Karachi has Surveillance Cameras

We are watching you now: Kamal
* CDGK video surveillance has caught bribe-taking and can record license plates of moving vehicles and passengers

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

THE City District Government Karachi (CDGK) is ready to inaugurate the country’s first wireless hybrid video security surveillance network (WHVSSN) Command and Control Center.
So far, 54 surveillance cameras have been installed by the city government at different points on Corridors I and II – SITE to Karsaz flyover at Shahrah-e-Faisal and Nagan Chowrangi to Drigh Road bridge – covering almost 36 km of roads. The control centre, which is operating on an experimental basis, is likely be inaugurated by Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan on Sunday.
City Nazim Mustafa Kamal, while briefing journalists on Friday at the command center at Civic Center, offered the police department use of this network to curb crime and terrorist activity in the city. The traffic police will also benefit from this system in regulating traffic, he said.
The first phase of installing 54 cameras has been completed at an estimate cost of Rs 110 million. In the next phase, the project will be expanded to install LPR (license plate recognition) and BFC (biometric face recognition) systems.
“We have a license for 4.9 GHZ band frequency from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to provide foolproof security and reliability to the wireless network. This frequency is not shared by any other network so the safety of the project is never compromised,” he said, adding that fiber optic cables have also been laid out to secure back-up to all camera sites.
The entire network is based on Wimax Technology and has been installed by foreign experts. Local staff has been trained to run the system round the clock. The project was started in January 2008 and within six months its first phase has been completed. The center has the capacity to save video recordings for up to a month.
The nazim assured that the network will be expanded to all major arteries, including Corridor-III from Safoorah Goth to Tower and Shahrah-e-Faisal to Mereweather Tower in the next couple of months. Surveillance cameras will also be installed at Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim.
He said that police chief Shoaib Suddle has been briefed on the WHVSSN and he appreciates this idea. After negotiations between the city government and the police department, police officials will sit in the command center to monitor the main arteries of Karachi.
Footage shown: Kamal, in a briefing of the Command and Control Center, showed a 13 minute documentary to the media packed in the room full of LED monitors showing videos from cameras installed in different parts of the city.
Some of the scenes, selected by the city government, were truly shocking. These included footage of real-time accidents recorded at different points in the city and videos of policemen taking bribes from commuters.
“It is not our intention to demoralize someone but to identify the problems being faced by the citizens on the roads and to ensure a sense of security and justice,” briefed Kamal.
He nazim further said that Wimax cameras, used in the project, have the capability to identify number plates of moving vehicles as well as the commuters riding in them.
-Published in Daily Times | June 14, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on July 8, 2008.

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