As part of his campaign to be London mayor, Boris Johnson has promised that if he were elected, he would bring in a six-month trial of live screening of CCTV on buses in the capital.
The £150,000 pilot scheme is designed to help police improve security on London’s transport network. It would beam live footage from the buses to a central control room.
The system would be deployed on the worst 20 bus routes, allowing both the police and bus companies to monitor the buses in real-time and quickly respond to anti-social behavior.
When responding to a call, police would be able to access the CCTV system on their way to the incident via mobile, handheld devices. The technology was designed by Integrated Security Solutions.
A six month trial of the technology was scheduled last month, but Transport for London decided not to proceed due to concerns about the £20m cost of installing the system across all buses in London.
Boris Johnson claims that it could be deployed on the most dangerous routes for just £3,000 a bus.