GIS – 21 May, 2019: In line with Government’s vision of making Mauritius a safer country, the Safe City Project is being implemented. The Project will comprise: 4 000 intelligent surveillance cameras, 4 500 trunking smart handsets, 350 vehicle-mounted radios and 150 fixed desktop terminals to be installed in various Police Stations and an Emergency Response Management System. The Project is expected to be operational by end of December 2019.
The Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence, Minister for Rodrigues, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, was replying this morning to the Private Notice Question set by the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly which pertained to the Safe City Project.
This project, the Mentor Minister highlighted, will provide for an integrated and advanced technological system to ensure safety and security of the public in general in Mauritius. It will act as a powerful and effective tool to combat crimes and drug proliferation and also assist in more effective traffic road safety management, he added.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth recalled that the contract for the implementation of the Safe City Project was signed on 19 December 2017 with Mauritius Telecom adding that the project is expected to be completed and made operational by end of December this year.
As regards data storage, he pointed out that all data will be stored on dedicated Police “Storage Servers” which have been designed to keep data for that purpose. These servers, he added, will be located in a Government building and access to these servers will be strictly controlled and only trained and authorised Police Officers will be allowed access to the stored data.
Furthermore, he underlined that the Commissioner of Police is currently working with the Data Protection Commissioner for the formulation of a Code of Practice to ensure strict compliance with all security aspects of data protection.
Minister Jugnauth stated that the data collected, which will be stored for a reasonable time depending on the circumstances, will be used solely by Police Officers who are responsible to take all measures for the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of an offence, including the execution of a penalty.
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