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Cozumel installs 20 facial recognition security cameras

Cozumel, Q.R. — Cozumel Mayor Juanita Alonso Marrufo says 20 security cameras have been installed in the city. The cameras are complete with facial recognition analytical technology and are expected to be functioning in two weeks with the completion of the C2 facility.

Alonso Marrufo personally verified the installation of the video surveillance cameras Tuesday. She carried out a tour of different parts of San Miguel where the cameras are located.

Alonso Marrufo explained that in total there are 20 strategic monitoring points throughout the city, which each have three fixed high-definition cameras in addition to a camera with PTZ (pan-tilt) technology with facial recognition.

The cameras will allow the city to react immediately to any eventuality. “All this for the safety of the community… We will continue working for the well-being and tranquility of citizens and visitors,” she said.

Mayor Juanita Alonso Marrufo toured the areas to verify installation. Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Cozumel February 27, 2024.

Senior Officer Carlos Mendoza Quijano explained that the video surveillance units are systems that are being acquired, not rented as other administrations did, and are part of the Municipality’s assets.

He said that also includes the data backup system that is being installed for the formation of C2 inside the Directorate of Public Security and Transit.

“This is a historic fact because the 39.9 million pesos that are being invested allow the Government of Cozumel and its population to own these devices as well as their operating and storage system, which will reinforce surveillance,” he said.

Mendoza Quijano says the cameras and software are owned by the municipality, not rented.
Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Cozumel February 27, 2024.

The poles as well as the cameras have already been completely installed, leaving only the completion of the monitoring center. Once finished, they will begin testing data reception, which will be in approximately two weeks.

In December, Cozumel announced a budget of 39.9 million on security cameras. The latest 20 cameras are in addition those being installed by the State Government.