Islamabad Gets 1,950 Hi-Tech CCTV Cameras

In a bid to ensure foolproof security in the federal capital- Islamabad, the “Safe City Project” infrastructure is complete, ready and under commissioning test.

Under the project, 1950 CCTV cameras have been installed, enabling the city to have a technology-based security system. The entire security system of the city is linked with these CCTV cameras to keep vigilance on suspects.

The total cost of the project is Rs. 15.865 billion (including $125 million as foreign component and Rs 4 billion as local component on account of duties and taxes.

Major components of safe city project are

  • Bomb proof 2,900 square meter command center building
  • 1950 surveillance cameras
  • 500 km fiber optic
  • eLTE 4-G network
  • Computer aided dispatch system and other software including facial recognition, vehicle management system etc.

Further the project consists of Emergency Command Center equipped with 72 screens and drone cameras, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag readers, turnstiles and barriers to report, identify, control and manage any accident as well as ensuring timely action against any suspect appearing on the screen.

RFID is the wireless use of electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information.

The installation of CCTV cameras will assist in controlling crime rates, terrorist activities in the capital and keeping check on car-lifting.

The total cost of the project is Rs. 15.865 billion

With the assistance of recordings of CCTV cameras, traffic violations in the capital will also be monitored and drivers involved in violations of traffic rules will get tickets as per registration numbers of vehicles at their home addresses.

After it’s operational, Islamabad will be included in the list of safe capitals of the world where security measures are ensured through modern technology and security apparatus is interlinked with the ‘Rapid Response Force’ to take immediate action on every kind of suspect activity.

The project for the installation of CCTV cameras was inaugurated by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in June 2015 under the ‘Safe City Project.’ The project has been completed within the timeframe ordered by the interior minister.

CCTV cameras have been installed at all main roads, intersections, markets and exit and entrance points of the capital. To interlink coordination through these CCTV cameras, a ‘Command and Control Centre’ has been established to monitor suspect activities in the city. Upright police officials will perform duties at the ‘Command and Control Centre’ round-the-clock to keep an eye on suspect activities in the capital.

To take action on suspect activities which appear on CCTV cameras, the ‘Rapid Response Force’ of ICT Police will remain on alert to reach the scene within three minutes.

A rapid response team can be at a scene of a crime or suspected activity within three minutes

Amidst challenges of terrorism incidents, the project will streamline security measures for Islamabad. The coordination on part of the ‘Rapid Response Force’ will become vital to identify and arrest elements involved in suspect activities.

Some of the project manpower is being hired as it is a highly technical assignment and people of requisite skills are being sought through a transparent process to run the hi-tech system. However a new summary for hiring 200 personnel for the Safe City Project has been sent to Secretary Ministry of Interior for approval by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). Following hiring of staff, the Chinese firm will give them month-long training on the operation of the project.

  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    I hope other provincial capitals like lahore, karachi, quetta and peshawar also get added into this program :)

    • Umair Chaudhry

      NS govt starts from Islamabad and end at Lahore. so exclude Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar from the list of future expansion.

      • Farhan

        This project was started by PPP including financing. Thank CJ that stopped it! This government restarted it on same terms.

        • Shehzad

          Thank God, PPP ko yeh project khaaany ka moqa nahi mila. I am happy now :)

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        Can’t say that I disagree….

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        Project next expansion is Rawalpindi because of GHQ. Then to Karachi Lahore and Peshawar. This system was sole responsibility of provinces not the federal government. The next phase of Rawalpindi will start after one year.

      • Jaybee ever

        While i’m all for provincial harmony, Sindh gov’t is led by PPP and KP by PTI. PML-N only has a provincial gov’t in Punjab where it is focusing its efforts. When PPP was at the center, how many Sindh or Pakistan-wide projects did they accomplish?

        • Umair Chaudhry

          1 – If provincial govt. failed to show any progress then who is responsible? Federal Govt bro.

          2 – That’s a typical Pakistani thinking including myself. Because of previous Govt. did no thing, Current govt. have licence of doing all wrong deeds.

  • Faheem

    I think this Project was not allowed by Supreme Court Of Pakistan . How come NS govt managed to implement it ? The company and execution mechanism are still same and there were serious objections on this project.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      After NAB clearance court allowed. The issue was tender given to chinese firm by their own choice in ppp tenure. Now the same project initiated by same company under CPEC without any increase in the cost plus additional funding by china under cpec.

  • Bil

    Amazing project. Bring it to other cities of Pakistan as well.

  • Zaeem

    Will they Use Zong 4G for Streaming of CCTV Cameras?

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      Not Zong or any telecom operator.

      • Zaeem

        then how will they stream?
        these CCTV Cameras are LTE Enabled.

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          they really don’t need zong services. LTE itself is an service provided by zong and warid to general public

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    255 radars installed at main points which can perform VMS and facial recognition etc.

    • Palaupakistani

      Jahil liaquat itna sb kaisay pta hai tumhein…

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        bus dekh lo agr ma jahil hun to tm khud kia ho gay jinko pta kisi chez ka nhi hota bs munh khol k rakhty hen apna dusra wala

        • Palaupakistani

          Jahil hai isi liyay dusray wala muun hi samjha..

    • Wolverine

      Are you sure Amir bhai. Can’t believe. Facial recognition!!! Bari gal ayy…

  • Amin Abro

    Every single thing is good but what about electricity management in Pakistan our country is suffering from load shading problems so point is that how cctv camera’s will work all the time?

    • Jaybee ever


    • Umair Chaudhry

      ​This is a Pakistani version of planning. First bring in a vehicle then think about fuel, from where its will come. :)