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Wed 3 Mar 2010 09:21 AM

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Abu Dhabi to spend $120m on CCTV towers

Towers will be equipped with radar-enabled cameras linked to a central comms system.

Security bosses in Abu Dhabi have announced plans to spend more than $120m on a series of state-of-the-art surveillance towers in the capital.

The National reports that the towers will be equipped with radar-enabled cameras linked to a central communications system. The system is expected to be operational by the beginning of 2011.

Bought from US firm ICx Technologies, the new cameras will be added to the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA)’s already extensive network, the newspaper said.

“CNIA always seeks out the most innovative and effective techniques and equipment in order to fulfil its mission of protecting Abu Dhabi’s critical infrastructure assets,” Staff Col Ishaq Al Beshir, CNIA’s director of operations, told the newspaper.

Al Beshir did not specify the locations or number of cameras, although he did indicate that the towers would cover Abu Dhabi’s “critical infrastructure”.

The CNIA also announced that a system of thermal-imaging cameras is being installed along the Abu Dhabi coastline, which can track the movements of ships within 15km of the shore to assess threat levels.

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Austin 10 years ago

Amazing they can invest $120m in these cameras, but not average speed cameras that would save lives of some of the hundreds killed on the roads of Abu dhabi every year

mounir 10 years ago

Austin: Abu Dhabi is full of cameras and undercover cars that pull you over for the slightest mischief. With my own two eyes i have seen all kinds of cars, from unmarked Porsche Cayennes to an unassuming old Corolla pulling over people who drive too fast, follow too closely, or drive dangerously in any way. The point of these new security cameras is not for traffic and safety so you dont really need to confuse the two. The poles for these new cameras have been placed all over the city *they're the new T-shaped poles on the edge of the island between the roads..shorter than the usual light poles*