Friday, 13 November 2009

PGMA leads inauguration of NCRPO's hi-tech tactical ops center

MANILA (PNA) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led on Thursday the inauguration rites of the Regional Tactical Operation and Intelligence Center (RTOIC) of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City.

The RTOIC is the first Operation Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that has the capability of a full-scale Command, Control, and Communication Center and shall serve as the main monitoring and dispatch hub of all police operations in Metro Manila.

The center has video wall consisting of 42 40-inch Large Format Display (LFD) monitors that have been configured to show video feeds from all Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras all over the metropolis. Using state-of-the-art wireless technology, all existing CCTV systems, such as those in the cities of Manila, Taguig, Pasig, Quezon City, and that of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are integrated through a digital backhaul facility.

Its data storage capacity can handle six months of video data and two years of backup. This makes the Center not only useful in responding tactical situations but also provides a rich database of information that can be used for strategic planning and other police administration purposes.

The RTOIC has been designed to absorb the traditional functions of the Regional Tactical Operation Center (RTOC). These functions include the reception and transmittal of all communications by fax, e-mail, and through radio. In dispatch or deployment of patrol units, its Global Positioning System (GPS) technology together with digital maps on screen allows accurate tracking of mobile patrol cars. These facilities have been proven to be very useful in monitoring of incidents and in calibrating response of police personnel and units to be deployed.

Rosales showed the direction of future developments of RTOIC. He mentioned the intent to fully utilize the capability of the present system to handle as much as 2,000 CCTV cameras in order to cover all cities and the lone municipality of Pateros. He also aid that NCRPO will later on employ Video Analytics to monitor, without active human intervention, concerns such as one-way streets, left baggage, loitering, carnapping, and perimeter intrusion. The system also provides a platform for thermal cameras to monitor fire and explosion incidents in Metro Manila as well as long-range cameras with zoom capability of up to 30 kilometers.

The integration capability of the center could provide for “stitching” of video frames to have a comprehensive view of an entire area of concern like a major thoroughfare such as EDSA or a large area like Rizal Park, using cameras in different locations. In incidents of crime, such as a shooting incident, sound integration could provide analysis on the type of firearm used.

Rosales said that smaller scale setup of RTOIC will be established at other District Offices similar with what he put up in the Manila Police District (MPD) during his time as its District Director. He assured the District Directors and Chiefs of Police that the whole police force in Metro Manila will be connected through the respective Operations Centers at the soonest possible time. In his courtesy call with the different local chief executives, all have expressed support to his project to setup local CCTV systems before the end of 2009.

The NCRPO chief said that he would continue to implement programs that are directed towards improving both efficiency and effectiveness of the police force in enforcing law, fighting crime, and promoting public safety.

Only last month, Rosales issued Blackberry mobile phones to all District Offices and City/Municipality Police Offices to provide them facility to get online real-time verification of vehicle registration from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), motor vehicle clearance and alarm from the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG), and Warrant of Arrest information from the National Bureau of Investigation. NCRPO has solved numerous cases because of timely retrieval of information from LTO and NBI databases.

Efforts are on the way to enable these equipment to have access to other databases of other law enforcement agencies. PDIR Rosales believes such collaboration and coordination would be helpful in the successful conduct of police investigations. (PNA)

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