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Kenyan Police Service teams up with Safaricom to deploy crime-fighting technology

Rebecca Wanjiku | May 16, 2014
The Kenya Police Service has partnered with Safaricom, East Africa's largest mobile services provider, to help it deploy security technology similar to installations at the New York Police Department and the London Metro Police.

After testing and commissioning, the government will spend $20 million annually for the next four years, then it would be renegotiated depending on scale and lessons learned.

The London Metro police, which Kenya is aiming at emulating, spends about $400 million of its budget on ICT related services, It is already using predictive policing techniques and is testing wearable cameras within the police force.

The NYPD is reported to be piloting Google glass for crime fighting and has rolled out data apps on tablets that police patrol cars use to access vital information.

The Kenyan project is still miles behind the NYPD and London Met, but the police hope that the technology gains will help public trust in their ability to fight crime.


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