By Philippine News Agency
MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Home Defense Technology Corporation (HDTC) Inc. have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on efficient communications and response arrangements for real-time crime reporting system.
PNP officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa and HDTC chief operating officer Jacob Luke Rana signed the pact at the PNP Ante Room, Camp Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on Thursday.
Gamboa said the agreement aims to provide a real-time crime reporting system triggered by alarms from clients of HDTC which needs police response.
“With this new collaboration, we envision this part of the PNP’s Secured, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence-Driven, Real-Time, Technology (SMART) Policing program as a great innovation toward intelligent implementation of innovative policing technology in accordance with existing rules and policies,” Gamboa said in a statement on Friday.
On the other hand, HDTC joined the PNP in ensuring a peaceful home and communities all the time.
Such partnership, Gamboa said, would be through providing hi-technology home security gadgets and equipment, “while giving communications and response technology with use of the internet towards safe and secured communities.”
On Thursday, the PNP has chosen the proponent for the procurement of body cameras worth around PHP289 million that will be used in anti-illegal drug operations.
Out of six proponents, PNP officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said the project for the acquisition of body-worn camera system for police operations was awarded to the EVI Distribution, a San Juan City-based company.
“This system is expected to equip our police units in support of our anti-criminality and anti-terrorism operations including mission-essential equipment for mobility and investigation,” Gamboa said in a statement.
“This includes taxes, duties, maintenance and its data system,” he added.
Gamboa said the National Management and Monitoring Center was chosen to be the unified data hub of the body camera system.
He said the PNP would not only procure body cameras but also “sophisticated, reliable, and secure system which will allow complete system management, real-time live streaming, data storage, and backup, and overall connectivity and monitoring”.
Included in the procurement are connectivity systems, accessories, video management software, computer servers, and sufficient storage for the body cameras.
Meanwhile, the PNP Information Technology Management Service will man the monitoring center along with its 17 Regional Monitoring Centers, and 81 Provincial Monitoring Centers (PMCs).
Previously, Gamboa said the PNP is eyeing to use body cameras by 2020.