Saudi government installed 6,000 surveillance cameras for safety, security of Hajj pilgrims

Saudi government installed 6,000 surveillance cameras for safety, security of Hajj pilgrims
Muslim pilgrims on their way to Jamrat to take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil in Mina on Saturday. (AN photo by Ghazi Mahdi)
Updated 03 September 2017

Saudi government installed 6,000 surveillance cameras for safety, security of Hajj pilgrims

Saudi government installed 6,000 surveillance cameras for safety, security of Hajj pilgrims

MAKKAH: The security and control command center for Hajj installed nearly 6,000 digital cameras to monitor the movement of pilgrims at the holy sites to ensure their safety, according to the head of the center.
In statements to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the head of the security and control command center for Hajj, Maj. Gen. Hassan Al-Zahrani, highlighted the work of those working in the center.
The center is responsible for providing information to the security sectors and government and private entities participating in this year’s pilgrimage plan so that they can provide maximum comfort for pilgrims to perform their rituals in a safe and smooth manner, he said.
“The officers and non-commissioned officers were selected to work at the center based on their extensive experiences in dealing with different situations and circumstances that may occur in the field, as well as their ability to use the advanced technology,” Al-Zahrani said.
He also explained that the center operates 5,906 high-definition digital cameras, an increase of 606 cameras in the past two years, enabling it to monitor more areas in greater detail.
These cameras also help predict problems before they occur. They were placed according to certain standards and criteria in these locations around the two holy mosques, Al-Zahrani said.
“2,000 cameras were installed in areas where the Grand Mosque has been expanded, while 3,906 cameras are located around the holy sites and roads leading to them.”
The modern telecommunications network is another step in dealing with any emergency. The telephone section receives notifications from citizens, pilgrims or workers in the field on the phone number 987.
The operations department is then responsible for communicating with field security or the services sectors located near the site of the incident, to quickly deal with the situation.
“The center follows up on the implementation of security, traffic and service plans during Hajj. It benefits from the maps of modern technology covering the holy mosques and the holy sites, and provides more accuracy and speed for those working to provide services to pilgrims,” Al-Zahrani said.