Making the neighbourhood safer

Jagdeep (with red tie) inspecting the CCTV camera screens at Komtar, Penang.

‘EYES’ in all the five districts in Penang have been keeping the people safe and helping tackle various traffic problems.

Penang local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said at present, there are 1,242 closed- circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed on the island and mainland, many of them linked to the police.

“We have 1,001 cameras on the island operated by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and 242 on the mainland operated by the Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP).

“The cameras are installed to monitor various hotspot. The 528 cameras on the island and 25 on the mainland are equipped with video analytic functions.

“They are capable of tracking vehicles for traffic violations, alert about traffic jams and estimate vehicle counts as well as spot illegal dumping activities.

“Such technology helps us in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are watching you and your pictures are being taken every second of the day, ” he said during a press conference in Komtar on Monday.

“In January and February, MBPP recorded seven traffic accident cases and detected 3,969 traffic obstructions while MBSP found 15 traffic obstructions.

“Zero traffic jams were found on the island but 252 of them were recorded on the mainland through the cameras, ” he said.

MBPP monitors its cameras from a control room in Komtar while MBSP does it from its headquarters in Bandar Perda.

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