12 June 2014

Kenya: Safaricom Can Deliver Surveillance System - CAK

Nairobi — Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi has expressed optimism on the capacity of Safaricom to establish a security surveillance system for the country.

Appearing before the National Assembly's Administration and National Security Committee on Thursday, Wangusi said although the authority was not involved in the tendering process, the company was well equipped to perform the task.

He allayed fears that there will be interference of the network, saying it will be fully under the National Police Service once established.

"The active infrastructure will be the only one through which one can interfere with the activity and contents of the security network of police," he said.

"We already advised that the active infrastructure should be exclusive to the police."

Wangusi pointed out that Safaricom will only develop the current police network through Long Term Evolution technology.

"On the international best practices, we have followed them and we want to ensure the entire process is followed to the best interest of Kenyans," he said.

The committee will next week question Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo on how the Government decided to award the tender to the company.

Dalmas Otieno a member of the committee advised that the probe should be expedited, "since it revolves around our security. If I am to be asked, we need this project as early as yesterday."

On May 15, Safaricom's technical team explained that the new Communication, Command and Control System cannot be infiltrated; is better manned and will enhance real-time security once rolled out.

A total of 7,600 police officers can be served at a go but it will be scaled to 50,000 officers later on.

If approved, the project will first be implemented in Nairobi and Mombasa with over 1,000 cameras set to be fitted in strategic positions.

The system uses three high definition cameras; infra-red camera, box camera and dome cameras.

The dome camera can cover a 360 degree area while the infra-red camera will have ability to capture images in low light areas.

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