A new open circuit television (OCTV) system from UK company, Shawley, provides remote surveillance via the mobile phone network over any distance through a camera that can be held in the palm of the hand, or fixed to the wall or ceiling in homes and offices. Authorised personnel with a mobile phone and computer combination plus the appropriate PIN can carry out monitoring at any time. The system can also be used with traditional wired telephone systems.
Applications include the replacement of closed circuit TV (CCTV) systems in town centres, convert surveillance by security services, access control on building sites and anti-vandal surveillance in schools, sports stadiums and other public places. The system will even allow users to watch their homes from tens of thousands of kilometres away.
According to the manufacturer, cost savings over CCTV systems can be as high as 80%, as there is no need for expensive wiring, special monitors, or cables that may have to be buried beneath the ground.
OCTV transmits colour video over GSM and PCN networks and through any other network that allows the transmission of data. The video pictures are stored at the camera end but compressed and transmitted to the monitor for remote storage and viewing. They use analogue colour and black and white twin CCD camera for the plan, titl and zoom heads and static cameras, and digital cameras for hand-held or palm PC devices.
All images are encrypted on receipt before transmission and before storing on local camera positions. All hardware is encoded so that only specific monitoring positions can access specific camera positions. Replicating the hardware will not give ‘hackers’ access to the image even if they have the OCTV software.
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