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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cameroon Borrowsr CFAF 22.95 Billion Loan From China To Fix CCTV Cameras That Would Video What People Are Doing

CIN| These funds will be used for the partial financing of the Extension Project at the national level, the intelligent system of urban video surveillance (phase I), reads in the decree of the Head of State, relayed by Cameroon Tribune on newsstands on Wednesday 6 June 2018.

A commercial contract for the implementation of the national extension project, the intelligent urban video surveillance system was signed in February 2017 between the Directorate General for National Security (DGSN) and the Chinese company Huawei Technologies for the installation of 1,500 cameras in regional capitals and some strategic points of the country. The cities of Kribi, Kyéssi, Garoua-Boulaï, Waza, Fotokol, Kousseri, and Amchidé have been targeted.

The contract will also provide for the supply of 2,000 portable transceivers equipped with cameras. The establishment of a national system for communication and management of emergency calls is planned. Just like the construction of nine command and information rooms, two of which are national: Yaoundé and Douala.

This project to strengthen the operational capabilities of the police and the surveillance of the territory is part of the government's national strategy against crime.

It should be noted that the negotiations with Huawei go back to 2009. As a test, the intelligent system of CCTV was set up in the cities of Yaounde, Douala, Garoua-Boulai, Kye-Ossi, Waza and Kousseri. According to Martin Mbarga Nguélé, the DGSN, the exploitation of the equipment of this pilot phase allowed the defense forces, police, gendarmerie, Presidential Guard, to cover with satisfaction the services of order, on the occasion of the exits of the President of the Republic and visits of foreign Heads of State. But also to reconstruct certain facts in the context of court proceedings, through recorded images.

During the women's CAN, Huawei deployed a video surveillance system in the competition, training and accommodation stadiums of participating teams in the cities of Yaoundé, Limbé and Buéa. " The satisfactory results have led the head of state to authorize the extension of this system throughout the national territory ," said Martin Mbarga Nguélé.