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Safety first in Iskandar
(The Star; 04 Sep, 2013)
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JOHOR BARU: The installation of high tech closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras within Iskandar Malaysia will help boost the safety and security aspects of the region.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said by the end of 2015, 1,467 units of CCTV cameras would be installed in the economic growth corridor.

He said the installation of the cameras was one of the earmarked projects under the Safety and Security Blueprint of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda).

“We are fully committed to ensure that Iskandar is a safe place for residents and investors to work, live and play as well as tourists,’’ said Mohamed Khaled.

He said this to reporters during his visit to the command centre for the CCTVs, housed in the Nusajaya District police headquarters at Taman Nusa Bestari here on Monday.

Also present at the event were Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim and Irda chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

Mohamed Khaled who is also Irda co-chairman said the Federal Government had allocated RM245mil to Irda to install the 1,467 CCTVs to be implemented in stages.

He said phase one involving 250 cameras to be installed at strategic hotspots in the North Johor Baru and Nusajaya districts had already started in May 2012, and the CCTVs would be operational by next month.

Mohamed Khaled said phase two with 165 cameras for various places in Kulaijaya police district already begun in January this year and would be completed in January 2014.

“There are also about 100,000 CCTVs installed by the public and public parties in Iskandar of which 1,221 could be integrated with the Nusajaya command centre,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, DCP Ismail hoped the Federal Government would give its fast approval for the new Nusajaya District Police headquarters to be built in Nusajaya.

He said an 8.08ha site in the state’s new administrative centre Kota Iskandar, had been identified as the suitable site for the project estimated to cost RM100mil.

“It is vital to have a new police headquarters for Nusajaya due to the vast developments taking place in the flagship zone,’’ said DCP Ismail adding that two new police district headquarters would also be built in Pengerang and Yong Peng.

Nusajaya is one of the five flagship development zones in the 2,217 sq km, Iskandar – others are the Johor Baru City Centre, Eastern Gate Development Zone, Western Gate Development Zone and Senai-Kulai.

SAINS' Smartveillance solution, which is the basis for the Iskandar CCTV project, is an intelligent CCTV surveillance system which uses artificial intelligence to prioritize video observations so that the system can trigger alerts and bring important security issues to the attention of security staff.

 

Mohamed Khaled and DCP Ismail (right) looking at the television screens at the Nusajaya District Police Command Centre during the former’s working visit to the station on Monday.

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