Sri Lanka Telecom, the national telecommunication services provider has successfully connected the country's first and largest Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance system through its advanced fibre optic-based Metro Ethernet Network (MEN) infrastructure to improve road safety and national security by providing facilities to authorities of the Sri Lanka Police Department to carry out real-time video monitoring, control cameras remotely, record, store and playback.
Currently the CCTV camera system is fully operational under the supervision of The Sri Lanka Police Department (www.police.lk), under the directive of the Ministry of Defence (www.defence.lk) with a view to improving road safety, tracking down crimes and offences that are committed in the city streets.
The Department of Police, under the directive of the Ministry of Defence has requested SLT to provide connectivity to selected 30 street junctions in Colombo city and the suburbs. All these locations have now already been installed with multiple surveillance cameras mounted on one or more camera posts.
SLT has already linked these locations to the Police Headquarters through Metro Ethernet Network. The 107 cameras and connectivity via optical fibre to ensure the required bandwidth for video surveillance.
According to statistics, Sri Lanka experiences approximately 100 traffic related accidents per day, out of which approximately 6 people are killed each day. In terms of damages to public property, the country suffers an estimated Rs. 10 million loss. Sri Lanka reported a reduction in traffic related accidents to 2300 incidents in 2012 from 2498 in 2011. Therefore, statistics reflect the positive impact of ICTs in minimising traffic related accidents.The Sri Lanka Police video surveillance network was implemented with 107 cameras connected through SLT’s advanced communication infrastructure, Metro Ethernet Network (MEN).