KUCHING, Jan 8: The Ministry of Local Government and Housing in collaboration with the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) has begun the installation of 800 CCTVs across 200 sites in Greater Kuching under the Smart City digital economic sector agenda.
According to SMA General Manager, Dr Zaidi Razak, this is an aspiration of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s Digital Economy agenda to accelerate Sarawak economic growth via the Smart City concept.
The initiative is expected to provide urban dwellers an improved quality of life amidst a sustainable green environment.
“With this concept, a key enabler is the digitalisation of urban areas whereby all forms of data are centralised for robust planning and timely execution of essential services. In this regard, the Sarawak Integrated Operations Centre (SIOC) acts as the command centre,” said Zaidi.
The CCTVs coated int eh areas of Kuching South City Hall (MBKS), Kuching North City Hall (DBKU), Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) and Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) will feed SIOC with real-time footages and data on a 42/7 year round basis.
In so doing, Zaidi said the CCTV network will create a safe environment for the community in terms of crime and vandalism prevention, early flood warnings and securing assets close the the respective CCTV sites.
“The copious amount of data generated from the CCTV network will contribute to Sarawak’s Big Data strategic initiatives.
“As a result, the innovative use of such Big Data will expedite Sarawak’s digital transformation journey,” said Zaidi. — DayakDaily