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

CCTV: Security or just scary

While some South Africans feel that CCTV surveillance borders on Big Brother, the country’s shocking crime statistics indicate that the eyes-everywhere approach may prove to be our guardian angel It’s an incredibly topical and heated debate across the globe – should we have surveillance cameras in public spaces? While some argue that they’re an invasion of privacy and can be used for nefarious reasons, such as governments spying on us, ask many South Africans, and they say...  read more

One nation under CCTV

By James Temperton The UK is one of the most surveilled nations in the world. An estimated 5.9 million CCTV cameras keep watch over our every move, but the volume of footage creates a problem: when the police or security services need to actually analyse it, things move very slowly. Despite the proliferation of CCTV, technology for handling the petabytes of data collected is still little more than human eyeballs and lots of patience. That might be...  read more