Penang first to test out hi-tech system in George Town


Comm Thaiveegan (left) being greeted by a lion dance troupe for the launch of the Computerised Patrolling System (CoPS box). — Photos: GEORGE CHEAH/The Star

THE time-honoured police boxes is making way for a hi-tech one.

Instead of the traditional log book for police on patrol to check what has been going on at that location, there is now a Quick Response (QR) Code.

Policemen need only scan the code and immediately get information on the residential or commercial lots they visit.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan said that the system is on a trial run for now and Penang is the first to test out the system.

“The public will be able to respond through the system and provide comments. It creates a two-way communication,” he said at a press conference after launching the Computerised Patrolling System (CoPS box) at the Light Collection III at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway recently.

Comm Thaiveegan (left) showing the device used to scan the QR code of the CoPS box. Looking on is Deputy Comm Roslee.
Comm Thaiveegan (left) showing the device used to scan the QR code of the CoPS box. Looking on is Deputy Comm Roslee.

Comm Thaiveegan said that those who want to install the system would have to engage with the private company, JR Integrated Safety Solutions Sdn Bhd, and subscribe for the CoPS box service.

“It has been two months since this system was introduced and there are 21 locations with the CoPS box in the northeast district.

“We want to see the public response before we propose the idea to Bukit Aman and share it with other states,” he said.

Earlier, CoPS box chief coordinator Asst Supt Rohizad Halim said the system would ensure confidentiality of police visits to the premises without alerting the irrelevant parties.

(From left) Goh with state police deputy chief Deputy Comm Datuk Roslee Chik, Comm Thaiveegan and other senior police officers at the launch of the system at the Light Collection III at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.
(From left) Goh with state police deputy chief Deputy Comm Datuk Roslee Chik, Comm Thaiveegan and other senior police officers at the launch of the system at the Light Collection III at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.

“It will also track police officers on their patrolling duties as the system is equipped with GPS route navigation,” said ASP Rohizad, who is also the officer-in-charge of Jelutong police station.

JR Integrated Safety Solutions business development director Jarmy Goh said the subscription fee of the service was RM100 a month.

The Light Collection Joint Management Body chairman Carole Loh said Light Collection I, Light Collection II and Light Collection III were all subscribers.

“When a policeman scans the QR codes, our security team will be notified immediately.

“We can also update the police on any security concerns we have,” she said.

For more details, contact any of the five district police stations in Penang or e-mail iss@copsbox.com.

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