Cameras, drones: Rio de Janeiro to put electronic eyes on crime – Tech News

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

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