Security ministry debuts high tech center for police data

Ministerio de Gobernaicón, Policía
y Seguridad Pública/Jorge Alonso Alvarez v
Screen shows the downtown area.

Security officials formally inaugurated a new data center that will be in operation 24 hours a day and 365 days a year to link the major agencies electronically.

The data center is part of the Ministerio de Gobernaicón, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

Much of the description given Monday was technical and included the types of servers and backup devices. However, officials also said that the data center will link regional offices of the Fuerza Pública, the Dirección General de Migración and the Ministerio de Hacienda. That ministry includes the customs agency whose agents have police powers.

The data center also has closed circuit television, and a screen showed the downtown pedestrian mall. The Municipalidad de San José has an extensive number of cameras monitoring high traffic areas.

The data being stored in the centre includes a summary of criminal records, arrest and detention reports, an electronic list of holders of weapons permits and information on security firms.

The center has Internet access with Radiográfica Costarricense S.A. and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. Radiográfica Costarricense, known as RACSA, maintains a data base of foreigners who are legally in the country.

The center cost 235 million colons, about $470,000. There is space for 12 employees, bathrooms and a dining area. The center is under high security. The center also has a backup generator, a fire suppression system.

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