Customs starts online streaming of offices

OPERATIONS inside the Bureau of Customs (BOC) can now be seen by the public through the internet.

This, as the bureau launched on Thursday the livestream of images captured by Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in and out of the main BOC building, which aims to "promote transparency in the agency."

The livestream can be accessed through public IP address, and can be viewed on computers and on smartphones.

Initially, only 10 users at a time are allowed to login at the system for now. Details are as follows:

Username: guest1 (up to guest10)
Password: password123 (same for all 10 usernames)

After the login, the system will prompt the user to download a browser plugin to view the livestream, which is being controlled in the bureau's CCTV command center.

The center receives images from around 40 cameras installed inside and outside the BOC main building -- including Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon's office.

"We are now online! The public should expect everyone in BOC to be seen," he said in a statement.

At present, only cameras within the main BOC building can be seen in the command center and in the livestream.

Around 94 cameras were already installed but are yet to be set up for livestream in other areas such as the Port of Manila, Manila International Container Terminal, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The Management Information System And Technology Group (MISTG) of the BOC vowed to have its system working in full swing in the next few days.

Likewise, it is looking to remove the login system soon to enable more viewers of the livestream.

Last week, Faeldon announced the installation of CCTV cameras and creation of a livestream for public viewing.

He added that big ports in Manila may also be viewed by the public online soon.

At the same time, the BOC is planning to officially open its CCTV command center to the media next week. (FP/Sunnex)
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