Scottish tech fighting violence
Edesix body camera helps Asda combat crimes against staff
After a successful trial of its body worn cameras, which began in 2016, there are now over 900 in operation in more than 250 supermarkets across the UK.
Edesix collaborated with CBES, Asda’s preferred security installer, to design and install a tailored wearable CCTV deployment system suited to the retail giant’s needs.
This system, which is intuitive to use and requires minimum training, has enabled staff to integrate the cameras into their daily working processes with minimal fuss.
Asda has been able to improve colleague security, diffuse aggressive and volatile situations and reduce valued investigation time, thus reducing costs. It has secured numerous convictions relating to theft and violence against staff.
Richie McBride, managing director of Edesix, said: “Asda, along with CBES, identified the need to re-think its key security policy around challenging aggressive behaviour towards staff.
McBride adds: “The body worn cameras act as a confrontation preventer, as it is proven that members of the public are far less aggressive to staff members if they know they are being filmed.”
Edesix, which was acquired recently by US-based security specialists Vigilant Solutions, has won major contracts with the likes of UK prisons, ScotRail and South Australian Police.