Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral, otherwise known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’, in Cambridgeshire is no exception. When its security cameras began to fail and the quality of images captured deteriorated, the cathedral’s senior management immediately turned to FWD-IP for a solution.

FWD-IP’s relationship with Ely Cathedral stretches back to 1992 when the company was first formed. FWD-IP has extensive knowledge of the building, having worked on various projects at the site, and therefore made the perfect partner.

Because Ely Cathedral’s existing CCTV system was built on a legacy infrastructure, i.e. older style analogue cameras, rather than a digital infrastructure a completely upgraded CCTV package was the preferred choice. This included cameras to survey all areas of the premises as well as the surrounding grounds, dedicated servers to store the footage, plus video management software (VMS) to control and monitor the IP CCTV system.


– Grade I Listed building

– Lighting 


FWD-IP selected a full HD 1080p IP Sony CCTV system, complemented by two storage servers and a Sony operating system. FWD-IP enjoys an excellent working relationship with Sony, built and sustained over many years, so it was the natural choice.The team designed and installed the new CCTV system in four weeks, managing the project to eliminate disruption to services taking place in the cathedral and visitors touring the building.


“As always, working with FWD-IP was a pleasure. They are always professional and treat Ely Cathedral with the respect and dignity it deserves. The work was completed to a very high standard and on budget with no disruption to our day-to-day operations. FWD-IP’s team is always willing to offer honest and impartial advice on all aspects of technology in use at the cathedral.”

– Richard Clover, Commercial Manager, Ely Cathedral