City government public safety surveillance project underway PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 August 2015 14:39

by SheIla Covarrubias

The city government through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) is now laying the groundwork for the implementation of the P117 million Public Safety and Surveillance Project (PPSP) which includes the purchase of close circuit TV (CCTV) cameras.

In a meeting with the different stakeholders recently, the CDRRMO together with the Computer Services Division under the Office of the Mayor presented the PPSP plan including the budgetary requirements and other details necessary for its implementation.

CDRRMO head Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D. said the meeting was the initial step to a series of initiatives that will be undertaken to implement the project that 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).

The project is endorsed and certified as urgent by Mayor Beng Climaco and is anchored on her priority thrust on Security, Health and Education (SHE).

Based on the proposed project, the command center system will be manned by the CDRRMO and 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.

The proposal is similar to the 911 Central of Davao City as well as the Makati City Command center and Erap’s Emergency Response System in the city of Manila. — Sheila Covarrubias