The Ministry of Interior elaborating upon a plan to install over one thousand surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition technology in the Grand Tunis (Tunis and the surrounding Governorates of Ariana, Ben Arous, and Manouba) as well as the interior governorates of Kef, Jendouba, Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine.
Interior Minister Hedi Majdoub had mentioned the program at a hearing on Wednesday, April 27, with the Assembly of the Representatives of the People’s (ARP) Security and Defense Committee at which he discussed the threat from and response to security threats including terrorism.
In the Grand Tunis region 300 control points will be installed, each with three fixed and one mobile camera, for a total of 1,200 cameras. The governorates of Kef, Jendouba, Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine will each have 30 of the same control points installed.
The installation represents the first phase of two phases, at 9 million TND, of a 30 million TND project, according to Interior Minister Majdoub’s testimony before the ARP the first phase will be operational in early 2017, when a second phase will extend to several other unspecified governorates and further cameras in the Grand Tunis region. Control rooms will be set up in each of the governorates involved, with a central hub for the Grand Tunis region.
During Interior Minister Majdoub’s testimony it was also announced that a biometric national identity card will also be introduced in the next year, and it will not list the bearer’s professional status, a point of contention which had been controversial.