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Aug 16

Northumbrian Water taps into 2020 expertise to provide a major overhaul to its surveillance systems

North East CCTV specialists, 2020 Vision have won a major contract with Northumbrian Water.

Northumbrian Water has commissioned the North Shields based security specialists to provide a major overhaul to its surveillance systems at both its Pity Me head office and Washington sites.

2020 Vision will supply, install and maintain a complete networked CCTV structure across both sites with a total of 36 cameras being installed. The upgrade will provide centralised management surveillance in order to further protect Northumbrian Water staff, visitors and property. It will use the very latest in digital recording technology.

Peter Houlis, managing director of 2020 Vision, said: “We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious contract. Security is extremely important for a company as large as Northumbrian Water and it is testament to the reputation of 2020 Vision that we have been selected to implement this project. It further adds to the company’s growing profile in the blue chip sector.”

2020 Vision was established in 1992 and specialises in security systems such as CCTV, remote site monitoring, access control and concierge services. It has provided security in a diverse range of environments such as hospitals, casinos, universities, sports stadia, government offices and even a seabird island.

It currently has an annual turnover of £3.5 million and aims to make itself a £10 million business inside five years. The company has recently expanded into Yorkshire and the North West region by opening a new office in Huddersfield.

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Aug 14

Newcastle Freeman Hospital – CCTV proves its worth

A full scale emergency evacuation was narrowly avoided at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital thanks to 2020 Vision’s state of the art CCTV systems.

Following the sighting of a suspicious bag outside one of the onsite shops in the hospital, concerned security staff monitored the CCTV footage to identify the circumstances surrounding the bag.

With only seconds to go before a full-scale evacuation plan was implemented, security staff identified that the mystery bag belonged to an elderly lady who had absent-mindedly abandoned it.

Peter Houlis, managing director of 2020 Vision, said: “Hospitals are under increasing pressures to provide solutions to their security needs. Every day they face a vast variety of threats and dangers. Thanks to the use of our specialised CCTV cameras the Freeman Hospital was able to avoid an emergency evacuation which would have been both costly and disruptive.”

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Aug 7

Berwick Town Centre CCTV System once again proved its worth

Berwick Town Centre CCTV System once again proved its worth by capturing invaluable footage of a serious assault on police officers in Golden Square on August 4th.

The incident was the first major event to be recorded by the brand new digital recording system installed in the CCTV Control Room at Berwick Police Station a week ago.

The digital recording system cost £28,500 and was funded by Berwick Borough Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (BBCDRP).  The system, sourced and installed by the Partnership’s principal contractor, 2020 Vision Systems Ltd of North Shields, provides cutting-edge recording performance and has a massive storage capacity for footage of evidential quality used in prosecutions.

Borough Secretary David Cook, the Council lead on CCTV, said:

“CCTV is a vital tool for dealing with antisocial behaviour and violence in Berwick Town Centre.  Its worth was proven again on Saturday night, because without CCTV it might have taken longer to determine the seriousness of the incident.

“The new digital recording system is state of the art, and increases the likelihood of anyone involved in criminal activity who is caught on camera being successfully prosecuted because of the quality of images that the system produces. “That should serve as a clear warning to people inclined towards criminal behaviour,” he said.