CCTV in Karachi

img00484.jpgSince a few days I have been hearing about the recent deployment of CCTV cameras throughout the city by the city mayor Mustafa Kamal. The deployment of CCTV cameras at select traffic corridors of Karachi (and soon throughout the city) is to serve multiple purposes ranging from traffic monitoring to policing the area while it may also help catch any corrupt officials who may want siphon off innocent citizens. The whole project took only 6 months to complete and hopefully if used consistently will definitely help improve the security situation in Karachi.

The system is also said to have face recognition software, RFID software, and is connected to the NADRA database. What caught my attention was this booth recently (?) erected in front of Metropole boating a banner afixed to the top, which on afterthought might not be linked together, it generally read “Future Eye Inc. You are being watched CCTV & Network …..” I honestly have no idea what this booth has to do with CCTV deployment (?), is it to create awareness or does this booth have another purpose.

CNN:Airspan Networks a leading provider of WiMAX broadband wireless access networks, announced that City District Government Karachi (CDGK) in Pakistan has successfully deployed Airspan’s 4.9 GHz WiMAX solutions for its IP Closed Circuit Television Video surveillance project in Karachi. CDGK is committed to video surveillance of all major city roads. Airspan is partnering with GCS a U.S. based telecommunications integrator that provides wireless video solutions in Pakistan

10 Comments so far

  1. Tazeen (tazeen) on August 6th, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

    I honestly fear for the cameras. What if the people who steal everything from gutter ka dhakkan to wheel caps will also make do with the cameras

  2. fAr stAr (farstar) on August 6th, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

    then we need a camera to guard the other one ;)

  3. mkasa on August 6th, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

    i think they have to mount it secretly so that they can caught red handed and it must be an independent organization who control it otherwise "black sheepz" will used it for their il-legal motives.

  4. Faisal.K (faisalk) on August 6th, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

    cameras can be used to catch thieves and can be used by jacking thieves to catch people as well.. eh?

  5. tzaidi on August 7th, 2008 @ 12:52 am

    I tell you guys what eventually will happen with these cameras. the thanadaar will watch the roads of karachi and will inform mobile units to stop the cars which he think will pay them higher bribe, this will improve their effeciency in daily / weekly bribe collection targets.

    Therefore, get ready karachites to be jacked in a bit sophisticated way !!

  6. twintopaz on August 7th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

    Well visit GCS website and its obvious that its a front company..broken email id for contact, some photos and they claim to be consultants for this huge project..hah!

    Check the domain name and you will find out that on Mr. Aamir A Razzak registed it only 8 months back! and guess what..he doesn\t even have a office as the address he used to register the website is of some other company and his actual company owns salaries..!

  7. ameerhamza on August 7th, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

    Teeth Maestro: This photograph can’t be from Karachi. It clearly says CAPITAL POlICE, a term used by police from Islamabad. And off course the pine trees in the background make it abundantly clear that the shot is from Islamabad and not from Karachi.

  8. ameerhamza on August 7th, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

    And if the Capital Police booth is here in Karachi, for sure govt. has lot of reading to do. But how come Pine trees in there???

  9. d0ct0r on August 7th, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

    @ameerhamza its capital city police.. karachi police is called capital city police,karachi being the provincial capital,police chief is called ccpo(capital city police officer)

  10. d0ct0r on August 8th, 2008 @ 12:41 am

    while talking to Faisal Qureshi of Samma(cnbc) city nazim said that Rs 110 million have been spent on 54 cameras monitoring parts of signal free corridor 1 in first phase.

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