PNP to acquire 10 deployable CCTVs with 'AI' capability

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

March 10, 2021, 11:18 am

<p>PNP Director for Logistics, Maj. Gen. Angelito Casimiro. <em>(File photo)</em></p>

PNP Director for Logistics, Maj. Gen. Angelito Casimiro. (File photo)

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will use the funds it saved from its body camera project to buy 10 rapidly deployable closed-circuit television (CCTVs) systems with "artificial intelligence" (AI) features to help it track criminals and terrorists. 

In an interview on Wednesday, PNP director for logistics, Maj. Gen. Angelito Casimiro, said these CCTVs would be deployed to major events in the country that need extra security.

The PNP has acquired 2,686 body cameras and their associated equipment for only PHP288,888,888.

The original contract for the body camera project was PHP333,999,894.19, which means it has saved funds worth more than PHP45.1 million. 

Casimiro said these CCTVs could be programmed with a facial recognition feature that can be used to identify wanted persons and local and international terrorists.

He said this would allow PNP personnel to determine if these individuals are mingling with the crowd and take appropriate action immediately.

"Sasabihin po niya doon sa control na nandun lang sa vicinity niya na this person is 90 percent o 92 percent o 94 percent similar po dun sa taong hinahanap niyo (The CCTV will tell the command and control station that the person, who is 90 percent or 92 percent or 94 percent similar to the person being hunted by the police, is in the crowd)," he said.

Casimiro also noted that the system complies with the PNP's accuracy standard of 90 percent and above in terms of biometric features. 

Another advantage of these deployable CCTVs, he said, is that they could be set up on the venue itself, which means it does not have to be linked to the PNP main command center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. (with Priam Nepomuceno/PNA)