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Illegal activity under scrutiny

What is your technology?

Ti Installations’ surveillance product with an ‘instant detective’ video analytics tool. This is supplied to the recycling and waste industry in association with AlienDVR.

How does it work?

Using stored CCTV footage captured by security cameras, the analytics software within a digital video recorder (DVR) intuitively searches through hours of old film in seconds to find evidence of a particular criminal activity.

The user selects the area where an incident occurred and enters the timeframe. The technology then quickly identifies specific movement and activity in this zone, before loading relevant snippets of footage for the operator to play back.

Where would it ideally be used?

In waste organisations at risk of criminal activity – for example, the theft of valuable recyclates from skips. It is also useful in busy spaces such as civic amenity centres which would otherwise be difficult to view in full.

How is it different?

Ordinary DVRs store an incredible amount of CCTV footage which can be replayed at length. But because time is precious, Ti Installations’ proactive technology identifies only the clips that need to be viewed in the event of a crime or other incident taking place.

It acts as an intelligent yet cost-effective management tool, for organisations that cannot afford or do not require a monitored security service.

What benefits does it offer?

Business owners and site managers are able to determine what has happened on their property within seconds, without the need to trawl through hours of footage or employ someone to maintain constant surveillance.

High-definition imagery and high-quality recording capabilities ensure that detailed evidence is obtained. Given that crime is a significant issue within the waste industry, the technology helps to protect waste organisations’ valuable assets, thus safeguarding their profit margins.

Where has it been used?

At scrapyards, household waste recycling centres and private waste businesses, as well as commercial environments such as office car parks.

What is its life span?   

The equipment is supplied with a two-year warranty as standard, but could quite easily remain in full working order for more than a decade.


The cost would vary depending on the technology specified. A Ti Installations specialist would first audit the waste facility or premises before recommending the best-fit solution in terms of the number of cameras, hard drive storage space, sound inputs and alarm triggers, for example.

Any savings?

The efficient nature of this video analytics technology avoids the need to invest unnecessary hours trawling CCTV footage, freeing up employee/management time to spend on other more value- adding tasks.

This targeted approach to footage analysis also heightens the chance that undesirable or unlawful activity is effectively combatted, potentially saving a company’s loss of materials, reputation or profits. In this respect, the technology could pay for itself within days of being installed.

How is it future-proofed?

If a company’s current requirements and future needs are carefully assessed when determining the best security system for a given site, this technology will prove a worthwhile investment for years to come. The technology is also incredibly intuitive for a surveillance solution in this price bracket.

Anything else?

Smarter working practices have become increasingly important since the onset of the recession. This technology gives recycling firms an additional pair of eyes to help safeguard profits, without burdening the workload of an already busy employee.

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