Huawei pousse la Safe City en Serbie

  • Un article de Foreign Policy:

    BELGRADE, Serbia—In 2014, a young man was killed in a hit-and-run car accident in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. The perpetrator eventually escaped, even though the police were on his trail. The following month, the Serbian police found out that the suspect had fled to a city in China, and they provided the Chinese authorities with photos of him.

    After just three days, the Chinese police arrested the man with the assistance of cutting-edge technology. This impressed Serbian officials, who were still using analog surveillance equipment and facilities with limited technical capabilities, unlike their Chinese counterparts.

    The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei last August described this incident (with some alterations of dates and key details) as a case study for the Safe City project that the firm is implementing in Serbia. The Chinese company claims that its Safe City project will shorten police investigation times, improve arrest and apprehension rates, deter organized crime, and reduce overall crime rates. The study has since been taken down from the company’s website amid a public outcry in Serbia about how the surveillance system will affect the lives of Serbian citizens.

    Huawei’s surveillance system includes installing 1,000 high-definition cameras, which use facial and license plate recognition software, in 800 locations across the Serbian capital over the next two years. At the beginning of the year, Serbia’s minister of internal affairs, Nebojsa Stefanovic, announced that the project would soon begin and that it would cover every significant street and passageway in Belgrade.

    However, Huawei’s case study, published five months before Stefanovic’s comments, noted that in the first phase its project team had already deployed more than 100 cameras and video management systems at 60 key sites in the city.