The Ministry of Defense is determined to link 367,000 closed circuit cameras across Thailand by 2019 for national security and public safety.
Ministry of Defense Spokesperson Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich said the government will join hands with private organisations to connect more than 367,000 surveillance cameras, both working on analog and digital systems. He said Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan had asked responsible units to repair all broken cameras and formed two working committees tasked with accelerating the connection of surveillance camera network and managing CCTV data and storage. Kongcheep added that tax incentives will be rolled out to motivate private firms to install more surveillance cameras, whereas the Ministry of Interior has been assigned to add more CCTV cameras at border crossings in 27 provinces.
Software that connects analog and digital cameras has been developed and will be tested in four pilot cities – Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Nakhon Sawan.