Guyana: Smart City surveillance cameras operational to fight crime

Smart City surveillance cameras operational …Chinese-built system has facial, car licence recognition capacity

The unveiling of the project

Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, and Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, along with other high-ranking officials were given a preview of how the Safe City System works. The headquarters is the New National Database Centre, Liliendaal.   

The Safe City System is a component of the US$32M National Broadband Project, which was received from the Chinese Government over two years ago.

Minister Ramjattan said the system is crucial. He highlighted that statistics shows that 53 percent of serious crimes occurs in the city hence the decision to launch the pilot project in Georgetown.

“This is going to be one of the best developments for our country in relation to matters of security and the capacity and capabilities built in to ensure that we can track vehicles, track suspects to the extent of knowing where they are… thorough this technology, I am just so thrilled,” the minister underscored in a government statement.

The system is being built by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Noting that the system will enhance the capacity of the police, Minister Ramjattan described it as a combination of personnel and technology that will take Guyana forward in terms of security.
The project is a collaboration the governments of Guyana and China.

The high-tech system can perform face and [car] licence recognition. Several police vehicles are also equipped with cameras and radios that can be traced and accessed at any time. From the security control room, the operators have access to all the cameras across the city that they can pull up on a big screen as they keep watch.

What is more important, is that the control room is also connected with all the stations in Georgetown, making the system effective.

Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun, said that security is paramount, and the new system will be very useful to Guyana’s security sector and for businesses.

“I think that in the 21st century we cannot only count on the people, we have to count on the technology and equipment. So this is a good thing here. Now we have the technology, I think most people will be happy and just a few people are not happy,” the Chinese Ambassador said.

These are “exciting times for Guyana and its security sector,” remarked Minister Hughes.

The government, she noted, is committed to using information technology to transform Guyana and ensure that more government services are accessible. The Safe City component will ensure that there are prompt and efficient public security services.

“This is a direct benefit to the people of Guyana who we know deserve the best… what we are showing you, is how through technology, we can guarantee a higher level of service to citizens of Guyana,” Minister Hughes stated.

The project in the city is a pilot, which is expected to be implemented throughout the country, shortly. While the Command Centre for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) will be constructed shortly, they will have full access to use the current system immediately. (DPI)

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  • Linda  On 07/28/2019 at 9:12 am

    This is fantastic news for Guyana. However, maintenance of any new endeavour, not only in Guyana but in other countries in the region, is crucial to its success. Hopefully Guyana has the tech support that will be required to maintain the ongoing support of this new development.

    • Trevor  On 07/29/2019 at 4:53 pm

      Blackouts plenty in GT and running water doesn’t reach the 2nd floor of many buildings, but suddenly, just in time for oil, the AFC goons find 4K video surveillance to use against the populace for oil?

      The 4K video will be misused and used to protect those 10 storey buildings that are slated to be popping up next year.

  • Trevor  On 07/28/2019 at 12:57 pm

    This will be used against critics of the government rather than teifmans.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 07/28/2019 at 2:40 pm

      My thought, too, Trevor. As occurs here in the USA, increased surveillance of the population is all done in the interests of our personal safety.

      • Trevor  On 07/29/2019 at 4:52 pm

        Yankee police state coming to GT for the oil. ExxonMobil isn’t that dumb as they know how to make a profit.

        My guess is that even if a pro-capitalist neo-liberal supporter assassinates Freddie Kissoon for what he writes, the video surveillance will not pick this up and it will become like Tupac Shakur.

        7 billion barrels of oil is no joke!

      • Trevor  On 07/29/2019 at 4:57 pm

        The corporate elite don’t like what I type or are words being flagged?

        AFAIK, Freddie Kissoon doesn’t drive late at night because he fears that someone will cause an “accident” using a larger vehicle.

        Yes…even in the AFC days, Freddie Kissoon is living in fear of being assassinated… it’s public record!

        Does one even think that 7 billion barrels of oil will change anything other than fuel military and police corruption against dissidents such as Freddie Kissoon?

        Oil money, 7 billion barrels, will make the PPP/C alleged ties to cocaine money look like pocket money.

        Imagine seeing AFC goons building 10 storey buildings and installing 4K security cameras to monitor critics. Oil money will allow corrupt officials to buy guns from America to gun us down for speaking up against the oil companies.

  • wally n  On 07/29/2019 at 5:29 pm

    Lawd help Guyana. Whenever the chinese come up with something, there is always a deeper, insidious, motive, maybe Guyana should look at root cause of the increase in crime. London probably has more cameras, better system, think that lowers the the rate?
    Safety is in perception, more law enforcement patrolling, don’t wait to see the “movie”
    Was there not a “Bongo Squad” during the choke and rob era?

  • Trevor  On 07/29/2019 at 11:16 pm

    Chinese money launderers have been constructing 6 to 10 storey high rises in GT for the past decade. I wonder if this surveillance was intended to protect the interests of the moneyed and well-connected political and corporate elite, rather than to stop crime?

    Do they know that they will rob Guyanese of the oil monies, and is anticipating foreseeable unrest?

    Are they taking measures to send a message to dissidents like Freddie Kissoon (Big Brother watching you)?

    It’s highly suspicious that just in time for oil, that this Big Brother is watching you has come to our shores!

  • Ben Khan  On 07/30/2019 at 12:13 pm

    Why is the UK government recruiting 20,000 NEW police officers because of knife crimes in London, when they have cameras all over the city? Obviously, the system is useless. The cameras will not work in Guyana, due to lack of electricity. If the cameras are battery powered, am sure batteries will be stolen or not replaced when required. Let’s think again! Pick pockets are all over China.

    • Trevor  On 07/30/2019 at 6:57 pm

      The UK doesn’t have 7 billion barrels of oil compared to Guyana, but the Big Brother surveillance is the same logic: To spy on the populace for corporate power.

      ExxonMobil and China both have a stake in the estimated 20 billion barrels of oil along the Guyana, Suriname and Cayenne Guiana basin, and spying on citizens to prevent social awareness is one way they could do that.

      China and the USA will find a way to power those spy cameras on the populace, reason being—oil and power!

  • wally n  On 07/30/2019 at 4:24 pm

    Ben brings out………………………. THE SLEDGE HAMMER… thanks sometimes you have to!

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