TERENGGANU DRONES TO CHECK PROJECTS, TRAF­FIC AND SE­CU­RITY

They will help district of­fices mon­i­tor projects, en­hance se­cu­rity

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ZA­RINA AB­DUL­LAH KUALA TERENGGANU news@nst.com.my

ALL seven district of­fices in Terengganu will have eyes in the sky to en­force the law. Drones and Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem (GPS) units will be used for real-time mon­i­tor­ing of projects and pub­lic ar­eas to en­hance se­cu­rity sur­veil­lance, and to catch lit­ter­bugs.

While the main use of drones and GPS units is to help district of­fi­cers mon­i­tor projects ap­proved by the state Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit, in­clud­ing those un­der­taken by the Ir­ri­ga­tion and Drainage Depart­ment and Lands and Mines Of­fice, they could also be used to mon­i­tor traf­fic.

“Their pri­mary use is to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the projects’ progress. We are en­hanc­ing our mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem,” state fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Datuk A. Rah­man Yahya said here yes­ter­day.

He said the drones would help of­fi­cers trace the progress of ap­proved projects or those be­ing im­ple­mented, and iden­tify prob­lems to come up with solutions to pre­vent de­lays.

The drones cost RM8,000 each while the 29 GPS units cost RM2,500 each.

Each district would op­er­ate one drone, while the GPS units would be dis­trib­uted among the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, district Pub­lic Works Depart­ment and the Ir­ri­ga­tion and Drainage Depart­ment.

Rah­man said the GPS units would help the state govern­ment ob­tain in­for­ma­tion on the length of the roads in the state.

“This is to en­sure that we get the funds un­der the Malaysian Road Record In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (Marris).”

So far, 12,000km of roads have been reg­is­tered by the govern­ment and the state govern­ment was tar­get­ing to reg­is­ter an ad­di­tional 4,000km be­fore the end of the year to en­able it to get more funds un­der Marris.

Rah­man said the per­for­mance of the drones and GPS would be re­viewed from time to time to im­prove their ef­fec­tive­ness.

Hulu Terengganu district of­fi­cer Azmi Razik said the drones could pro­vide re­al­time in­for­ma­tion, which would en­able the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to take quick ac­tion, such as resur­fac­ing pot­holes on roads, mon­i­tor floods, van­dal­ism and traf­fic flow.

“They can en­hance our ef­fi­ciency in up­dat­ing de­vel­op­ment records and pro­vide us with a bird’s eye view of pub­lic places for safety, se­cu­rity and hy­giene rea­sons. Un­for­tu­nately, the bat­ter­ies have lim­ited power. But, the drones will re­turn to their base au­to­mat­i­cally when their bat­ter­ies drop to 50 per cent,” Azmi said.

PIC BY ROZAINAH ZAKARIA

Terengganu Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit of­fi­cer Hafizul Izwan Md Razali demon­strat­ing the ver­sa­til­ity of a drone in Kuala Terengganu yes­ter­day.

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