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Safaricom and KARA launch estate surveillance initiative

Barry Silah @Obel_barry

Safaricom, through the fibre to home initiative, has partnered with Kenya Alliance of Residents Association  (Kara) to increase security in member estates with a pilot project launched in Ngei Estate Phase 2, Lang’ata.

Safaricom is seeking to utilise its fibre to the Home and Cloud services to power estate surveillance, a move that is expected to boost internet connections in the estate. So far, the Fibre Optic footprint has surpassed 5,000km countrywide accessing more than 90,000 households.

“With the onset of fibre optic, we are looking to diversify our service offering and give customers a wide array of services as we roll out fibre to the home in different parts of the country.

We are cognisant of the increasing demand for security both in our homes and the environments we operate in and hence the reason we are happy to partner with Kara to transform lives of residents of the member estates”, said Steve Okeyo, director, regional sales and operations, Safaricom.

As part of the project, Safaricom will be sponsoring a surveillance pilot in Ngei Estate Phase 2, which is one of the fibre ready estates to help improve the estate’s security.  “We are hoping that through this initiative, residents of this estate will continue to enjoy uninterrupted internet connections and also encourage other estates to invest in Home fibre,” said Okeyo.

Safaricom has sponsored a fibre connection to the estate that will be used to power surveillance of the estate’s two gates. They will also provide internet through one router at each gate and an installation of two cameras at each gate.

To address the power issue, Safaricom has provided a solar kit for each gate which contains a solar panel, a charge controller and a battery. The estate management and security firm in charge of security will have access to surveillance feeds, which will be made possible by Safaricom Cloud Services.

Safaricom will also sponsor training of a selected number of domestic workers in Ngei estate on First Aid and safety within the home. Those who will successfully complete the four-hour course will be issued with certificates.

By March this year, a total of 141,700 homes across six towns had been passed by Fibre which translates to a 34 per cent penetration.

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