PHUKET: With the Thailand National Youth Games in Phuket just around the corner, local authorities yesterday checked the readiness of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor
) closed-circuit television (CCTV) control room.
Paiboon Upatising, as one of his first official acts since being re-elected OrBorJor
president in the election on April 8, led authorities on an inspection of the control center, which is located at the OrBorJor
hospital in Rassada.
The control room, with access to footage recorded by 250 CCTV cameras, is the biggest CCTV network in Thailand outside of Bangkok, Mr Paiboon said.
“Currently, we have CCTV cameras installed in Phuket Town, Koh Kaew and Rassada. Next year, we will look for more places on the island that need CCTV cameras installed,” he said.
The control room will also be able to check CCTV feeds from other networks, such as those used by the Chalong and Phuket Town Police Stations, which will help police and local administration organizations coordinate crime-fighting efforts, Mr Paiboon explained.
“We are ready for the upcoming Phuket Youth Games… We have caught hundreds of suspects because of CCTV recordings – so the public has nothing to worry about,” he added.
An estimated 14,000 athletes, fans, supporters and spectators are expected to arrive on the island for the Youth Games, which will be held in Phuket from May 26 to June 5.
Dubbed the “Phuket Games 2012
”, the event comprises 40 different sports to be contested by young athletes from across Thailand