Since the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine started having its own administration, it has taken the responsibility of many matters, including the security aspect, to which it has given great importance, to contribute to the creation of a safe and reassuring environment within the hard circumstances of the country. Therefore, it has harnessed for this purpose important human potential, devices and equipment operating in a sophisticated security system with more than 800 digital cameras relying on optical cable and that are used for the first time in Iraq. These cameras are distributed in more than sixty sites inside and outside the holy shrine of Aba Al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him).
Al-Kafeel Network has visited the central control room of the surveillance cameras system. It was like a beehive working to monitor every small and large movement through computers and screens. And there we met the head of the Communications Division at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine; Engineer Firas Abbas Hamza, who stated: "The security monitoring system established by the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine since more than two years ago is one of the modern and sophisticated systems at the level of Iraq, and is characterized by many specifications that our technical staff has become familiar with, and has the ability and the know-how to manage and deal with its continuous modernization. The most important goal of this system, which is one of many other systems that work in a complementary manner, is to provide a safe and stable security environment for visitors. The system was the best assistant to the security efforts of the rest of the departments of the holy shrine to provide and create a safe environment."
He added: "The surveillance continues over 24 hours through more than 800 surveillance cameras, which have been distributed as follows:
- Inside the holy sanctuary.
- Inside the holy shrine.
- The basements and expansion of the holy shrine.
- The areas adjacent to the shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him).
- The main and secondary roads leading to the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine.
- External controls checkpoints."
"We have been able through this system to detect and deal with hundreds of cases that were prevalent in the past of theft and others, and we have cooperation with the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and the Karbala Directorate of the police, in regards of the wanted persons or others depending on the followed legal contexts. And we were able to detect many criminals after providing us with their images in addition to those who were arrested as a result of suspicious movement, thanks to the vigilance of the staff working on this system."
Concluding: "We have a future plan to develop our work by expanding the coverage area and keeping up to date on the latest updates in our software."