The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has rolled out a customized van that will monitor traffic and disasters in areas not covered by its closed-circuit television (CCTV) system.
The Mobile Metrobase, a converted Hyundai Starex, has four CCTV monitors and has a high-resolution camera mounted on its roof, MMDA said. It can record and relay footage to the MMDA command center in Makati City through a wireless network.
The three technician-operators assigned to the Mobile Metrobase will be in direct communication with the command center and the MMDA Flood Control Information Center.
The van is equipped with its own power generator in case of emergencies.
"This is a high-tech, highly-mobile command and communications center that can be deployed anywhere, 24/7 for traffic and disaster monitoring operations. This will be our eyes and ears to areas our CCTVs and personnel cannot immediately reach," MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said.
The Mobile Metrobase will be deployed to watch traffic moving out of Manila during the Lenten break, MMDA added.
The MMDA already has 55 CCTV cameras. Using the Mobile Metrobase will extend the coverage of the CCTV system to remote areas in Manila, "making it easier to provide assistance and service to the public," Tolentino said.
Aside from monitoring traffic and checking on emergencies, the van can also be used for "security surveillance operations, especially during mass demonstrations such as transport strikes," Tolentino said.
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