Speaking about security measures at the Lungi International Airport, the Acting Managing Director of Sierra Leone Airport Authority, John Briama has disclosed that more Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras will be installed at the airport.
Mr. Braima was speaking to Awoko last week in an exclusive interview where he stated that security at the airport also entails the protection of passengers, aircrafts and cargoes. He said despite the airport having a CCTV camera monitoring the airport, they have a whole baggage scanning system installed in the checking hall.
He stated that they have contacted a security firm to expand the scope of the CCTV coverage right round the perimeter fence and also the cargo department of the airport. The CCTV machine, he intimated, was installed at the Lungi International Airport in 2005. “We now only want to expand the coverage area that is buying more CCTV cameras to cover the entire airport perimeter fence”
In furtherance of that, he disclosed that they have built security watch towers right round the Perimeter fence that will be jointly manned by the police and the military whilst the establishment of a direct communication link with the security centers in Lungi has been established to be backed by a whole police unit.
Asked about the introduction of sniffer dogs, he answered that “We too have thought of the idea of sniffer dogs long time ago but to maintain one sniffer dog, you need a trained personnel and lots of facilities to be there. These are expensive security items to maintain considering the volume of our operations. It is not a bad idea but perhaps we hope when there is an international intervention, we might have a surveillance system at the airport in the form of satellite dish or radar that will detect overflying aircraft approaching Sierra Leone for identification in time”.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. It differs from broadcast television in that the signal is not openly transmitted, though it may employ point to point wireless links. CCTV is often used for surveillance in areas that may need monitoring such as banks, casinos, airports, military installations, and convenience stores.
In industrial plants, CCTV equipment may be used to observe parts of a process from a central control room; when, for example, the environment is not suitable for humans. CCTV systems may operate continuously or only as required to monitor a particular event. A more advanced form of CCTV, utilizing Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), provides recording for possibly many years, with a variety of quality and performance options and extra features (such as motion-detection and email alerts).
Surveillance of the public using CCTV is particularly common in the UK, where there are reportedly more cameras per person than in any other country in the world.