The police will install up to 570 units of in-vehicle video recording systems in their vehicles, including their motorcycles and all fast-response cars. This new technology is meant to improve the police’s surveillance, and provide more effective support to operations, reported The Straits Times.

The Ministry of Home Affairs called for a tender last month for the video systems, which will include cameras with a recording function and wireless transmission devices. Installation is expected to start in the second half of this year. A police spokesman said the system will enable live video feeds to be streamed from the site of an incident to officers in the operations room and command post. The footage will also help post-incident investigations.

The cameras is said to help front-line officers to take enforcement action against errant drivers, and record evidence that may be helpful to investigations into crime.

At least two cameras will be fitted in a vehicle to provide colour video footage of the front and back surrounding view. Some vehicles will have side cameras too. The tender specifications call for cameras that must be able to clearly capture an object of interest – such as a vehicle plate number – up to five metres away in both day and night conditions. Besides live streaming, there will also be a wireless video uploading and storage function within the system.