The program for the acquisition of portable cameras for individual use by police officers will be presented today, with the Government counting on acquiring around 10.000 'bodycams' in stages until 2026, in an investment of five million euros.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI), the program for the acquisition of portable cameras for individual use by the security forces will have two phases and the acquisition of the 'bodycams' will only happen after the conclusion of the public tender launched this week for the purchase of the Unified Video Systems Security Platform.
This platform will have as requirements the ability to centrally manage all types of technology associated with video surveillance equipment, namely 'bodycams' and municipal video surveillance systems, as well as connection to remote systems installed in nightlife establishments or centers commercials.
The Ministry supervised by José Luís Carneiro estimates that the tender for the Unified Video Systems Security Platform, worth 1,48 million euros (without VAT), will be concluded in mid-August, if there are no “requests for extension of the deadlines for the delivery of proposals or challenges of an administrative and/or judicial nature”, followed by the phase of acquisition of the 'bodycams' to equip the elements of the PSP and GNR.
The MAI states that, «in addition to the tender for the Unified Video Systems Security Platform, necessary for the entire system to become operational, there follows another tender worth approximately 750 thousand euros for the acquisition of computing services and safeguarding data".
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, these two competitions are funded by the Recovery and Resilience Program.
The MAI also advances that the second phase of the program concerns the phased acquisition of up to 10.000 'bodycams' for the GNR and the PSP until 2026, with a total investment of five million euros and financed by the State Budget.
The decree-law that regulates the use of portable cameras for individual use by police officers was published in Diário da República in January.