Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Zahid at the 2017 Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day today. Pix by Eizairi Shamsudin

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will soon install auto-tracking High Definition (HD) closed-circuit television (CCTV) system in 200 “hotspots” nationwide to digitalise their assets and operations.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Zahid said this was among several other measures to carry out “modern policing”, to be fully implemented within the next two years.

"The current CCTV system we use does not track criminals but with the improved system, they can be caught within 15 hours.

"With the new system, we target to reduce crime rates by 53.2 per cent. At the same time, the public must trust the credibility of our police as we obtain our data not only from the police but also third-party validators.

"The national crime rate has gone down by 47 per cent but this is not reflected in the public's perception of the police," he told reporters after delivering his keynote speech at the 2017 Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day today.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the move would digitalise police's assets and operations in various fields particularly crime-prevention and prosecution of criminals.

"The Proof of Concept (POC) (feasibility study) has been carried out and the hotspots that were identified include areas with high crime rate, drug abuse and distribution centres and accident-prone locations," he added.

Zahid said the ministry was awaiting police's report on the system's efficiency, which would be delivered to the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu).

"Pemandu will look at the aspect of technology utilisation and financial package required for the system before the 24-month implementation period.

"After that, the implementation will start and this includes installation of equipment and coordination with various local authorities and enforcement agencies, to ensure the assets are being shared by relevant parties," he said.

Present were Second International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

At the event, Zahid witnessed the signing of memoranda of understanding (MoU) between Huawei and four other parties: Universiti Malaysia Sabah, SME Corp, Terengganu government and CyberSecurity Malaysia.

During his speech, Zahid said the national research and development centre in information and communications technology (ICT) Mimos had joined forces with Huawei to develop advanced video and facial analysis system.

"As video surveillance is an essential part of a security system, I hope this venture will see Malaysia having a system so intelligent, that it can trace and analyse moving objects in video feeds, detect abnormal behaviours, and generate alarms for the authorities to take appropriate measures.

"With this, high-risk behaviours can be prevented in advance, rather than after an incident has occurred.

“I am excited about it and I am sure that the entire nation is also looking forward to such system," he added.

Mimos and Huawei last month signed an MoU to identify opportunities related to regional public safety and smart city projects.

Both parties will hold discussions and exchange information to jointly develop solutions using Mimos’ Open Innovation Platform and Huawei’s OpenLab.