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State-of-the-art CCTV suite compares to Foreign Office Crisis Room

Boston Borough Council's new state-of-the-art CCTV system, aptly named the 'Roy Clark Suite' has been officially opened by Mark Simmonds MP.

Plaque that was revealed by Mark Simmonds MP to officially open the new suite

The council's first CCTV system was installed in 1994/95, had just 10 black and white cameras and monitors and used VHS video cassettes to record and store images.  By 2001 an additional 50 colour cameras were being used but still recording onto VHS.  In 2004/5 the council replaced its out dated VHS recording system with digital hard drives. 

The new system now in operation has seen a complete upgrade and uses high definition cameras over a secure wireless network. The council's CCTV operators now monitor 83 cameras in the new control room on eight x 42-inch high definition monitors, each being able to show multiple images at any one time.

Mark Simmonds MP said: "He was delighted to formally open the new suite, and that it was important that Roy, who had recently passed away, was remembered for his personality and being an integral member of the team.

"The new system is the first in Lincolnshire and one of the first in the country to use this particular state-of-the-art technology.  I am significantly impressed in the suite and have not seen anything as good, apart from the Foreign Office Crisis Room."

Mark Simmonds MP went on to say the cameras will aid in reducing or even eradicating anti-social behaviour wherever possible.  He also thanked the contractors for completing the project on time and on budget.

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From left, Councillor Stephen Woodliffe, Boston Borough Council's community safety portfolio holder, Jason Gregory, Thinking Space Limited who provided the furniture for the new suite, Alan Hardwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Adam and Sue Clark, Roy Clark's son and wife, Howard Austin from OCS, who were the main contractor for the project, Mark Simmonds MP, Gerry Howcroft from Wavesight Limited who were providers of the wireless network, and Cllr Peter Bedford, Leader of Boston Borough Council