Praesidia Alliance, Tonga, has received its final completion certificate for a multi-site Hikvision IP camera system installed for Tonga Police.

The project was implemented by Tonga Police following funding from the Australian and New Zealand governments, with the completion certificate issued jointly by Australian Federal Police and New Zealand Police representatives. The CCTV system features Hikvision IP cameras and NVRs with the main viewing console in Tonga Police Operations Centre and remote administration from Police Headquarters.

Tonga Police had previously conducted a review of the Nuku'alofa Central police station's watch house to determine if there were any areas which could be improved upon. Recommendations included the need for a surveillance system. A contract was signed with Praesidia Alliance, Tonga, to supply and install the system. 

The new system came online and extensive testing was then conducted. This system includes an advanced integrated security and CCTV networked system that captures the entire watch house. This facility now offers a safer environment for staff and prisoners. Policy and governance has been strengthened and training of staff in the new procedures commenced shortly after.

Funding for this initiative was received from the Tonga Police Development Program (TPDP), which is a trilateral arrangement between Tonga Police, New Zealand Police and the Australian Federal Police which focuses on developing leadership and building an efficient and effective Policing service that has the trust and confidence of the community.

The CCTV cameras can capture anything in the entire watchhouse. The purpose is to provide a safer environment for both staff and prisoners. The initiative is being made under the Tonga Police Development Program. It is aimed at developing leadership and efficient and effective policing services for the community.

The Acting Commissioner of Tonga Police 'Unga Fa'aoa, told the Tonga Broadcasting Commission that the surveillance system was the outcome of a review made after the death of decorated New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka at the Nuku'alofa watch house in August last year. 

Praesidia Alliance specialises in IP-based alarm monitoring services using a cloud-based vARC network (virtual alarm receiving centre) that operates through 17 different data centres spread across 5 countries on 3 continents.


Decorated New Zealand Police Officer, Kali Fungavaka