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Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by BAK, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Dar city to be under surveillance camera

    By Staff writer

    13th September 2009

    A part of Dar es Salaam city

    Alarmed by the growing crime rate and the rapid growth of population, the government is considering installing sophisticated digital Closed-circuit television (CCTV), The Guardian on Sunday has learnt.

    If the proposal gets the approval of security organs, Dar es Salaam a home to about 4 million peoplewill soon be under CCTV.
    Dar es Salaam is currently the country's biggest economic hub, contributing about 70 percent of the government's revenues per month.
    Due to its proximity to the Indian Ocean, the city also plays a crucial role as an export and import hub for Southern African countries through Dar es Salaam port.
    But as it continues to expand economically and socially, criminals have also been penetrating into its streets, damaging its long-standing image.
    Though its crime records has not reached at the levels of Nairobi and Johannesburg where the authorities have been struggling to cope with the swelling criminal activities.
    According to impeccable sources, the Police Force and the Dar es Salaam City Council have for years now been considering the use of surveillance cameras to transmit a signal to control centres, on a limited set of monitors as one of the viable options for curbing growing crime in Dar es Salaam.
    Crime experts also suggest that the digital CCTV can help the security organs to curb incidences such as the US embassy bombings that occurred in Dar es Salaam in 1998 as well as future terror attacks.
    In Africa South of Sahara, Johannesburg and Cape Town are the major cities that have installed surveillance cameras in order to curb crime as well as monitor traffic movement on their roads.
    For instance, Johannesburg the city of nearly 5 million people very notorious for crime has over 200 sophisticated digital surveillance cameras, according to Gerrie Gerneke, a director of licensing, prosecutions, municipal courts and special projects in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).
    According to reliable sources inside the Police Force, apart from Dar es Salaam, two major cities Mwanza and Arusha would also be included in the multibillion project.
    In the light of the growing crime rates in Dar es Salaam as well as in Mwanza and Arusha, local and international security experts have already prepared a well detailed proposal on how the multibillion project could be implemented in two different phases.
    According to the document a copy of which The Guardian on Sunday has seen, the highly sophisticated CCTV cameras would be installed in the city's Central Business District (CBD) in order to monitor the movement of people as well as vehicles.
    Other areas targeted for monitoring by surveillance cameras, according to the plan, will be Morogoro, Old Bagamoyo, and Kilwa roads.
    The surveillance cameras will also be deployed in busy areas in the city believed to be "hotspots" for criminals. The second phase of the project according to details seen by The Guardian on Sunday will target Mwanza and Arusha respectively.
    However, implementation of the multibillion project will, among other things, depend on the approval from Tanzania Intelligence Services as well as the Cabinet.
    The execution of the project which investors especially in the banking, hotel and other economic sectors consider a must for Dar es Salaam, will also depend on the availability of funds, The Guardian on Sunday was told.
    Although senior police officials were reluctant to divulge much information on the project to the media, impeccable sources told The Guardian on Sunday that "the project has already been drafted; what is awaited is approval from high security organs".
    Contacted this week for comment, the Police Spokesperson, Abdulah Msika said, "I am aware of the programme, but let me first of all consult with my seniors before giving you further details."
    When contacted for further details, the Inspector General of Police Said Mwema said, "I am in South Africa and can't discuss this issue with you over the phone…contact me when I return."
    How the system works
    According to IT experts, besides fighting terrorism, digital security systems installed in public places, buses, or retail centres can deter crime, provide the police with leads, help citizens feel safer, and improve the economy of a crime-stricken area.
    These IP-based systems not only capture precise images, they do so in a way that is scalable within a company's current IP network with pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras that are fast and sophisticated.
    These digital surveillance systems can cost upwards of a million dollar since they include the digital surveillance cameras and the requisite connection to the IP-based network.
    Although the cost of the systems is much greater than traditional CCTV surveillance systems, the advantages of using Internet Surveillance systems far outweigh their initial start-up costs and most company's CCTV analog systems have now gone digital for improved performance, surveillance camera maneuverability, and quick user feedback.
    A digital security system consists of hardware and software components that collect and transmit the surveillance camera information via wireless technologies, fiber optic cable or over any IP-based network. Both power and data can be carried on the same cable by using PoE (power over Ethernet). Some cameras in a digital system may also have their own IP address for full access to the Internet. These surveillance images are then transferred to a PC or laptop in a centralised control room to be viewed by an observer using a compact, flat-screen monitor that offers multi-screen displays.
    An IP-based digital system is unlike the traditional closed CCTV system, whose images must be monitored using multiple monitors, sites and personnel.
    The digital system can store surveillance data onto DVRs (digital video recorders), some of which can store data up to 10 weeks -- far more than CCTV analog systems. After the DVR has backed up the images, they can be exported to discs using the CD-RW drive, and then they can be sent to remote PCs, laptops, or handheld devices within moments via the network. Digital recording is twenty four hours, without the need for cumbersome CCTV videotapes that have limited storage capacities.
    However in countries like UK and USA, there has been strong opposition from human rights activists who claim that the system violates people's rights to privacy.

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    Ndusty JF-Expert Member

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    Thanx for the post.am 100% agreeing with u because we received inquiry from a company in tanzania for the quotation of the surveillance cameras.we have sent our price quotation which fits their requirements..so this is the real thing..its a good step forward
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    Hivi kwani tatizo ni kukosekana kwa CCTV au ni mfumo mbaya wa Jeshi la Polisi? Kama ushahidi upo na watu wanapeta sioni jipa, bora wangesema kingine. CCTV na rushwa ya bongo, ngoma droo. next file please
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    With this technology we will be able to catch the petty thieves and deter crime in our City. This is excellent, but, my question is: How are we going to catch the real thieves - the Mafisadis?
    We need also to devise the means at any cost to catch the Mafisadis within us - it's only then that we shall be able to eradicate crime in our City.
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    In Tanzania mafisadis are free to continue with their ufisadi, it is good for their party.
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    Misplaced priorities pamoja na miradi ya ulaji.Sisikii mipango inayolenga kutatua matatizo ya kimsingi, kama employment au kutoa huduma za light rail Dar, ila tukipewa hizi proposals za "Economic Hitmen" tunazimeza hook, line and sinker.

    Hivi tunajua hii system kui deploy citywide itakuwa extensive kiasi gani na how cost benefit analysis will it be? What are the alternatives? What is the opportunity cost of doing this? Will we be able to maintain and support this system? Funds gani zitatumika? Is this the best use of our meager resources? Huko zilipo deployed zimekuwa na mafanikio na challenges gani?

    Au ndiyo haya mambo ya kuiga tu?
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    Hope hizo CCTV zitawaona mpaka Mafisadi.
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    Bluray JF-Expert Member

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    Huu mradi umefuata transparency tendering standards? Isije kuwa ni janja ya wachache kutuuzia rada 2009 style. Uchaguzi unakuja na watu wanatafuta hela kwa nguvu.
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    Ngambo Ngali JF-Expert Member

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    priorities, priorities, priorities, what are our priorities in every sector of life????

    maisha ya watanzania na viongozi wetu ni kama kuku wa kienyeji akitoka bandani asubuhi yeye ni kutafuta chakula cha siku hiyo tu mambo ya kesho sio kazi yake.

    Rapid bus transport itakuja imeyeyuka, vitambulisho vya utaifa sheria ilitungwa mwaka 1986 mpaka leo tunasuasua, stakabadhadi maghala nayo ndo hivyo, kilimo kwanza ndio moto unawaka sasa kesho kila mtu kasahau, mradi nchi hii ni vurugu mechi.

    Hiyo cctv ni ndoto ya mchana.
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    Froida JF-Expert Member

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    Mpango batili CCTV kamera zinawekwa kkwenye mitaa iliyopangiliwa na inayopitika si tulishaambiwa na Tibaigana na Adadi kwamba pale makao makuu Polisi walikuwa na kamera ya kuuona jiji zima sasa imekuwaju jamani danganya toto mpaka lini

    Wafanye mpango mkuu wa kimapinduzi kuchimba barabara za mitaa kwenye maeneo ya Dar es Salaam na kuwafidia wenye nyumba hivi hii Dar es Salaam baada ya miaka mitano itakuwaje kila kitu holela au wanazungumzia kuweka taa mikocheni msasani na osterbay pia upanaga sisi akina kajamba nani manzese tabata kimara tulie tuu