Connecto Estonia, together with Merko Infra, is carrying out construction work on the central square of Kuressaare

Connecto Estonia, together with Merko Infra, is carrying out construction work on the central square of Kuressaare

As part of the construction of Kuressaare central square, Connecto will install new video surveillance systems in the city

The first two of the 16 cameras were installed on the Kuressaare market building. The next 14 will mostly be installed in the city centre between Torni and Pargi streets. According to Anu Tanila, IT manager of the municipality government, the cameras up to Kitzberg street will be ready before the end of June, while the final cameras will be fitted when the last road section is completed. The police will decide when the actual operation of the cameras will commence, says Tanila. Control of the cameras will be handed over to the police and they will work on PPA servers. According to Anu Tanila, Saaremaa municipality government is also likely to be granted a contract to access the cameras, as necessary. Such a system and contracts are already in place in several Estonian cities.

The general public will not be granted access to the cameras, as their purpose is surveillance. According to Tanila, the municipality government will certainly not start to respond to residents’ inquiries about whether someone was somewhere at a specific time. “If someone needs to check something, they have to go to the police, who will process the request in accordance to the law,” Tanila explained. The cameras will have a resolution of 8 megapixels, which is sufficient for surveillance.

Priit Pihel, Head of Department for Connecto, said that the cabling installed also supports the need to install more cameras, if required. Each camera point allows for up to four cameras to be installed.

According to Anu Tanila, when the system starts operating, it will be possible to determine whether the cameras are in the correct location, they need to be turned or it is necessary to install additional cameras.

Priit Pihel said that the appropriate signs should definitely be installed in the urban space where video surveillance is active. According to Anu Tanila, such signs will be installed.

Source: Saarte Hääl, 21.5.2019