KUALA LUMPUR: The number of undesirable incidents in police lock-ups has seen a decline following the introduction of the Self-Monitoring Analytics Reporting Technology (Smart) Lock-up system in February last year.
Deputy-Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the system, developed by Mimos Bhd, has proven to be a worthwhile investment for the police force.
“A total of 57 lock-ups in Klang Valley have been installed with the system including one centralised lock-up in Shah Alam.
“Since the installation of the system, the number if undesirable incidents in lock-ups have dropped. And even if it happens, the time taken by our men to retrieve the data for forensic investigation has been trimmed compared to when using conventional CCTV cameras,” he said.
The system, said Noor Rashid, would eventually be expanded to cells in other states.
“We will apply for allocations from the government. It cost RM3.3 million for 57 lock-ups in the Klang Valley so if it is going to be installed nationwide, it will surely need a large allocation,” he said.
He said if the allocations were approved, they would look into installing the system at main lock-ups such as Taiping, Perak and George Town, Penang.
Noor Rashid added with the usage of the system, less manpower will eventually be needed to man lock-ups nationwide and the policemen could be tasked with other duties.
Noor Rashid was speaking to reporters after the system handover at the National Innovation and Creative Economy 2017.
The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Yahaya.
The Smart Lock-up system, which collects and analyses recorded data, detects unusual movements in lock-ups as well as other areas inside a detention centre.
The system will then trigger an alarm at the centre's control room, alerting personnel on duty of the unusual movements and prompting them to conduct checks.
The system is also equipped with number plate recognition, enabling the police to identify vehicles entering and exiting the compound.
It was first installed at the Jinjang Centralised Lock-up Centre last year. Jinjang now has 60 cells fully equipped with the Smart system.