CCTV system keeps an eye on Sunderland Empire

SECURITY firm 2020 Vision has installed a 20-camera CCTV system at the Sunderland Empire.

SECURITY firm 2020 Vision has installed a 20-camera CCTV system at the Sunderland Empire.

The venue invested in a new system in a joint partnership with Sunderland City Council. The 2020 set-up features 18 internal and two external cameras, and footage can be viewed from Sunderland City Council’s control room.

The cameras all record digitally 24/7, and footage is archived for 30 days.

Sunderland Empire maintenance manager Chris Francis said: “We require a professional system that keeps our visitors, staff and building safe. That has been our priority and has included the need for cameras to all public entrances and areas and the stage door.

“We’re thrilled with the solution 2020 Vision has provided us.”

Peter Houlis, managing director of 2020, said: “The rationale is to give them eyes around the building so they can see what’s going on.

“The big challenge is that, with something as historic as the Empire, it’s a listed building and any system has to be discreet and aesthetically acceptable.”

North Shields’ 2020 Vision was established in 1992, and has contracts to supply security systems such as museums, hospitals, universities, government offices and even a seabird island. It employs 33 staff in the North East, North West and Midlands, and is currently looking for engineers in places such as Manchester and Birmingham.

It boasts a roster of testimonials from organisations such as Newcastle, Birmingham and Durham Universities, Durham County Cricket Club, Sedgefield Borough Council and Gentoo Group, and has also completed a project at Gateshead’s Metrocentre.


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