Some 3,000 CCTV cameras have been deployed in Cameroon in the framework of the “Cameroon Smart Cities” project, official sources reveal. The project, which is the result of collaboration between the incumbent telecoms operator Camtel and the Chinese firm Huawei, aims to install 5,000 CCTVs across the country.
On June 15, a video surveillance command and control center was inaugurated in Douala for the General Delegation for National Security (DGSN). The infrastructure is the annex to the Yaoundé National CCTV Command and Control Center, inaugurated on August 22, 2019. It reinforces the security system in the economic metropolis. It is equipped with a fourth-generation "Triple Play" communications system, enabling simultaneous and real-time transmission of sound, images, and video, state media Cameroon Tribune reports. Recorded images are transmitted to stations installed at the DGSN in Yaoundé and in the regional offices.
"The system developed reflects the Head of State’s determination to constantly improve the security of his fellow citizens wherever they may be on the national territory. This is one of the essential conditions for the emergence of our country," declared Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic (SGPR), who inaugurated the center on behalf of the Head of State.
To reinforce the operational capabilities of law enforcement officers, the government has launched, through the DGSN, a major project involving the installation of a smart video surveillance system in the ten regions. According to the DGSN, this system will help counter terrorist acts and organized crime as well as ensure buildings, public squares, and private properties that can be burgled, ransacked, or desecrated are efficiently secured.