Eyes in the sky: Mecca's mega security command center takes shape

Published May 16th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Previously known as the Command and Control Center, the new facility will have 18,000 cameras which will be linked to smart applications in future. (File photo)
Previously known as the Command and Control Center, the new facility will have 18,000 cameras which will be linked to smart applications in future. (File photo)

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior is set to launch in Makkah province the biggest and most modern security command center in the Middle East.

The road security control room has already started working in the center, which was launched by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior last year.  

The Ministry of Interior has trained over 1,600 officers and privates to manage and operate the National Center for Joint Security Operations.

The center receives reports via 911, which will gradually replace the numbers of various security sectors. The unified number helps in passing information within seconds.

The ministry will merge the current operations rooms into one location run by over 400 officers and privates on every shift. The security men and officers working in the center are fluent in English, who were trained abroad.

This is considered to be among the most sophisticated centers in monitoring security via 18,000 cameras which will be linked to smart applications in future. The center has two giant screens, considered to be the biggest in the Mideast.  The center has also ensured provision of services to people with special needs like the deaf and dumb. 

Previously known as the Command and Control Center, its task was restricted to coordinating the efforts of the security authorities.

Editor’s note: This article has been edited from the source material

 

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