More than a third of all criminal cases have been investigated using the local public surveillance system, known as “Eyes in the Sky,” Security Secretary Wong Sio revealed. Chak today (Monday) in the Legislative Assembly (AL).
“Many relevant or serious crimes have been detected or investigated through the ‘Eyes in the Sky’ system,” Wong said when responding to lawmakers’ questions on the security sections of the 2022 political speech.
These included two cases of homicides linked to an illegal currency exchange with the surveillance system that allegedly helped to resolve these cases quickly, with the defendants being intercepted in mainland China and Macau.
In his opening speech, Wong also indicated that his office will move forward with planning for the fifth phase of the “Eyes in the Sky” system in 2022.
According to the 2022 political address document, the fifth phase of the surveillance system will install 300 new cameras from the first quarter until the fourth quarter of 2023.
The first four phases of the video surveillance system have already guaranteed the operation of 1,620 cameras since 2016.
The remaining phases of the “Eyes in the Sky” project will extend the CCTV system in 2022 and 2023 to areas with a high concentration of people, in newly recovered areas, border control posts and urban areas, namely close to schools and public transport stations.
Ultimately, the communities plan to install a total of 2,600 surveillance cameras in the city by the end of 2023, and 4,200 by 2028.
Next year and in cooperation with the future effective implementation of the city’s master plan for 2020-2040, the authorities will also start studies for the implementation of a sixth phase “Eyes in the Sky”.
The Unit Police Service (SPU) also completed the first phase of initiated testing for facial recognition and license plates in 100 surveillance cameras last year.
These tests included inserting data from suspicious (simulated) individuals or vehicles into a back-end server to check for matches in the records of the “Eyes in the Sky” system, which are then verified. manually for confirmation.
During today’s AL session, Wong also touched on the future use of the surveillance system by customs at local border checkpoints, indicating that border authorities will use “Eye in the Sky” cameras equipped. facial recognition capabilities for smuggling prevention efforts.