Kenya Security forces to test run Safaricom security system

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securityThe Kenya security forces are set to try out the new Safaricom surveillance and security system in four months time.

The Standard reports that so far there are already live installations of the system in some parts of Nairobi and Mombasa.

The company has also been building a command and control centre at Vigilance House and is expected to have trained 10, 000 users by the set deadline.

“The system is already live and we currently have a temporary control centre which is working and about 20 cell sites,” said Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore

“By May 25, we hope to scale this up to 96 cell sites, with about 600 high-definition cameras installed, 600 devices in police cars and about 6,000 hand-held devices deployed,” he added.

The Westlands-based telcom was awarded the security tender that would see it  install 1,800 CCTV cameras; 1,500 in Nairobi and 300 in Mombasa, three control and command centres – two in Nairobi, one in Mombasa as well as  five video conference facilities.

Internet services to 195 police stations, 7,000 devices, 130 fixed desktop phones, 80 Base stations and 600 vehicle-mounted systems are also part of the deal.

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