Penang Will Use CCTVs To Monitor The Public And Alert Those Who Defy SOP Over Speakers

The cameras are equipped with facial and vehicle registration number recognition capabilities.

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On Thursday, 25 June, the Penang government announced that it will be using closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor residents during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period

Many of these cameras are equipped with an intelligent video analytics (IVA) system which will allow government officials to monitor various public areas. 

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Those who defy standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be immediately alerted by authorities through speakers placed throughout the state

According to Bernama, authorities from Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) will publicly notify those who are seen disregarding SOPs through speakers found around Penang.

Police officials are also prepared to take further action should offenders continue to defy regulations. 

So far, a total of 1,177 CCTV cameras have been installed all over Penang

In a press conference, State Housing, Local Government, and Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo was reported by Bernama as saying that they would be embracing digital technology to ensure public safety and security.

There are currently 935 CCTV cameras set up on Penang island and 242 on the mainland. Out of these 1,177 cameras, 475 have been upgraded to include facial and vehicle registration number recognition capabilities. 

Jagdeep Singh Deo.

Image via Chan Kok Kuan/Buletin Mutiara

These cameras were first upgraded to include IVA in January last year as a way to combat crime and facilitate police operations - the first state in Malaysia to use the technology.

According to Malay Mail, MBPP Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said that the implementation of this initiative would contribute to the state's hopes of becoming a smart city.

A CCTV camera monitoring Penang Road in George Town.

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Penang government officials are expecting 78 cameras to be upgraded and 88 more cameras to be installed by the end of this year. 

While Penang may be categorised as a green zone, Jagdeep reminded local residents that the fight against COVID-19 is not over just yet

 A report by Buletin Mutiara indicated that the compliance rate was found to be 99.6% on the island and 99% on the mainland. 

This was concluded after checks were performed by local council officials in over 460,000 areas in Penang. 

Although compliance rates have proved satisfactory, Jagdeep was quoted by Buletin Mutiara as saying, "The public must not be too complacent. The fight against COVID-19 is not over."

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Penang first revealed that it would be using facial recognition technology to catch criminals two years ago:

By using these cameras, local authorities may be able to identify those defying SOPs more quickly. In March, this man attempted to evade police by jumping into the sea:

In the past, CCTV camera footage has helped authorities uncover details that would otherwise go unseen:

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