Local councils making use of CCTVs to ensure SOP compliance

PENANG Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the existing CCTV cameras would be helpful for authorities to monitor the standard operating procedures (SOPs) compliance.

“The local councils would be able to monitor the situation at public spaces through the CCTVs installed across all the five districts in Penang.

“We should utilise technology to combat the pandemic,” Jagdeep said during a press conference held at MBPP’s Information Operation Centre today.

Jagdeep stressing the importance of adhering to SOPs

Jagdeep said the whole of Penang has a total of 1,243 CCTVs with 1,001 units on the island, which is managed by Penang Island City Council (MBPP), and another 242 units on the mainland administered by the Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP).

“On the island, out of the 1,001 surveillance cameras, 528 have been equipped with the video analytics feature.

“Meanwhile, on the mainland, out the 242 units of CCTVs, we have 25 surveillance cameras with the video analytics feature,” said Jagdeep.

Jagdeep checking out the CCTV footage

Jagdeep stated that more CCTVs would be installed at targeted locations, especially in the northeast district as requested by the police.

“We would be also upgrading more of our surveillance cameras with the video analytics function,” added Jagdeep.

Meanwhile, MBPP engineering director A. Rajendran said the council’s personnel in the operating room would be able to warn people to adhere to the SOPs through the CCTV’s speaker system.

Also present was MBPP secretary Datuk Adnnan Mohd Razali.

Story by Tanushalini Moroter
Pix courtesy of MBPP