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November 2, 2021

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Eagle Eye Networks and Aryse secure Spanish city of Elche with cloud-based video network

Video Surveillance Specialists, Eagle Eye Networks, and Madrid-based Security and Communications Reseller, Aryse Infrastructuras, have collaborated on a project to improve security in the city of Elche, Spain, winning the 2021 Security Forum Award for ‘Best Security Project’ as a result. 

(from the left) Luis Sancha and Raquel Perez from Aryse, and Carlos Angeles of Eagle Eye Networks

Working with Aryse Infraestructuras, the project improved security for the citizens of Elche, while also making better use of the city’s limited staff resources. Aryse reused existing cameras from different manufacturers in an Eagle Eye Networks cloud-based video surveillance system, and, in doing so, transformed antiquated, disparate components into a powerful security system, says the two companies.

Managing security incidents using complex IT systems had been an ongoing challenge for the city’s IT staff. When the pandemic hit, city employees began working at home, and it became clear many of the systems could not be managed remotely.

City officials decided to update their video surveillance system with the following objectives in mind:

  • Ease of use
  • City-wide security camera visibility
  • Remote access to video
  • Instant notifications and alerts of security incidents
  • Capable of sharing images with police and other city departments
  • Simple and inexpensive to maintain
  • Flexible and scalable

The Eagle Eye Networks Cloud Video Management System (VMS) was selected to repurpose the city’s existing cameras – even though they were from different manufacturers. Storage retention requirements were easily met and different camera resolutions (depending on the camera and location) were quickly set up. In all, this project involved moving 100 cameras to the cloud.

In the next five years, the city plans to expand the system, applying artificial intelligence (AI) to better investigate incidents. The city will use parking and traffic flow data from the system for city planning and infrastructure improvement. There will also be direct integrations with the police and fire department to accelerate incident response.

Rishi Lodhia, Managing Director, Eagle Eye Networks EMEA, said that more cities and businesses are finding cloud “a truly great fit”. In addition to creating a powerful security and business intelligence tool, cloud video surveillance can lower the cost and complexity and reduce the number of workers needed to maintain security systems.

“Knowledgeable partners, such as Aryse Infraestructuras, who understand the power of cloud video surveillance and have a great understanding of their customers can really make a difference in communities like Elche,” said Lodhia.

Raquel Perez of Aryse Infraestructuras said, “By collaborating with Eagle Eye Networks, we were able to offer the City of Elche a better and more advanced solution to store the video in the cloud. The fact that existing cameras could be used was a convincing factor – it minimised the investment and maximised the benefit.”

IFSEC Global recently interviewed Eagle Eye Networks’ CEO, Dean Drako, on the company’s acquisition of AI video provider, Uncanny Vision – read the interview with Dean, here.

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