New traffic surveillance system launched in Qatar
The Ministry of Interior recently launched a new traffic surveillance system for intersections that will be controlled from the National Command Centre (NCC).
The director of Security Systems Department, Major Al Sayed, at the launch explained that surveillance camera systems have become one of the most important technologies implemented in developed countries and is a big step towards controlling the traffic surveillance at intersections. “Now we can monitor and follow up the traffic situation there around the clock so as to take necessary actions according to the scenes we watch on the screens installed in the NCC in order to ease the traffic movement,” he said.
The intersection surveillance cameras will be implemented to cover 33 intersections in its first phase. According to Lt. Ahmed Jumua Al Kubaisi, a projects officer at security systems department, the new system will allow them to manage traffic flow by identifying blocks at intersections immediately and sending patrols to abate congestion, a very serious problem in Qatar. In addition to this, the systems will help to investigate the traffic violations and accidents that happen in the coverage area of the cameras. Qatar has one of the highest traffic accident rates in the world, and various strategies have been put into place to combat the problem.
“We have linked these cameras between the surveillance room at NCC and operations and control room of the Ashghal,” added Lt. Al Kubaisi. The new system he says, will contribute in reducing the traffic accidents by analyzing situations through the use of live screens.