Lothian & Borders Police – contract win for 2020 vision

LOTHIAN and Borders Police Force has commissioned North Shields based security specialists 2020 Vision Systems to provide a major overhaul to its surveillance systems in the mid, east and west Lothian areas. 

This highly prestigious contract, worth an estimated £180,000, will see 2020 Vision Systems building on the existing network of CCTV cameras and equipment to provide the highest level of surveillance technology in the Lothian and Borders regions. 

Overall this expansion will enable the Police Force to have 45 different workstations viewing CCTV images that can then be consolidated to a central point. The system will also be integrated into the Scottish Parliament building system in Edinburgh. 

Peter Houlis, MD of 2020 Vision Systems said: “This contract is a major boost for us and shows the important role that CCTV plays within the overall framework of community safety and crime management. The contract will be completed by a small team of highly skilled engineers from the company’s workforce by the middle of December 2003.” 

Detective Sergeant Ian Lusk is Lothian and Border’s Counter Terrorist Security Advisor, he explained: “2020 Vision Systems were top in our detailed tender screening and we are confident that they will provide the system we require. The new CCTV equipment will enable us to implement ANPR – automatic number plate readers onto the system and further improve crime prevention and detection with a ring of steel for crime and terrorism.” 

The expertise of 2020 Vision Systems is called upon across the UK and abroad. Among its many contracts, the firm has installed the security systems at University Campuses such as Northumbria, Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Birmingham, revamped the entire Newcastle City Centre CCTV system and more recently piloted a fire detection, CCTV and satellite tracking system for trains on the Egyptian railway. 

MD Peter Houlis is a director of The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) and also sits on a CCTV advisory committee for the European Union. The company is also the UK’s only ‘Gold Quality’ supplier and installer in the UK for Ultrak which manufactures many of the components used by 2020 Vision Systems.

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