Kara in collaboration with Safaricom hosted a Webinar to provide a platform for resident associations to engage key leaders and experts on how technology can be applied to improve security within their neighborhoods.

The theme of discussion was “Leveraging on technology to improve security in Kenya’s neighborhoods.”  Speakers who addressed the Webinar were Mr. Franklin Ocharo, Head of Home & Consumer Internet, Safaricom PLC; Col (Rtd) Julius Githiri, Executive Director, Institute of Professional Security Studies, and Mr. Tim Chege, CEO & Chairman, Optimum Group of Companies.

Mr. Ocharo highlighted the roles that Safaricom plays to enable community groups such as Resident Associations to be able to secure their neighborhoods. This includes offering fiber and fixed connectivity that allows different homes and estates to be interconnected and deployed with the different security solutions. He noted that recent statistics from Communications Authority shows that only 3% of Kenyan homes have fixed connectivity while 6% are covered by broadband connectivity. He noted that Safaricom is currently spearheading the introduction of 4G fixed connectivity to different homes. He stated that the company has currently connected 350,000 homes with internet and has committed to have one million homes connected in the next 5 years. He also stated that the company provides Security Solutions such as CCTV security surveillance and monitoring systems, and has also partnered with various organizations to offer security devices that enhance internet safety at homes.

Mr. Chege stated that technology can help communities to be more secure if it’s utilized in a proper way. He noted that Opticom provides a range of security services ranging from remotely monitored CCTV & alarms, Occupational Health & Safety solutions, Fire Safety Solutions and Building Management Solutions. He said that technology is key when it comes to Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) which helps to reduce crime in the neighborhoods. The CPTED principles can also be employed by architects to help design safer buildings and homes in a community. He also noted that the emergence of Internet of Things (IoTs) has created a connected world, for instance law enforcers are using IoTs to send and gather information in real time to enhance citizens’ safety.

Col. (Rtd) Githiri stated that there is need to have in place Community Security and Safety Programme for Resident Associations in order to change from the traditional ways of managing security and adopt new technologies that will ensure safe and secure environments. He stated that an effective Community Security and Safety Programme is anchored on four key pillars that include; Physical security (Perimeter fencing, Intrusion Detection System -IDS, Access Control, Visitor Management Programmes); Electronic Security Programmes; Man Guarding and Facility Security Plan. He said that IPSS will partner with Kara to develop and roll out the programme in selected estates.

You can find a link to the webinar here: