MMDA installs additional 100 CCTV in Metropolis

March 18, 2013 10:35 pm 

MANILA, March 18 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday started installing 100 additional high definition closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on various strategic locations along Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares in a move to enhance its remote monitoring system.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the additional high definition cameras installed are a mix of fixed, pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) with the latest video analytics software that can trigger an alarm on certain events, thus allowing the agency to respond at real time.

“The installation of these CCTV cameras will provide wider monitoring coverage, and further advance the agency’s quick dispatch, rapid response, and better coordination particularly during critical situations,” Tolentino said.

Of the 100 additional cameras, 18 were installed along Commonwealth Avenue, 56 along EDSA from Monumento to Taft Avenue, 14 along Aurora Boulevard, from Recto to Santolan, eight along España Boulevard, and four along Quezon Avenue.

The new wireless communication system will be manned by the MMDA Communications and Command Center which houses the Operations and Control Monitoring Group (Metrobase) and in charge of coordinative work among concerned agencies and offices in relation to accurate information dissemination and / or retrieval.

It will operate 24/7, and is equipped with efficient network storage devices that can store and recall images / videos when needed.

Among the features of the new cameras are speed detection, vehicle classification, counting function, and face recognition. Some cameras are equipped with the feature of license plate recognition, which has the ability to capture license plates of vehicles violating the parameters set forth by the agency.

For his part, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief director general Alan Purisima commended the MMDA for the agency's latest project.

“Napakaganda ng proyektong ito na makakatulong sa law enforcement functions ng PNP,” said Purisma who graced the launching of the agency’s latest project.

He said they are planning to hook up with the agency to address criminal activities such as kidnapping and bank robberies.

"For example, there are bank robbery situations, we can immediately know the traffic situation and see from the cameras where would the perpetrators head," Purisma added. (PNA)



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