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Jamaica Observer:-SECURITY Minister Robert Montague says nearly $3 billion will be needed over the next two years for the full roll out of the national Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System, dubbed JamaicaEye.

Minister Montague says the islandwide system is now in its initial phase and implementation is expected to take place next month as the ministry awaits Cabinet approval for the additional funding.

The minister’s disclosure comes in light of the increased incidents of shooting and murders islandwide.

According to a release from the Ministry of National Security, JamaicaEye will allow citizens and business owners with cameras pointing in the public space to voluntarily provide their camera feed to a restricted team of vetted security professionals at two monitoring centres.

The initial launch of the programme will utilise the feeds of 200 cameras owned by the Government and an expected 300 through public-private partnership in the initial phase.

The video feeds will be passed through a suite of video analytics. Under the programme, citizens and businesses with CCTV systems will register via a website.

The JamaicaEye project is the brainchild of National Security Minister Robert Montague in keeping with the five-pillar crime reduction strategy he presented in 2016, the release said.