Coastal camera network helps keep beachgoers safe


Monday, 11 December, 2023

Coastal camera network helps keep beachgoers safe

The recent implementation of a camera network on the South Australian coast is helping to improve the safety and wellbeing of the local community — something that is particularly pressing during Australia’s busy summer holiday period.

The coastal safety camera network is the result of a collaboration between network video specialist Axis Communications, security company BST and Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA).

Designed to greatly enhance situational awareness, the network aids in the early detection of people in difficulty and can provide real-time updates from the State Operations Centre (SOC) to those on patrol on the beach.

Earlier this year, the technology enabled the timely dispatch of additional resources to aid in a rescue that saved five lives — four from the same family and one bystander. Without the cameras in place, lifesavers on the beach would not have had sight of those in danger.

The project has seen Axis win the ‘Excellence in Social Impact’ category at the Swedish Business Awards. Organised by the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce, the event celebrates the outstanding achievements of companies that are spearheading innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, partnership, collaboration and social impact in Australia.

“This recognition marks our dedication to effecting positive and sustainable transformation for Surf Life Saving in South Australia,” said Damien Marangon, SLSSA CEO. “Our commitment to safeguarding our community has already produced life-saving outcomes, and we’ll continue deploying this technology this summer season to further protect our beachgoers.”

Wai King Wong, Regional Director, Oceania, Axis Communications, said the collaboration not only highlighted the power of technology, it also demonstrated the effectiveness of public and private partnerships in addressing important societal challenges.

“We’re pleased with the commendable outcomes we’ve been able to achieve so far with the collaborative efforts of BST, and look forward to witnessing the continued expansion and impact of this program not only in South Australia, but other regions as well,” he said.

Image credit: iStock.com/moisseyev

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