Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Twenty-five councils have been selected nationwide for the installation of 496 closed circuit television (CCTVs) cameras by the end of this year, under second phase of MSAFE Putrajaya project. It is a combined effort of Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), Ministry of Information, Commu¬nication and Culture, the police and Putrajaya Corporation.
MSAFE is an extension of the Safe Cities Programme. The programme involves integration of CCTVs with the Malaysian Emergency Response Service (MERS 999) system that is run by TM. The system features GIS and digital mapping that enable police at the command centre to view real time visuals of the scene and immediately dispatch emergency services.
The CCTVs are able to capture visuals with 25X optical zooming capability and are equipped with horn speakers for enforcement officers to communicate within an average of 30m radius.
In the Klang Valley, all the CCTVs in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will be linked to a “nerve centre” enabling authorities to better detect street crimes.
There are 39 local authorities that have signed a memorandum of understanding with the ministry to enhance security in their respective areas. In Sarawak, Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) will have CCTVs placed at hotspots in its jurisdiction.
MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang said in August that the council had put forward a bid for funds to the Housing and Local Government Ministry early this year for the CCTVs to be installed.
The ministry had allocated RM1mil to each local council for 2011 and 2012 under the Safe Cities Programme.
Source: The Star