MMDA’s new pair of eyes: Mobile Metrobase



In time for the Holy Week exodus, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is extending its vision to traffic hotspots not covered by its closed circuit television cameras (CCTV), with the help of its newly launched “Mobile Metrobase.”

MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino on Tuesday presented the agency’s newest pair of electronic eyes—a black Hyundai Starex van with modified interiors equipped with TV screens, a microwave antenna, and a camera capable of a 360-degree view.

“We just took advantage of the existing technology, equipment and software in modifying the vehicle to suit our needs,” Tolentino said.

The van is fitted with five TV monitors, three of which show feeds from the major networks, another linked to a laptop receiving feeds from the MMDA’s CCTV cameras around the metropolis, and another screen for a traffic navigator system.

The van may be operated by a three-man team—a driver and two technicians.

With the Metrobase now on wheels, the MMDA chair said it would be easier for the agency to deploy traffic officers or emergency rescue teams for accidents or calamities.

“We could use this during protest rallies and processions, like the Quiapo procession,” Tolentino added.

Since the images being recorded by the mobile Metrobase are in real time, the agency can issue alerts to motorists more efficiently, he added.

Relying on microwave technology, the mobile Metrobase could be sent to as far as Pampanga for monitoring.

Its mounted camera can zoom in clearly on an object one kilometer away.

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  • WeAry_Bat

    …but was caught so many times in traffic, its efficiency was as good as a calesa.  The new version used a hot air balloon which was cheaper, faster and had a wider view.

  • rick

    whatever device or hi-tech apparatus you employ in the maintenance of traffic in metro manila is still useless, if you have a monumental incompetent as the chief. imagine chairman tolentino allowed ABS-CBN to shoot a drama episode right at the heart of C-5 last holy wednesday. didn’t he consider that people are heading for the province on that day so major thoroughfares are busy. so if one major road is clogged then the other roads will be clogged too. I missed mayor fernando, for all his shortcomings with his attitude, tolentino is not even worthy to be his page. tolentino you are only good with media mileage. what happen with your campaign against jeepneys without headlight? you go to qc memorial circle and you will realized that he is only lip service. sir kungdi kaya resign and give it to someone with real competence.

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