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CARTE BLANCHE: Vumacam – Big Brother or Guardian Angel?

Amid spiking crime rates, tech platform Vumacam’s installation of CCTV cameras across Johannesburg – with a view to extending coverage nationwide – has encountered mixed reaction about the ethics involved. Symptomatic of the need for greater safety, the Carte Blanche presenter and crew were held at gunpoint and robbed while filming this insert. So while Vumacam raises the spectre of Big Brother looming, we ask how willing South Africans may be to trade privacy for...  read more

ENCA: New CCTV crime prevention initiative begins

According to recent crime statistics, 625 houses were burgled in the year under review but the fight against this crime just got a major boost. JOHANNESBURG - The installation of CCTV cameras in the suburbs have been labelled as a possible game-changer in the fight against crime. Last year's crime stats show that Gauteng is the leading province in terms of reported robberies, and is in the top two when it comes to burglaries in residential areas. According to...  read more

MONEYWEB: Vumatel to blanket Joburg in CCTV camera’s

The company plans to spend R500m covering Johannesburg with CCTV systems. Have you wondered about the camera poles popping up in suburbs across Johannesburg and who’s building them? The mystery has been solved: Vumatel subsidiary Vumacam is responsible — it is building a citywide CCTV network offering ultra-high-definition video feeds to security companies and ultimately law-enforcement agencies. Vumacam is utilising Vumatel’s fibre network infrastructure in the city to connect the cameras, more than 900 which have already been...  read more

BUSINESS LIVE: Vumacam aims to help make suburbs safer

Security cameras have become a regular sight in suburbs around SA, but they are often installed by security firms or neighbourhood organisations in an isolated way and offer poor quality images. Vumatel, which kickstarted fibre-to-the-home in 2014 in the Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, unveiled its own network of cameras on Thursday, which offer high-definition images and intelligent monitoring, using its own fibre infrastructure. Blurred street-camera footage is to get an upgrade with fibre-to-home technology and links to professional...  read more

MY BROADBAND: How Vumacam’s CCTV system works

Vumatel unveiled its CCTV platform Vumacam this week, which it hopes will help make South Africa’s streets and neighbourhoods safer. The Vumacam system is initially only available in Johannesburg, and currently consists of 889 cameras covering 48 suburbs. There are 917 camera poles installed around the city, however, which when fully populated will hold over 3,000 cameras. The video feeds from Vumacam’s CCTV system are then made available to security companies for a monthly fee, depending how many cameras they...  read more

BUSINESS INSIDER: These joburg suburbs are getting 15000 cctv cameras

Vumacam, a subsidiary of fibre infrastructure company Vumatel, is installing 15,000 high-definition CCTV cameras in Joburg suburbs. The cameras are connected to Vumatel's fibre network, and the live feeds are sold to security companies. Bryanston, Craighall and Greenside among others already have street cameras that pick up to 480 car registration plates per minute. The suburb of Dunkeld saw a 90% drop in crime since the addition of CCTV cameras, according to Vumacam.  Some 15,000...  read more

TECH CENTRAL: Vumatel to blanket Joburg in CCTV camera’s

Have you wondered about the camera poles popping up in suburbs across Johannesburg and who’s building them? The mystery has been solved: Vumatel subsidiary Vumacam is responsible — it is building a citywide CCTV network offering ultra-high-definition video feeds to security companies and ultimately law-enforcement agencies. Vumacam is utilising Vumatel’s fibre network infrastructure in the city to connect the cameras, more than 900 which have already been deployed (capable of carrying 3 000 CCTV cameras). It plans to...  read more

MY BROADBAND: Vumacam – Vumatel’s CCTV system to keep South Africa safe

Vumatel has unveiled Vumacam, a CCTV solution which it hopes will make South Africa a safer place. After Vumatel launched its fibre network in Johannesburg several years ago, it noticed an increasing demand for CCTV installations in neighbourhoods where it had a presence. This inspired Vumatel to assess the viability of launching a CCTV system for communities – an initiative which gained momentum after Vumatel acquired Fibrehoods, which had access to CCTV technology and experience. The Vumacam system is...  read more

STUFF: Meet Vumacam Vumatel’s smart security play for Joburgs suburbs

Fibre infrastructure company Vumatel has announced it’s in the process of rolling out thousands of smart CCTV cameras around Johannesburg’s suburbs via a subsidiary called Vumacam. It plans to deploy up to 15,000 cameras around the city, capable of capturing ultra-high-definition footage the company then plans to sell to security companies. The project is a joint venture between Vumatel and Imfezeko Holdings and has rolled out to over 900 poles (each of which can house multiple cameras) to date. Licence...  read more

A sharp focus on surveillance

Security cameras were once just that: cameras that captured video of the area in front of them. The images were murky and muddy. However, the high-tech boom has come to CCTV, and security companies will want to leap aboard the train Everyday experts in the private security industry are working on ways to make our lives safer so that we can spend less time looking over our shoulder. One company is leading the charge, CCTV Infrastructure provider...  read more