The Lagos State Government on Monday further showed its commitment to protection of life and property in the State with a demonstration of the workings of the live feeds from the 1200 security cameras already deployed across the state.
Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) said this during an interaction with some senior journalists at the Command Centre, where he promised that there would be more cameras to nip crime in the bud.
The Governor who spoke at a demonstration of the capabilities of the 27 -screen video wall monitors which was witnessed by a select audience of the Deputy Governor, some members of the Executive Council and Senior Editors, added that the state has moved from a zero camera state to about 1200 camera state.
He explained that the demonstration is a follow up to what was started many years ago when a pilot scheme was located in Lekki in 2008 with one camera saying it was a demonstration of the resolve of the Government to do something about improving the capability of its personnel to carry out their duties as far as protection of life and property, its primary responsibility is concerned.
As he said, the demonstration was meant to show how far his administration has come since then even in spite of the many criticisms, cynicism and doubts cast on the project.
?Now we have moved from a zero camera State to about 1200 Camera State. How significant that is, some numbers would show us. We are now in a position where we are now on one camera to about 10 sq kilometers, so we are far behind other cities like New York and London, where they range between 200 and 450 cameras per Sq km. but we have moved from 0 over 4000 Sq. kilometers and we have reduced that distance significantly?.
?How did we do it, we have merged our cameras with the ones that the Federal Government installed, so we have taken all the feeds in here. We have moved from one small screen that you saw in Lekki to 27 screens that are collapsible in all forms either to one big wall, three screens and so on?, he stressed.
Governor Fashola also explained that it is vital to focus attention on the fact that the Camera Control security centre is not a one event destination but a continuous and persistent implementation of many small solutions that has brought the State this far.
He added that it is a big web that started first with the Security Trust fund which provided equipment, vehicles, stuffs and was followed by street signage because it was discovered that while the Police could move they could not identify streets.
?We followed that with house numbering, all of which are still work- in- progress and we realize that now that we could get Police to move, but how do we call them. We moved from an 11 digit number to 3 digit number, 767 or 112 because we did not think people in trauma will remember an 11 digit number easily and how quickly you can contact the Police or ambulance is the difference between what practitioners of disaster management call the golden hour?.
?You can see how things were layered over one another and for many years we were looking for a solution to this work because we knew this could be a solution. In terms of the call centre which is downstairs, in the last few years, all of the operators, the ambulance, RRS or Police, and fire service have their offices in this building. When we started they were all operating from one container?, the Governor said.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Nike Animashaun made a presentation to the audience on the workings of the cameras and the specific areas where they are deployed.
In her presentation of the live feeds from the various points in the State, she demonstrated how the cameras can zoom into particular objects and also take snapshots in addition to making 360 degrees turns to capture events simultaneously.
She also demonstrated the pre-recording capability of the security cameras which assisted security agents in nabbing suspects who engaged in an armed robbery attack at a Public Car Park at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport recently and also some people who were peddling banned substance somewhere in Oshodi.
Presentations were also made by the Director Computer Services in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Debola Omoboya who took the audience through the emergency telephony demo and how the State has been able to leverage on the emergency telephony infrastructure.
He demonstrated four key services namely, the emergency telephony system, the video surveillance system, the video conferencing system and the e-police system which is based on the call centre located in the Command Centre.
Mr Omoboya also demonstrated the four scenarios that play out at the onset of any emergency which starts with a phone call from a distressed member of the public and includes decision making, emergency response and ends with the reporting phase.