By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Among additions to infrastructure in Port Moresby for the recent APEC Leaders Meeting, was the installation of Closed Circuit Television cameras in various parts of the city.
At the time of APEC, the CCTV system was overseen by the Joint Security Task Force, with the system’s control center based out of Hohola.
With APEC having concluded, NCD Governor Powes Parkop has hinted at the use of the CCTV system by NCDC in the near future.
In the lead-up to the recent APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, CCTV cameras were placed at different locations to monitor the traffic, mostly along the routes that were to have been used to transport Leaders.
In total, more than one hundred cameras were installed – all controlled from the JSTF Command Centre.
But now that APEC has come and gone, the city Authority plans to utilize them.
According to NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, this will be done in consultation with relevant authorities.
Whilst the exact details have not been made known, Governor Parkop is confident that if utilized well, the CCTV system can be used for various means that could be useful for the city authority in its various monitoring functions.
This is not the first time that the city authority has considered the use of CCTV in its operations, previously it trialed the concept in partnership with a local security firm.
However, this time around, there are hopes that it could be successful, given the approach to have Police oversee the CCTV control center.