Customs launches 'limited' CCTV livestream

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2016 05:46 PM

MANILA - Live videos from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) headquarters can now be viewed by the public on their computers and smartphones as the agency begins its closed-circuit television (CCTV) livestreaming.

The livestream that can be accessed through public IP address features live images from 40 CCTV cameras installed around the BOC's main building in Manila.

To view the livestream, site visitors will have to login using the usernames "guest1" up to "guest10" and the passcode "password123."

After logging in, the system will prompt the user to download a browser plugin to view the BOC's livestream.

The BOC explained that the program is still in its initial phase which is why "only 10 users at a time are allowed to log into the system" to view the livestream.

The livestream project seeks to improve transparency in the office tagged as the most corrupt government institution in the country.

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The Bureau's Management Information System And Technology Group (MISTG) said they are already working to remove the login system to enable more viewers to tap into the livestream.

At least 94 additional cameras are set to be installed in other areas where the BOC operates, including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Port of Manila, and the Manila International Container Terminal.

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