Mobile traffic video system ready to go

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Issue 939, Page 4
Word count: 373
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Transport Bureau (DSAT) and the Public Security Police (PSP) have jointly launched a mobile traffic video system that aims to control traffic and reduce congestion more promptly in emergency situations.

Four such devices, at a total cost of some 300,000 patacas, have already been installed on two cars and two scooters of the PSP.

According to Lai Kin Hou, chief of the DSAT transport equipment, the four vehicles will be sent out to places where traffic surveillance systems are absent or in emergency situations such as car accidents, in order to let the police force implement traffic controls more flexibly and thus cut down traffic jams.

The devices will also transmit live visual images at the same time to the DSAT and PSP Traffic Department.

Lai said that the vehicles will not be in operation round the clock, but only in emergency situations or when some large-scale events are being carried out.

The system was created jointly by DSAT and PSP at the end of 2009. It was on trial during Macau’s 10th anniversary celebrations and on the New Year’s Eve and Lai said the results were positive.

In addition, the DSAT has installed additional 44 roadside video monitors throughout Macau, Taipa and Coloane, which will be in operation by the end of March.

Images from some of the locations will be downloaded to the DSAT homepage at http://www.dsat.gov.mo for public to check the traffic conditions.

These new monitors cost the government around two million patacas.

Of the 44 video monitors, five are around the airport, two near the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, two at the Lotus Flower Border, three near the Border Gate and the rest are mainly being put up in major interactions.

Lai Kin Hou said after the DSAT moves to its new office building, a 24-hour traffic control room will be set up.

According to Lam Man Wai, chief of the PSP Traffic Department, the video systems are mainly to monitor road conditions or in some cases may be used to provide evidence for car accidents, but will not be used for criminal investigations.

Lai Kin Hou also assured that the cameras are only to monitor road traffic and it is unlikely that individual privacy will be invaded.

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