By Jo Pugh • 08 September 2023 • 17:32
Benidorm Council will know exactly how many people are on the beaches. Credit: Benidorm City Council
BENIDORM City Council has taken a significant stride towards optimising beach management by implementing a cutting-edge CCTV monitoring system.
This initiative aims to gauge the daily influx of beachgoers, providing essential data on beach occupancy throughout the year.
The project, currently in its initial phase, has already been operational during the peak summer months of July and August along a stretch exceeding 1.5 kilometres of Poniente beach.
He said that this inaugural phase, entitled ‘Image and Data Analysis System in Areas of High Tourist Influx,’ is an integral component of the Tourism Sustainability Plan known as ‘Benidorm DTI + Seguro.’
This pioneering project required an investment of €150,000, positioning the city at the forefront of innovation in beach management.
It entailed the installation of 20 capacity control cameras strategically positioned along the Poniente beach stretch, spanning from Paseo de Colón to the Vela Blanca ravine, encompassing the intersections of Armada Española and Vicente Llorca Alós avenues, as outlined by Mayor Pérez.
These technologically advanced cameras are equipped with built-in object counting and control software, which operates anonymously to detect and track moving individuals until they exit the camera’s field of view.
In real-time, the cameras gather valuable data and present it on a dynamic ‘dashboard,’ where the precise count of people entering and departing the beach is continuously updated.
At the moment, data is already available for the months of July and August, which resulted in 332,068 and 599,179 visits to the beach in the monitored section respectively.
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Jo Pugh is a journalist based in the Costa Blanca North. Originally from London, she has been involved in journalism and photography for 20 years. She has lived in Spain for 12 years, and is a dedicated and passionate writer.
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