By Edd K. Usman
BATANGAS CITY — The provincial government of Batangas has inked a partnership agreement with a South Korean tech firm for the free installation of LED lamps with built-in CCTV cameras and fingerprint scanners within the 11-hectare compound of the provincial capitol.
Batangas governor Hermilando “Dodo” Mandanas and Korecen Company CEO Suk Oh signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the Governor’s Mansion inside the capitol compound on Thursday, August 4.
Mandanas said that deal does not oblige the province with any financial consideration. “We are not buying anything; there is no cost to the province. We are very thankful that they are introducing their products here.” he said.
Aside from fingerprint vein scanners, the package is composed of total of 50 red-colored LED lamps with built-in high-resolution CCTV cameras and 40 green-colored LED lamps with no CCTV cameras. The Korean firm will also be helping out the provincial government in installing the LED lamps by second week of August.
To complete the offering, connectivity through Wi-FI internet is being provided for the CCTV camera using Television White Space (TVWS), said Roy del Rosario, president and CEO of Perl Tech Consulting International (PTCI).
“This is part of the province’s program to make Batangas a smart and green province. And to make it really smart, you need connectivity, making the whole province Wi-Fi capable,” he said during the signing of the MOA.
Batangas is comprised of 33 municipalities and three cities.
PTCI will be providing the internet connectivity using TV White Space, which del Rosario’s organization first piloted in the province of Bohol in 2014 to connect local fisherfolks.
Bettina Quimson, senior adviser to the Batangas government, said installation of the LED lamps will provide the province with significant savings from its monthly electricity bills.
“Korecen has assured around 70 percent more or less savings compared to using halogen lamps,” said Quimson, who formerly headed the e-Society group of the defunct Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
She said the CCTV cameras will be used for monitoring and maintenance of traffic. The ultimate objective is to make the whole province smart and green, Quimson said.