Wednesday, July 26, 2017

‘Ground-breaking’ CCTV project in the works for PoS hospital

State-of-the-art: The CCTV system supports number plate tracking, facial recognition and recognition of moved objects.


The intern who claimed she had been accosted and robbed, and his having to spy in the dead of night at the Port of Spain General Hospital, have prompted Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to invite Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to do a pilot project on closed circuit coverage.

Interviewed yesterday, Deyalsingh said the CCTV cameras were his initiative after the crisis with the intern and he had to go undercover to witness what was happening at Port of Spain General Hospital.

“I invited TSTT to do a pilot project on closed circuit coverage. TSTT and the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) have deployed a ground-breaking, state-of-the-art closed circuit TV ­system at the medical institution which is intended to augment the security measures currently implemented at the hospital that are geared at protecting people and ­assets,” he said.

People are also expected to feel a greater sense of security during hospital visits and the hospital team and patients, he added.

TSTT's senior manager—government, security and directories business Darryl Duke said the company's partnership with the NWRHA to install a state-of-the-art video surveillance system is unlike anything used at the institution before.

Duke said the robustness of the system is also being supported by 24-7 monitoring by TSTT's Alarm Monitoring Centre and is being monitored by the hospital as well.

He said: “In addition to the licence plate recognition feature, our system also includes facial recognition technology which is pivotal to improving the effectiveness of the cameras.

“The data captured means instead of a person having to review continuous hours of footage, the system can quickly find instances where and when targeted persons were captured on camera.”

Duke noted the software was sophisticated enough to also aid in detecting when visible items are removed from their ­position.

Background

November 10, 2016

Medical intern cries wolf

The young medical intern who lied and said she was robbed at the hospital was fired, but ­Deyalsingh said in 2016 she had “six months to ­produce ­documents to determine she is fit to work”. He had given this update at the hospital's maternity ­department to observe the cardiotocography (CTG) monitor operations.

The intern had claimed she was accosted and robbed in the hospital's car park after completing her tour of duty just after midnight on October 25. Her false report led to hospital staff, including ­doctors and nurses, protesting for better security.

Asked yesterday whether the intern had ­returned to the hospital, Deyalsingh said he could not comment.

An official at the ministry, however, told the Express the ministry has been contacted to determine the status of the intern and feedback would be ­given when the information is available.

Assuming the role of a “spy”, Deyalsingh had said he set about “incognito” and “in the dead of night” to witness the security operations at the ­hospital and at St James. He saw the pressing need for a better quality of security.

Deyalsingh said then: “I was appalled. I ­inherited a total mess. Seven light bulbs needed changing (at Port of Spain). Is the minister supposed to come and change those light bulbs?

“When I visited Accident and Emergency, the guard was busy on the outside. The gate was ajar. If I was a bandit, I could immobilise him, shoot up the place, rape people. I have both video and ­audio. There are nine security companies operating on this compound.”