China to create world’s largest security network with 500,000 cameras

March 10th, 2011 - 11:42 am ICT by ANI  

Beijing, Mar.10 (ANI): China will spend 2.6billion pounds on 500,000 surveillance cameras to create the world’s largest security network.

The system would create world’s largest ‘Big Brother’ network of CCTV since the September 11 attacks.

The Chongqing city in China has been drawing up the plans for the system after clashes between religious groups in July 2009.

The cameras will be installed by 2012, with a purpose to reduce crime and to carry rescue operations and emergecy controls.

According to The Daily Mail, Chongqing police chief Wang Zhijun said that the system would be the world’s largest security network since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

This camera system would dwarf a network of 40,000 cameras installed in China’s Xinjiang region.The computerised cameras will be managed by one network, which will allow authorities and emergency services in the area of more than 30 million people to share the video feeds.

Chinese authorities are increasingly enlisting technology for security purposes. It was widely rolled out in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games.

The government has expended resources to police online activity and block anti-government postings and other politically sensitive material with a system known as the ‘Great Firewall of China’.

Plans for the surveillance system came after officials in the region announced plans to build 10 luxury inland river cruise ships large enough for helicopters to land on. (ANI)

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