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Gov't pursuing islandwide video-monitoring network

Published:Thursday | September 11, 2014 | 4:49 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Government has entered an agreement with telecommunications operators for the creation of a platform to allow state agencies to monitor critical locations from a central point through a closed-circuit television system.

E.G. Hunter, the head of the National Works Agency (NWA), revealed in Parliament yesterday that the system, called the public emergency network would allow his entity, with the help of cameras linked to the cables of telecommunications companies to view activities at various points across the island.

Hunter said, under an agreement, a portion of the cables being laid by telecoms companies will be given to the Government.

"This building (Gordon House) is to be connected to that network," Hunter said during a meeting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee.

"The works towards Papine (St Andrew) that you see is to connect the Ministry of Agriculture and the Scientific Research Council," Hunter said.

The ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management) is already connected.

Hunter further said the data collected via the cable and cameras are to be channeled into a control centre.

"There is a control centre at the NWA, where we can sit, where we can look and see you. We see your car. We see the licence number. There are a number of cameras that are strategically placed. The intention is to build that out to cover the entire island," Hunter said.

Stephen Shaw, manager of communication and customer services at the NWA, said the public emergency network also represents an attempt to build out a traffic-management system.

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