President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday oversaw the official hand-over of the first phase of the National Security Surveillance, Communication and Control System for Nairobi and Mombasa.
The National Police Service will now start using the integrated communications solution that harnesses data in real-time to respond to various security issues.
“I am pleased by the rapid progress that has been made in making this initiative a reality,” Kenyatta said.
“The prospect that we shall be able to leverage technology to build a more robust security response for our citizens is a key deliverable for my government.”
Phase one comprises the Integrated Command, Control and Communications Centre (iC3), the rollout of 1,800 high-powered CCTV Cameras and an emergency response contact centre that is equipped to receive up to 25,000 calls per day.
The National Police Service has also taken possession of 7,600 modern communication devices and over 3,000 officers have been trained to build deeper capacity for the next generation of security enforcement in Kenya.
Kenya has over the years been attacked by terrorists from Somalia, Al Shabaab.
Some of the most gruesome attacks include the Westgate Mall attack and the Garissa university attack in which hundreds of lives have been lost.
According to Kenyatta, installing CCTV cameras will boost security and reduce on these rampant attacks by wrong elements.