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Government plans to upgrade and expand CCTV system

CCTV camera (File photograph)

The Ministry of National Security is looking for a firm to upgrade and expand the island’s CCTV network, according to a recent Request for Proposal.

A procurement notice published earlier this week said that the ministry wanted a hybrid CCTV infrastructure consisting of both fibre optics and wireless transmission.

The current system features 154 cameras, which are monitored from Command Operations.

“The CCTV solution has the ability to access and show historical video while recording, has several search-by features, can record on continuous recording, can adjust to daylight and night-time vision, has the ability to download video, and has various video monitoring stations,” the RFP said.

The notice added that the ministry wanted a new system architecture that would support PTZ cameras – which can be tilted or swivelled – varifocal cameras – which have adjustable lenses – and cameras designed for facial and licence plate recognition.

The system must also feature built-in redundancy at all levels and be scalable for future growth.

The notice said the contract would be “turnkey”, with respondents expected to supply, install, test and maintain the equipment for five years.

The deadline for submissions is 4pm on September 8 and the RFP has an anticipated execution date of December 1.

Earlier this year David Burt, the Premier, said $1 million had been budgeted to start upgrades to the island’s CCTV system – upgrades previously promised in last year’s Throne Speech.

Former Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said last summer that the island’s CCTV network was not up to standard and that the service was in talks with the Government about speed cameras.