Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/05/tfl_cctv_deals/

TfL signs £27.6m road CCTV deals

Easynet and Serco contracted in

By Kable

Posted in Government, 5th May 2010 09:26 GMT

Transport for London has awarded Easynet and Serco contracts to upgrade its CCTV cameras monitoring roads.

As part of a project to upgrade the transport authority's CCTV system, it has signed a £22.6m deal with Easynet to deliver data transmission, network integration and support services.

It has also signed a separate £5m deal with Serco to help it move its current analogue CCTV system to digital. Both deals were recorded in the Official Journal of the European Union on 28 April 2010.

"This would improve the flexibility and feature set of the surveillance system, allow users (which include, the Metropolitan Police and London boroughs) and operators to improve the traffic flow of London's road network and bring the CCTV network up to date using the latest digital technology," it says.

The contract will include the provision of a telecoms network and a suite of IP-based communication services, predominantly fixed line, which will be available to be ordered as required.

A spokesperson for TfL told GC News: "What this means is that we are using an analogue connection from BT, but we are using Easynet for an IP communication network. They are providing a managed service, much like the contract we had with BT. The contract will last for six years."

In a separate £5m deal, Serco will migrate TfL's current street analogue CCTV network to a digital and IP-based system. The authority says this will cover its surveillance capabilities and help operators to manage the flow of traffic on London's road.

"Serco will not supply cameras, because we are upgrading the existing cameras from analogue to digital," said a TfL spokesperson. "It's a bit like having a set top box on your television, with Easynet providing the communication network to cameras on the street."

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