Century City launches new state -of- the- art Security Operations Centre

Century City has launched a new state-of the art Security Operations Centre (SOC) to keep it at the forefront of crime prevention and combatting initiatives in the Western Cape.

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Date 03 August 2017

Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, the non-profit company responsible for the day to day operations of the precinct, said their strategy to date of combining the use of cutting-edge technology with highly visible policing and rapid emergency response had proven to be very successful in curbing crime at Century City.

“The fact that Century City offers a safe and secure environment is one of its greatest attractions to those living and working here and the SOC, together with expanded services, will enable us to keep it that way.”

Blackshaw said the Control Centre, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, was the nerve centre of their safety and security operations.

“It is in direct contact with SAPS and Council emergency services, including Century City’s two contracted City Traffic Officers and two Law Enforcement Officers, as well as with other security services operating in the precinct.”

He said due to the ongoing and rapid expansion of Century City, they had outgrown their existing control centre premises necessitating they relocate their expanded operations to a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art Security Operations Centre which is located in Century City House.

“Expert advice was obtained regarding best practice control centre design and also  to ensure that the SOC complies with South African Intruder Detection Services Association [SAIDSA] certification standards.”

Blackshaw said their fibre-based CCTV surveillance system with a network of dome and fixed cameras linked to digital video recorders,  together with their Licence Plate Recognition(LPR) cameras at all the entrances to Century City, are monitored in the SOC.

“In addition, our new expanded and integrated security solution which provides for individual intruder detection alarm and CCTV monitoring-by-exception alerts of both commercial buildings and residential developments will now be fed to the SOC.

“These multiple sources of data and information enable the SOC to ensure an appropriate tactical response to any incidents that are detected.”

The SOC was officially opened by the Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Ian Neilson, last night.

He told more than 60 guests that the Century City SOC was a prime example of what can be achieved through the collaboration of the private and public sector and different stakeholders.

Alderman Neilson holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCT and was in fact the engineer responsible for the design of Century City’s canal system for which he received an award from the Association of Consulting Engineers.