The Dublin city centre Garda CCTV Town Surveillance system was the first of its kind in Ireland. The project began as a pilot scheme for Dublin’s Temple Bar, as part of the regeneration of the city in 1994. The success of this scheme paved the way for the expansion of the system throughout Dublin’s city centre in 1997. The system, fully designed by SKS, operates more than 100 cameras, each one situated at strategic viewing points. The system was fully designed by SKS.
The cameras are linked back to control centres in central Garda stations on the city’s north-side in O’Connell St.; on the south-side in Pearse St. and in Garda headquarters on Harcourt St. and the Phoenix Park. To facilitate transmission, the system is installed on its own dedicated fibre network and where fibre was not possible, real time microwave links were used, of which there are more than 50. A key feature of the system is its transmission of real time live pictures without delay. Building on the success of the Dublin city centre system, SKS subsequently went on to design and supply town centre systems to Cork, Limerick, Galway, Drogheda, Mullingar and Tallaght.