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Karachi. June 13:  The City Government Karachi has offered police department to use its command and control centre, recently established at the civic centre, for controlling crimes, terrorist attacks and monitoring traffic.

The offer was made by City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal during a briefing to media representatives on Command and Control Centre on Friday. The project which is first of its kind in Pakistan will be officially inaugurated on Sunday. Under the system full video monitoring of two model corridors (signal free corridor-I&II) of the city will be made through a sophisticated wireless video security surveillance network while the system will be gradually extended to other areas of the city.

The city government has acquired all technical expertise and equipments for this project. The first phase of the project has been completed with a cost of Rs.1100 millions under which 54 cameras have been installed on both signal free corridors and the centre has begun working on experimental basis.

Giving more details of the project the City Nazim said that latest Wimax technology has been used in this system while the experts from United States and Europe were hired for training of the staff. Within two weeks the system will also be linked with a most modern ambulance system so that in case of any emergency it could be dispatched to the site of the accident. The ambulances have been purchased from Mercedes Benz Company.

Nazim Karachi said the latest Wimax Technology has been used for cameras and all technology hardware and software have been imported from USA and European countries. In order to provide fool proof security and reliability to the system the whole network is on a licensed band from PTA which is used for public safety around the world. He said that the physical security and surveillance is the front line against criminal and terrorism threats, now a days it is the top priority for every government to provide the safe and secure environment for their citizens and guard its infrastructure by adopting any available technology that can be used to resolve the traffic congestion and also help to reduce street crimes.

The City Nazim said that the project was launched in January 2008 and now its first phase has been completed. The whole project took only six months to complete with all international standards. He said that it was a hard job to do as being first of its kind in Pakistan it was much difficult to introduce a new thing.

The wireless network coverage area is 36km with fiber optic back up. Mainly 54 cameras have been installed to cover two main arteries of Karachi known as Signal Free Corridor-I(from SITE to Karzas and Sharae Faisal) and Signal Free Corridor-II( from Nagan Chowrangi to Drigh Road and Sharae Faisal)

Nazim Karachi said that the main objectives of this system were to improve the physical security of citizen thorough video security cameras and to monitor the traffic flow and clear congestion on the roads through worldʼs best available technology. To Guard the CDGK infrastructure such as flyovers, underpasses and bridges and closely coordinate and work with traffic police along with Sindh crime Police in command and control centre to respond to law and order situation effectively were other objectives of the project. He said that the next phase of this project will include installation of the LPR (License Plate Recognition) Biometric Face Recognition and RFID system after which it would become very easy to identify the movements on streets of individuals, cars and other type of transit measure while it will be difficult for anyone to evade the law enforcement agencies.



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Thu 22 May 2008

By Jane Wakefield
Technology reporter, BBC News





Plans for a super-database containing the details of all phone calls and e-mails sent in the UK have been heavily criticised by experts.


The government is considering the changes as part of its ongoing fight against serious crime and terrorism.

Assistant Information Commissioner Jonathan Bamford has warned that the UK could be "sleepwalking into a surveillance society".

Others have questioned how such a database could be made secure.


Public confidence

"While the public is "sleepwalking" into a surveillance society, the government seems to have its eyes wide open although, unfortunately, to everything except security," said Jamie Cowper, data protection expert at data protection firm PGP Corporation.

"The bottom line is - information of this nature should only be held if - and only if - it can be demonstrated that an appropriate system of checks and balances is in place and the security of the information being stored is of paramount concern," he added.

Public confidence in the governments' ability to look after data has been dented in recent months with high profile failures, including the loss of a CD carrying all the personal details of every child benefit claimant.


The latest plans being mulled by the Home Office will form part of the proposed Communications Bill, which is due to be considered by MPs later this year.

It is, said a Home Office spokesman, crucial "to ensure that public authorities have access to communications data essential for counter-terrorism and investigation of crime purposes."




The more people who have access to it the more risks there would be

Chris Mayers, Citrix Systems

It would extend the powers of RIPA (the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) which currently allows hundreds of government agencies access to communications data.

Some believe such legislation, which requires government authorities to request information from communication providers, is more than adequate for law enforcement purposes.

"The fight against terrorism doesn't require a centralised database," said Chris Mayers, chief security architect at Citrix Systems, an applications delivery firm.

"Such a database would face threats from both outside and inside. The more people who have access to it the more risks there would be," he said.


Big Brother

The Internet Service Providers' Association said it was seeking more information about the proposals.

"In particular we want to know more about the Government's intentions regarding "modifying the procedures for acquiring communications data," said a spokesman.

In the run-up to RIPA being approved by parliament, human rights campaigner Privacy International argued that such an act would be a dangerous first step towards a "Big Brother" society.

According to Gus Hosein, a senior fellow at Privacy International, the latest proposals could be even more controversial.

"The idea that ISPs need to collect data and send it en masse to central government is, without doubt, illegal," he said.



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