#SAFARICOM to provide national security systems following a government go- ahead

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Ministry of Interior and
Coordination of National
Government today signed a
landmark agreement with
Safaricom that will see the
roll out of a first-of-its-kind
National Surveillance,
Communication and Control
System, for Nairobi and
Mombasa.

The two parties signed the
contract at Harambee House
where  Cabinet Secretary for
Interior and Coordination of
National Government
Joseph Ole Lenku; Amb (Dr.)
Monica Juma, Principal
Secretary, Interior, Dr.
Kamau Thugge, Principal
Secretary, National Treasury;
David Kimaiyo, Inspector
General and Bob Collymore,
Safaricom CEO we in
attendance.

The development effectively
means that Safaricom can
now embark on the process
of building the secure
communications and
surveillance network. The
solution will also include
the installation of cameras
in the two cities to provide
real-time footage to the
National Police Operations
Centre.

According to Cabinet
Secretary Mr Lenku, the
project is meant to enhance
security in the country by
providing security agents
with the capability to
monitor and deter crime. In
July, the National Assembly
Committee on
Administration and National
Security approved the award
of the project to Safaricom,
setting the stage for today’s
announcement.

Over the next 18 months,
Safaricom will build an
intelligent solution that
harnesses the power of
technology to enable law
enforcement officers
effectively coordinate and
deploy their resources in
response to threats to
national security and,
indeed, emergency
situations requiring the
interplay of competencies
from the National Police
Service and various disaster
response teams.

This comes after intense
scrutiny provided over the
last five months by the
National Assembly and
Public Procurement
Oversight Authority among
others. Upon completion,
the system will be operated
by the National Police
Service under the expertise
of a core project team
comprising senior officers
from the National Police
Service and communications
experts.

The project gets underway
following the receipt of all
relevant approvals required
to complete the installation
and management of a
communication and
surveillance system to help
combat crime. Under the
terms of the 5 year
agreement, Safaricom will
undertake the completion of
the KSh14.9 billion project
(exclusive of taxes) at its
cost and thereafter hand
over the operations of the
system to the National
Police Service.

As part of the agreed terms,
the Government will enjoy
the use of the service at no
cost for the first year of its
operation and the
Government will only start
paying for the solution
through a series of annual
installments commencing in
2016.

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