Security cameras have become a regular sight in suburbs around SA, but they are often installed by security firms or neighbourhood organisations in an isolated way and offer poor quality images. Vumatel, which kickstarted fibre-to-the-home in 2014 in the Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, unveiled its own network of cameras on Thursday, which offer high-definition images and intelligent monitoring, using its own fibre infrastructure. Previously, CCTV monitoring was typically put up by resident associations, security companies or schools in a disparate and unconnected way, says Vumatel executive chair Niel Schoeman. These “isolated islands” did not share information with each other, and often supplied grainy, poor quality footage. When there is a power outage, or they stopped functioning, nothing was captured — which was often only discovered when trying to retrieve the footage, he says. “These traditional CCTV suburb solutions acting in isolation, ensure that once suspects or known p...

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