The mayoral office of San Salvador has announced it will be investing $15 million in the installation of a video surveillance system to complement the 500 cameras already operating in the capital.
Although the initiative of the mayoral office has been criticized by some sectors, Mayor Najib Bukele stated that the bidding process will be transparent and will be supervised by the Attorney General.
Companies that carry out construction work for the government will have to set up CCTVs in order to monitor projects in real time.
The rule applies from this year for all projects worth more than $116,000, and contractors must publish the IP address on the public procurement website, Guatecompras.
Luis Catalan, Undersecretary of Public Investment, told Elperiodico.com.gt that in addition"... for this year georeferencing is mandatory for all projects, which according to the classification of the Ministry of Finance, are considered fixed capital."
The Ministry of Public Security working on the conditions of a tender to be launched in 2016 for the installation of five thousand security cameras throughout the national territory.
Ministry officials believe that there are at least ten companies with the necessary conditions to participate in the tender, which will be launched next year. For now they are analyzing the conditions of the services and features of cameras which are currently operating in other countries in order to determine what to include in the tender documents.
The government Guatemala has canceled a tender process that was under way for the purchase of 3,800 cameras for $46 million, and announced a new tender.
An article in Prensalibre.com reports that "... The process by which the Interior Ministry planned to award a contract for cameras for police cars worth Q357 million was canceled and a new tender will be held, said Hector Rodriguez, from the financial area of the department."
Various government institutions in Guatemala are discussing the advantages of hiring a system which would cost about $135 million.
An article in Prensalibre.com reports that "the Technical Directorate of the Ministry of Finance Budget does not endorse or recommend the allocation of Q1080 million to lease five thousand security cameras for a period of five years, because they would be committed to future resources that have not even been approved.
In order to put into operation speed cameras on the highways, RACSA has requested $5,500 a month for each of the 90 cameras to be installed.
This would mean that every month the Road Safety Council (Cosevi) would have to pay $495,000, not to mention that in December it has to install 150 cameras, meaning it will need $825,000 per month for the monitoring system to work.
The Ministry of Public Works is proposing installing a camera system funded by a percentage of the fines imposed.
Gerson Martinez, head of the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), "held talks with foreign investors on the subject and reported that these systems could be put in place without the State having to spend anything on them. The investor who installs the equipment could be assigned 'a percentage of earnings generated, and in this way it could finance itself without taxing the population’, said Martinez."
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