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23 March, 2006 - 18:56 By Staff Reporter

Cambridge firm to keep an eye on Sofia

A Belgian-owned Cambridge company has won a £6.9m contract with the capital of Bulgaria to design, implement and support a hi-tech CCTV system.A Belgian-owned Cambridge company has won a £6.9m contract with the capital of Bulgaria to design, implement and support a hi-tech CCTV system.

Telindus Surveillance Solutions (TSS) was chosen by the Municipality of Sofia to roll-out a system covering the city’s Metro network – its city centre, schools and new airport.

The technology provides the Metro of Sofia with a fully integrated video surveillance system, through which real-time, high-resolution images from the platforms can be viewed and recorded across the entire network.

The contract for the first phase of the project was recently signed in Brussels in the presence of the Belgian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Marc Verwilghen and the Mayor of Sofia, Boyko Borissov.

The Mayor of Sofia said: “Telindus has an excellent track record in implementing best-of-breed technology solutions. This system gives the Metro high visibility and effective management of the platforms, which is exactly what we were looking for.”

TSS was formed in 1999, following pan-European IT services group Telindus’s acquisition of CellStack Systems, which was founded in Cambridge in 1994.

Telindus, which posted a turnover of EUR 618 million (£427.5m) in 2005, was itself a recent subject of takeover, having been snapped up by Euronext-listed telco, Belgacom.

TSS employs 35 at its Cambridge headquarters, which focuses on development and manufacturing. The company says it has more high-profile contracts in the pipeline.

TSS has successfully implemented video surveillance at several projects throughout the world, including the airport in Tel Aviv, metro of Moscow, Miami Airport, Swiss tunnels and highways and the metro of Beijing.

Before the Bulgarian contract, its second most recent win was with the UK Highways Agency. It is to provide an IP switched network CCTV system as part of the Agency’s National Roads Services Telecommunications Services (NRTS) project.

The project will provide a national digital system linking more than 14,000 message signs, emergency telephones, up to 4000 CCTV cameras and traffic monitoring systems to the Highway Agency’s network of traffic control centres.

Whilst primarily designed to provide a road safety monitoring system, it will also distribute CCTV footage to travel information and navigation companies.

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