Saudi Arabia plans Middle East’s ‘biggest security center’ in Makkah

Over 1,600 officers and privates have been trained to manage and operate the National Center for Joint Security Operations

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The Ministry of Interior is set to launch in Saudi Arabia's Makkah province the biggest and most modern security command center in the Middle East.

Road security control room has already started working in the center. It receives reports via 911, which was launched by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior last year.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior has trained over 1,600 officers and privates to manage and operate the National Center for Joint Security Operations.

The number 911 will gradually replace the numbers of various security sectors. The unified number helps in passing information within seconds.

The ministry will get rid of the current operations rooms. They will all be merged into one location run by over 400 officers and privates on every shift.

The security men and officers working in the center are fluent in English. They received training abroad in this regard.

This is considered to be among the most sophisticated centers in monitoring security via 18,000 cameras which will be linked to smart applications in future. The center has two giant screens, considered to be the biggest in the Mideast.

The center has made sure to provide special services to people with special needs like the deaf and dumb. The reports they send can be received easily.

The center has passed through several stages since its establishment.

Earlier it was known as the Command and Control Center. Its task was restricted to coordinating the efforts of the security authorities.

This article was first published by the Saudi Gazette on May 15, 2016.