Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Government to add an additional 1,000 CCTV cameras in Lagos

The Lagos State Government Monday disclosed that it would soon begin the installation of additional 1,000 Close Circuit Television (CCTV), which it said, would help beef up security and crime monitoring in the state.

With the latest development, the number of security cameras, which are in operation across the state would be 2,200, out of which the federal government earlier deployed 1,000 and the state government 1,200.

However, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), disclosed the plans to install additional 1,000 CCTV at the public security system demonstration at the Lagos State Security Command and Control Centre, Alausa.

The governor, who witnessed the security system demonstration with some media executives, said the state government would expand existing camera and telephony infrastructure to support the deployment of the additional cameras to effectively cover the entire state to make it safe and secure.

Fashola, therefore, expressed optimism that with all these security equipments being put in place, there “will be no hiding place for criminals in the state anymore. Since 2008, my administration has demonstrated its resolve to do something about the poor state of security in the state.”

He explained that the state was now in a position where it had one camera “to cover about 10 square kilometres, noting that there is still room for improvement. Despite the equipment, there is no assurance that there would not be crime in the state as even in well developed countries.”
He acknowledged that there “will still be crime. With the equipment, it has made the job of identification easier. Providing security is the primary assignment of government and that government would not shirk from its responsibility.”

Speaking earlier at the forum, the state’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje, said the state government had concluded plans to purchase 10, 000 additional handsets for use by operatives of the Nigeria Police, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LATMAS), Lagos State Ambulance Service and Lagos State Fire Service among others.

He said security equipment already deployed “to the state include 1,000 plus surveillance cameras, 66 base-stations on CDMA technology, microwave links, normal telephony capacity, network with 3G data capabilities, existing camera while telephony infrastructure has the capacity to carry 100,000 subscribers.”

He added that the cameras had been deployed in critical locations, such as Ikorodu Road, Oshodi, Agege Motor Road, Festac, among others, adding that 2,000 handsets had been deployed to members of the police and RRS.

He said video conferencing had been deployed by the state government “to enable quick decision making among security operatives.

The state government had taken ownership of the infrastructure in addition to the pool of surveillance cameras. The state government fueled all 66 base-stations and maintained the stations and the 1,200 security cameras.

“The state government has built a video wall for live feeds for effective monitoring of the cameras. Lagos State Government is in the process of purchasing a Video Analytics Solution for effective surveillance of areas covered by the cameras.”

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