Improving public safety through video surveillance
To use video surveillance
to improve safety by making it easier to
detect incidents and send officers to the scene
operators trained in using
years of partnership planned
The French capital region accounts for 20% of the country's population and 30% of its wealth. Keeping people and property safe in Paris is a major challenge. And for the law enforcement officials who ensure their safety, video surveillance is a valuable tool. ENGIE is currently designing and rolling out a tailor-made video surveillance system of more than 1000 cameras across Paris.
In 2009, the Paris Police Prefecture launched its Video Surveillance Plan (PPV) for the city. The goal was to modernise the equipment and methods used to protect citizens by equipping the city with a network of over 1300 cameras linked to police stations and managed from 55 operational command centres. In 2011, ENGIE was chosen to implement this plan. After two years of designing and rolling out the system, it is now fully operational.
A network of interconnected cameras
With benefits like better traffic management, improved road safety, easier maintenance of public order, terrorism prevention, and quicker responses to emergencies, the system – designed and operated by ENGIE – gives officers more resources to fulfil their duty to ensure public safety. In addition to its 1000+ cameras, the system also provides access to video footage from partner networks (Paris City Hall, SNCF, RATP, etc.) that increase the Police Prefecture’s operational reach. Internal users get access to the footage through a simple and intuitive interface, making it easier to get to understand and use the system.
in addition to the 200 pre-existing cameras
Combining efficiency and confidentiality
Video surveillance is sensitive for many reasons. The system must be permanently operational to ensure public safety at all times. In Paris, ENGIE maintains the entire camera and telecommunications network and all of its associated operational sites in order to ensure that the equipment and video footage are always in service. Another sensitive issue is respecting citizen privacy. The system allows private areas to be hidden. Data is protected by security mechanisms that strictly manage access rights.
A financial, technical and training partner
ENGIE’s partnership with the Police Prefecture involves a number of roles. To finance the project, the Group has committed to a 17-year public-private partnership – the first in France in the field of video surveillance. As a technical partner, ENGIE designed a special proprietary system that uses the network’s 400 km of fibre optic cables installed in the Paris sewers. This system allows existing equipment to be connected to new video facilities. And as partner for daily use, ENGIE has trains the system’s users – over 2500 so far – using a life-size model. This gives police officers the tools they need to make the best possible use of the system and its data.
the value of the public-private partnership agreement signed
between ENGIE and the Paris Prefecture of Police
And tomorrow ?
The system will expand as part of the Video Surveillance Zonal Plan (PZV), in which coverage will be extended to the urban areas around Paris. The enlarged network will cover municipal video surveillance systems in the inner and outer suburbs, increasing technical and functional connections between municipal networks and police services. 3000 new cameras will be installed, and 30,000 existing cameras in places such as shopping centres and museums will be connected to the system.