BANGKOK – Thailand’s Metropolitan Police Bureau will introduce Smart Police Manikins with 3G and hidden CCTVs by end of November at critical traffic locations across the capital.
Police Manikins whose name means ‘Still’ are widely used and positioned at critical traffic locations in Bangkok as part of an effort to alert and remind road commuters to respect traffic regulation.
The new and smarter version of Police Sergeant Cheoy is equipped with new technology of hidden CCTV network with facial recognition system to detect driver faces, and car identification number more efficiently.
With 3G technology and Wi Fi connection, Police Sergeant Cheoy will also be able to transact data to the Traffic Control and Command Centre.
Meanwhile, Thai Traffic Police will be able to access an internet connection with Wi Fi at 395 intersections across Bangkok. The effort will enable real-time feed of traffic information.
Starting last week, traffic police booth at Phaya Thai intersection was the first to be equipped with Wi-Fi internet connection as part of “Smart Police” project—a collaborative effort launched by Metropolitan Police, National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre, 3BB Wi-Fi and the Thai Intelligent Transport Systems Association.
Each police booth at 395 intersections across the capital will be equipped with webcams to provide a real-time feed of traffic to the Traffic Control and Command centre, allowing video conferencing as part of an effort to leverage technology to resolve unexpected traffic problems.
“Wi Fi connection will allow police to leverage devices and technology more efficiently as well as to send and receive real time traffic situation and be able to solve traffic problem on time,” said Metropolitan Police Bureau Deputy Chief Pol Maj Gen Worasak Nopsithiporn.
He also added that the Wi Fi is sponsored free of charge by private sector.
“With the connection, the police will be able to look out for stolen vehicles via a license-plate detection system,” he inserted.