1 September 2016
BOC STARTS ONLINE STREAMING OF OFFICES
The public will now start to see operations inside the Bureau of Customs through the internet.
The Bureau sets for soft launch on Thursday, 1 September, the livestream of images captured by CCTV cameras in and out of the main BOC building, with the goal of promoting transparency in the Bureau.
This livestream can be accessed through public IP address 188.8.131.52, and can be viewed by anyone both on computers and on smartphones.
The online streaming is being controlled in the Bureau’s CCTV command center, which 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.
For now, 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.
Also, 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 initial login, the system will prompt the user to download a browser plugin to view the livestream.
The Bureau’s Management Information System And Technology Group (MISTG) promised to have its system working in full swing in the next few days. It also promised to remove the login system soon to enable more viewers of the livestream.
Commissioner Faeldon promised during the Malacanang press briefing last week, 22 August, the installation of CCTV cameras and creation of a livestream for public viewing.
“By next week, you can now view me in my office, in my conference rooms and everywhere that’s within the Office of the Commissioner, so I’ll set an example on the setting up of the CCTVs,” he said.
He added that 30 days after the press briefing, big ports in Manila may be viewed by the public online.
The Bureau is planning to officially open its CCTV command center to the media next week.