Friday 23 June 2017

Garda 'Big Brother' cameras to identify and track criminals

Computers in patrol cars, CCTV part of €200m tech upgrade

'A €200m revamp of the force's out-of-date technology will equip Garda patrol cars with new onboard computers to allow better surveillance and instant identification of suspects' (stock photo)
'A €200m revamp of the force's out-of-date technology will equip Garda patrol cars with new onboard computers to allow better surveillance and instant identification of suspects' (stock photo)

Kevin Doyle and Jim Cusack

CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities are to be rolled out across the country as part of a major overhaul of the way gardaí tackle crime.

Garda stations will also be equipped with a system which will allow the CCTV alerts to be shared with officers around the country, under a modernisation of the force's technology.

A €200m revamp of the force's out-of-date technology will equip Garda patrol cars with new onboard computers to allow better surveillance and instant identification of suspects.

The new technology will allow for 999 calls and public calls to stations to be co-ordinated, in what will eventually be one integrated system.

The Garda Pulse system will also undergo a major upgrade, with some aspects of it currently described as "prehistoric".

A new command and control centre will be based in the Dublin Metropolitan headquarters at Harcourt Square.

The modernisation plans to be announced today will adopt a 'cradle to the grave' approach to data on criminal activity, so that officers can have a single view of every piece of intelligence relating to a case.

Irish Independent

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