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Trinidad and Tobago is building a $12 million, $2,500 CCTV facial recognition camera array to prevent crime

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A new network of 2,500 CCTV cameras and facial recognition software are being installed in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago at a cost of TT$80 million (US$11.7 million), reports the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced installation was underway in the country, which has a population of 1.4 million. Acting Police Commissioner McDonald Jacob told the Guardian that the new technology would soon be introduced.

Jacob said a national security agency is testing the facial recognition software and police, apparently impatient, will soon have access to the tools. Facial recognition capabilities are meant to detect and prevent crime as police step up their efforts to tackle the islands’ rising murder rate.

A healthy discussion in the comments section of the Guardian article suggests the situation is more nuanced than the acting police commissioner portrays.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement of funding for national security agencies of TT$5.79 billion ($853 million) for 2022-23, up from $5.66 billion previously. The announcement at the end of September also indicated the supply of biometric tools for military, police and immigration purposes.

Biometrics providers were not named.

Article topics

biometrics | Caribbean | video surveillance | criminal identification | facial recognition | law enforcement | Trinity | video surveillance

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