SUNDERLAND Empire is beefing up its security.
The theatre has signed a deal with North East CCTV specialist 2020 Vision to install a new system of 20 cameras in a joint partnership with Sunderland City Council.
Maintenance manager Chris Francis said: “We require a professional system that keeps our visitors, staff and building safe.
“That has been our priority and has included the need for cameras to all public entrances and areas and the stage door. We’re thrilled with the solution 2020 Vision has provided us.”
Peter Houlis is managing director of 2020 Vision: “The theatre’s previous system was out-of-date and simply not serving its purpose,” he said.
“The decision to invest in a new system means the historic building and some of its most valuable features will remain protected for many more years to come.
“Technology has moved on tremendously and this provides the theatre with state-of-the-art monitoring systems.”
The new CCTV system includes 20 new cameras, including 18 internal and two external cameras and is substantially bigger than the previous network.
Peter believes the Empire’s decision to award the contract locally is positive news for the region and proves the quality available on the doorstep.
“The previous system was installed by a national security firm based in the south,” he said.
“But we have the skills and expertise within the North East giving us the ability to retain investment in the area.
“This contract win proves that businesses can look on their own doorstep before looking beyond.”
North Tyneside-based 2020 Vision was established in 1992 and specialises in security systems such as CCTV, remote site monitoring, access control and concierge services.
It has provided security everywhere from museums, hospitals, and casinos to universities, sports stadia, government offices and even a seabird island, picking up a number of business and industry awards on the way.