The traditional role of the closed circuit television camera as a security device is evolving, according to regional provider Keybury Fire & Security.

The Keighley-based company reports spiralling demand across its West and North Yorkshire trading heartlands by firms who are now using CCTV systems as powerful management tools.

State-of-the-art technology means managers can keep tabs 24-hours a day on both their premises and unmanned machinery via laptops, iPads and Smartphones.

“While the CCTV camera continues to fulfil its key security role, it is increasingly being used to monitor machinery live in the workplace, allowing users to quickly respond in the event of a problem or breakdown.

“This is a potent management device when 24/7 surveillance of machinery or premises is required,” explained Keybury’s operations director Patrick Beebe.

Companies already using the facility as part of new CCTV security system installations or upgrades include scrap merchants Hector Moore and Kadel Engineering in Keighley, animal bi-products firm P Waddington & Co in Bradford, Airedale Springs, Haworth, John Binns & Son Springs and Northern Paper Board in Skipton, and Quickslide Windows in Brighouse.

Tom Swallow, sales and marketing manager at Quickslide, said: “We prefer to deal with established local companies wherever and whenever possible, which helps keep money circulating in the local economy and contributes towards the overall well-being of the region. We have a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with Keybury.”

Keybury Fire & Security, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary, also has regional offices in Skipton, Ilkley, York and Harrogate. The company described business activity across all areas of operation as “buoyant.”