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The 111-th anniversary of the foundation of the town of Novosibirsk has taken place on June 27, 2004. This day the Central administrative board of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region and the Department of Internal Affairs of Novosibirsk presented the city with a gift and installed a video surveillance system on the main square of the city, the Lenin Square. Security of citizens and total video control are provided by means of 5 stationery and 2 hi-speed PTZ-enabled cameras featuring x22 zoom and located at the most important sites of the square.
The project is targeted at the citizens' security and anti-terrorist measures, both during mass actions and at week-days, 24x7.
Hereupon, Novosibirsk has became the first town of the East-European part of the Russian Federation that launched the 'Safe City' program. The program implements a distributed system of video surveillance based upon an existing fiber network of the Central administrative board of Internal Affairs.
The city has chosen a video system developed by the Axxon (former ITV) company as a digital platform for video signal processing, distributed network data transfer and remote camera control.
Anatoliy Dyubanov, the head of Communication Department, Special Equipment and Automation of the Central administrative board of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region, has stated:
"The video surveillance system is realized for the purposes of the city program of citizens' safety and complies with the requirements of police's efficiency during mass actions at the main and the most popular square of the city. The project became possible with the help of technical specialists of the Central administrative board of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region and the Department of Internal Affairs of Novosibirsk. Besides, it was supported by the Council of Public Safety of the Major of Novosibirsk, the Major and the Governer. Before the video surveillance system was installed, there was an all-round test procedure of systems produced by more than a dozen of domestic and foreign manufacturers. The most significant criteria at the choice of the system were:
The Scientific and Technical Council of the Central administrative board of Internal Affairs of the Novosibirsk region made a decision and recommended to implement the 'Axxon Enterprise' video system developed by the Axxon (former ITV) company".
Alexey Kirillov, the head of the Department of Internal Affairs of Novosibirsk, has stated:
"The City Day has shown high efficiency of this tool, still new for public safety, though, allowing to control and prevent illegal actions, allowing all citizens to participate in the holiday without damage for life, health and property. The most advanced video surveillance technologies came to the aid of police enforcements and allowed to do their hard work without extra pressure and appearance. The situation has been personally observed by policemen and the chief of the Department of Internal Affairs. A display with a detailed video information and an option of camera control stands at my work table also, which allows me to manage the work of departments and individuals from my room. "