RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro state is moving ahead with plans to deploy security cameras and drones to help fight crime, according to its next governor, a far-right politician loyal to president-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
A tender to install 30,000 cameras will be launched soon, Wilson Witzel, who takes up the governorship of the southeast Brazilian state in January, told a media conference late Monday.
“Security is our priority,” he said.
On Dec 4 Witzel travelled to Israel to view drones that could be used to monitor armed drug gangs.
O Globo, a Brazilian news outlet, said it understood the drones included combat versions capable of firing weapons, which could be used for targeting gang members in hard-to-access favelas, or high-density slums.
The governor-elect was also reportedly to inspect Israeli-made cameras with face-recognition.
Witzel’s communications teams did not confirm details of the Israel visit when contacted by AFP. It said