All four venues were provided with a combination of static and Pan Tilt & Zoom (PTZ) cameras from Bosch, JVC and Pelco. The majority of camera feeds were sent back as analogue signals, with subsequent picture encoding into MPEG-4 signals carried out via Bosch VIPX encoders. Recording involved an ISCI RAID hard-disk system.
While each venue had its own local control room, the system was centred around a network control facility in Accra, with a DigiFend network digital management system from Sicura Systems serving as the hub of the network. Other equipment included Quadtronics fibre optic and coaxial cable.
Gary Stubley, managing director of Pro Security Ghana Ltd, told II: “We have designed and integrated some of the best available technology in the market into such a large and sophisticated security system that monitors the wide areas covering the capital city, Accra. The system revolutionises how the authorities uses CCTV in National Security during the year as well as for special national events such as the Ghanaian 50th Anniversary and the 26th Africa Cup of Nations. It is believed that it’s one of the largest of its type not only in Africa but in the world.
“During the Africa Cup of Nations 2008, the system provided a lot of invaluable information from many sites located around Ghana. It completely fulfilled the brief of producing high-quality real-time images and it was a tribute to Sicura Systems that the network software installation was so carefully planned. The CCTV was hailed as a huge achievement for the Ghanaian authorities and our customers are delighted.”
PICTURE CREDIT: Pro Security Ghana Ltd