NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – The government will next week kick off a Sh11 billion project for installation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in Nairobi, with the advertisement of an international tender.
Nairobi Metropolitan Development Minister Jamleck Kamau said on Tuesday that a control room for the cameras is to be installed at the Nairobi Provincial Police Headquarters within the next three months.
“I have instructed my Permanent Secretary to ensure that these tender documents are ready so that we can begin the process next week on Monday.
The tender process may take about a month to be in the papers until early July since it is an international tender,” he stated.
He explained that the cameras to be installed at potential hotspots within the city and crowded places should have a facial recognition feature which will make it easier to track down crime suspects being sought by the police.
“If someone is a terrorist and his face is entered into the computer, anytime a camera recognises his face somewhere, an alarm goes off and we are able to send our security officers to that particular area and capture that person,” he enthused.
He further said that the cameras will be equipped with number plate recognition and tracking features which will be able to detect and track down traffic offenders.
Kamau emphasised that the system will enable the principle user to view live streaming video from different areas of the city as well as record and store video for later viewing.
“As a strategy, the Ministry is planning an architectural phased implementation of the integrated urban surveillance system in the Nairobi Metropolitan region. This will enable scaling up and connection of existing and other private entities,” he explained.
He pointed out that the system will facilitate the monitoring of areas including, Community area, Upper Hill, Industrial area, Westlands, Eastleigh and all other main corridors which include Mombasa road, Thika road, Jogoo road, Langata road, Waiyaki way and Ngong road.
“The system will also be connected to all emergency service operators including the Kenya Police, National Disaster Operations Centre, Ambulances and the Fire Brigade,” he said.
CCTV cameras can produce images or recordings for surveillance purposes, and can be either video cameras, or digital stills cameras.