City allocates P117-M for Public Safety Project, not only for CCTV PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2015 13:59

The P117-million appropriation, which was contained in the 2015 Supplemental Budget Ordinance the City Council approved on second reading Tuesday (March 24), is not intended entirely for the purchase of security surveillance cameras or CCTVs.

The amount represents the total cost of the city government’s Public Safety and Surveillance Project (PSSP), of which the purchase of close circuit TV (CCTV) cameras is only one of the components.

The PSSP seeks to establish a world-class data center that is reliable, secure and scalable to be an intelligent citywide command center retrofitted with data security firewalls, fire control, precision cooling, network monitoring system, and will house various servers for different applications running the public safety program.

It will also include a world-class Incident Response Management System (IRMS) similar to the popular 911 call and dispatch system found in other countries. The IRMS will be manned by call center agents to monitor and record calls and incidents, including spatial GIS Mapping (Geographic information System).

Under the P117-million project, the command center system will have integrated security surveillance, traffic management surveillance and mapping system, which can integrate digital radio communication system and other sensor or data such as GPS, river/rain sensors, GSM Text-Blast system, population, police, tourism, disaster-related data, and future citizen-participatory mobile apps.

In a nutshell, the P117-million appropriation is not for surveillance cameras alone but for the entire myriad of network infrastructures under the PSSP of the city government, endorsed and certified urgent by Mayor Beng Climaco. The project is similar to Erap’s Emergengy Response System in the City of Manila, 911 Central of Davao City and Makati City Command Center.

The project is anchored on the present administration’s priority thrusts on Security, Health and Education (SHE). It is the Mayor’s vision to have a smarter city. — Vic Larato