Torrevieja is seemingly a much safer place than ever before after the state-of-the-art camera surveillance system received another upgrade.
Torrevieja was one of the first municipalities to adopt a smart system for monitoring the streets back in 2010, when the then-Mayor, Pedro Hernandez Mateo, announced the 1.7 million euro system that would see every road access point to the town covered by cameras that are capable of monitoring vehicle number plates and recording their movements.
The system had received an upgrade some years ago, but some of the cameras had fallen into disrepair, all of which have now been fixed thanks to a contract awarded in November of last year under the now-ousted coalition government, and with this latest improvement there are now some 200 cameras watching over the main streets in the town as well as the access routes.
The system is monitored by a dedicated control room based in the Local Police office, and is used predominantly for traffic control and the preservation of heritage, but has recently been used in the role of public safety and security, thanks to the improvements.
Although under the control of the Local Police, the Guardia Civil has also been able to use the system, resulting in evidence being collated in numerous criminal cases which have already been brought before the courts.
Now, the science bit – The Vyriato system is currently registering around 40,000 number plates per day and is capable of recording high definition images with automatic number plate recognition and can clearly show faces, both of which can be used in evidence.
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