Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Montego Bay business leader wants streetlights with gunshot detection

T’Shura Gibbs

T’Shura Gibbs

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, T’Shura Gibbs is appealing for public sector/private sector partnership to furnish smart LED streetlights with gunshot detectors in Jamaica's murder capital, St James.

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is currently installing a number of LED streetlights across St James.

"There are a number of things that can happen with the smart streetlight. The smart streetlight can be retrofitted with software and hardware for gunshot detection,” she explained.

By equipping streetlights with gunshot detectors, law enforcement officials could get accurate information in real time when a shooting occurs. Once a streetlight detects and locates gunfire, it will alert police stations and officers' smartphones with information related to the shooting, according to General Electric, which has the technology.

“In a city like Montego Bay, where security is of such great concern, it is something that we should be pursuing and pursuing aggressively," Gibbs advocated.

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has confirmed that closed circuit cameras "are going to be installed on the smart streetlight", she said.

Gibbs, who is also a director at JPS, was speaking at a sustainable cities symposium hosted by the University of the West Indies, Mona Western Jamaica campus in Montego Bay last week.

She also cited that the Chamber has approached the St James Municipal Corporation to partner with the private sector to establish smart parking at the Fairview Shopping Centre in Montego Bay.

"You will have an app on your phone and it will tell you where there is a parking space and where there isn't a parking space. We will be having a discussion with the chamber and the municipality to see how we are going to bring that forward," Gibbs explained.

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