloud for easy and secure remote access to your ACC video via the web or mobile app, without complicated firewall port forwarding or time-consuming user configuration.

Focus of Attention uses AI to detect and flag events that may require operator attention, highlighting motion in blue, analytic events in teal, face watch list matches in yellow and alarms in red so that they can easily see where action is required. New appearance alerts capability in ACC 7 software utilizes AI to accelerate response times by identifying people in recorded footage, such as lost children.