By Emilian Kayima
Daily Monitor News Paper in their September 20th, 2018 edition run a story titled, “CCTV CAMERA SYSTEM FAILS TO READ BODA LICENCE PLATES”. This is very inaccurate and inappropriate too. It misleads audiences and must be corrected.
It should be clear that contrary to the allegation in the news paper article, these cameras ably read and recognize boda boda registration plates as they do with the car registration number plates.
There are automatic Number Plate Recognition and the facial recognition cameras as there are cameras that query the data base for matching Automatic Number Plates. Their placements are unique compared to the surveillance ones. Their operation is set to give alerts of any blacklisted number plate on the wanted list. Their installation has not started yet.
Secondly, the surveillance cameras that are being installed will ably identify the riders and will show that the cyclist passed that point of choice. They will bring out the picture of the rider very well. There is an intelligence component in these cameras that help in identifying objects as defined by the system. In this case, an object refers to human beings, abandoned items, and groupings of items or people.
It should be clear that truly, the contractor has never been summoned by the police management over this matter because it has never come up as a concern.
The team handling this project is fully satisfied with what is being done and we are moving on smoothly as per the schedule keeping in mind the required standards.
In conclusion, the public ought to know that this project will help us a great deal in planning, managing and control of traffic in towns and highways as well as the fight against all forms of crimes and offenses. We must therefore be aware of these facts and their resultant effects, do all within our means to protect these facilities especially motorists by being careful and sober drivers. Those that will abuse these facilities will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Finally, we implore the to seek full information and clarification in case some story has to be written to avoid sounding false and alarmists when it could be a case of lack of clarity. We are always available to clarify on anything in this direction and more.
SSP Emilian Kayima,
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
UGANDA POLICE FORCE,
SEPTEMBER 21, 2018