All eyes on Glasgow

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A NEW CCTV system is set to be installed across Glasgow in a bid to make the city safer.

MORE than 400 new digital cameras so advanced they could help avert potential disasters, will be installed across the city.

Super intelligent public space CCTV cameras will replace the existing outdated network. These can be programmed to automatically detect unusual activity — for example if someone leaves a box or bag unattended.

Suspicious instances will trigger an alarm, prompting further investigation by the emergency services.

Operators will be based in a new hub alongside specialists from TRAFFCOM - the team in charge of the city’s traffic lights and traffic cameras, who currently work from separate bases.

It is part of a £24 million programme to use technology to improve efficiency and safety by integrating technology networks.

The city beat 29 others to win the money in a UK-wide competition run by the Technology Strategy Board - the government’s innovation agency.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council and chair of the demonstrator programme, has described the funding as a “major coup for Glasgow”.

He said: “Now we’re putting the teams and infrastructure in place to realise the potential of a hugely ambitious and far reaching programme which will permeate all sectors of city life.

“This flagship programme may be in its infancy but, once complete, we hope it will provide a blueprint for other cities to follow. As a society we are generating more data than at any time in history, by harnessing that knowledge we can improve the lives of Glasgow residents, the environment and the economy.

“Glasgow is keen to embrace new technologies and create a forward thinking environment which will attract businesses from that sector, creating jobs with long term prospects.

“We look forward to realising the future today through collaborative working with an array of partners.”

The Future Cities demonstrator programme is looking to work in partnership with public and private sector agencies providing a range of services to the city over the course of the 18 month programme.

Other ideas for development include using mobile phone technology to allow residents to find the quietest route into the city centre or the hospital accident and emergency unit with the shortest waiting time.