Mandalay project with telco under review, says chief minister

Cooperation between China-based telecommunications giant Huawei and Mandalay city in a “Safe City” project is being reviewed, says Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung.

A committee comprising Mandalay City Development Council, police, and NGO representatives, chaired by Regional Minister of Electricity and Construction U Zarni Aung, is overseeing the project, which involves the use of technology to improve public safety in Mandalay.

“We are working to eradicate crime, however, some parties are criticising our cooperation with Huawei at a time of intense trade tensions between China and the US. We will review the criticism, as alternative technologies could be used for the project and no formal agreement has been signed for the project,” said U Zaw Myint Maung.

The project involves the installation of CCTV cameras connected to police stations in Mandalay townships with high crime rates. Artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology would also be incorporated in the project, for which Huawei had conducted feasibility studies on installation sites in three townships, U Zaw Myint Maung said.

“Such a system would improve public safety, and other cities around the world have such systems in place.However, we will now consider the advisability of relying too much on any one vendor for the project,” he added.

“The project will cost an estimated K2 billion to put in place, and the plan was submitted to the President’s Office in May,” said U Zarni Aung.

“As mentioned earlier, no formal agreement has been signed yet for the project, as we are still considering the final details of the system, and we are also seeking advice from the Office of the Union Attorney General on the project,” said U Zaw Myint Maung.

About K2 billion will be needed to implement the project, and that amount will come from the budget, said U Zarni Aung.

“Detailed points about what we want to carry out will have to be included in the agreement, so we can’t reach the agreement alone. We also have to ask the Office of the Union Attorney General for advice. It’s taking long because of the process involved,” said U Zaw Myint Maung.

Currently, two technology-based projects are being carried out in the region, the Mandalay Smart City Project spearheaded by the Mandalay City Development Committee, and the Safe City Project led by the regional government.

It is hoped that such projects will help reduce traffic congestion and crime in the region. – Translated

Source: Myanmar Times

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