National Security Minister Robert Montague has said almost Jamaican $3 billion is needed over the next two years for the full implementation of the national Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system dubbed JamaicaEye.
Mr. Montague said the islandwide system is now in its initial phase and implementation is expected to take place next month as the ministry awaits Cabinet approval for the additional funds.
This comes in the wake of increased incidents of shooting and murders islandwide.
JamaicaEye will allow citizens and business owners with cameras pointing in the public space to voluntarily provide their camera feed to a restricted team of vetted security professionals at two monitoring centres.
The initial launch of the programme will utilize the feeds of 200 cameras owned by the Government and an expected 300 through public-private partnership in the initial phase.
The video feeds will be passed through a suite of video analytics.
Under the programme, citizens and businesses with CCTV systems will register via a website.
More public-private partnership
The National Security Minister has appealed for more public-private partnership to assist with the expansion of the CCTV network.
He disclosed that his ministry is going on an aggressive campaign to get private camera feeds.
Mr. Montague explained that to outfit Kingston with CCTV's would have cost the Government more than $1 billion.
Camera systems in Montego Bay will be upgraded and additional cameras have been ordered.