SRBID hits the year running

2017-02-01 15:20
The water tanker of the Salt River Business Improvement District, used to water potted gardens, can also help in firefighting.

The water tanker of the Salt River Business Improvement District, used to water potted gardens, can also help in firefighting.

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The Salt River Business Improvement District (SRBID) wants to keep growing safety, security and clean streets this year.

Gene Lohrentz, CEO of Geocentric, the company that runs the SRBID, says that they’ve had a running start to the year so far.

“While many people were taking a break, our public safety and urban cleaning and management teams kept going to ensure a safe festive season while keeping our streets and public spaces as clean as possible,” he says.

“Following our successful public holiday cleanup programmes our managers and cleaning teams also worked on Saturday 14 January to attend to some grass cutting and additional cleaning efforts to ensure that people were welcomed back to a clean and neat area when they came back to work.”

He adds there are some new innovations and developments coming this year, including a mobile licence plate recognition (LPR) camera solution.

“Deployed from the Geocentric mobile CCTV surveillance unit the mobile LPR solution allows us to detect suspicious vehicles at random locations within our city improvement districts.

“We will also support neighbourhood watch initiatives from time to time to make the facility available at random locations during operations to detect vehicles involved in criminal ­activity.”
Lohrentz has also announced the SRBID’s water wise ­initiatives.

“With water restrictions in place we are excited about the completion of our own water tanker and firefighter,” he says.

“We initially developed the concept to deal with issues such as cleaning sidewalks to remove human faeces and to help with the watering of our gardens in the various city improvement districts.

“With the onset of the water restrictions we refocused our greening efforts on potted gardens and hence our water tanker now allows us to water a significant number of pots in a single day using well-point water.

The company has also fitted a commercial firefighter pump and high-pressure hose reel that give a limited firefighting capability should the need ever arise and our vehicle is in the right place at the right time, says Lohrentz.

“This resource is also available to all the city improvement districts that we manage and we believe it will contribute to the array of services we provide to our property and business owners.”

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