IT'S been a long time in the making but Liverpool is on its way to becoming a safer city.
About 20 closed-circuit television cameras will be installed around the CBD.
The tender to install the cameras was approved at a council meeting held on Thursday night.
A plan for free Wi-Fi in the CBD was approved.
Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun said CCTV and free Wi-Fi would change the streetscape of the city.
The contract was awarded to Sydney- based communications company SAT Pty Ltd — with initial stages of the roll out expected to begin in the coming months.
"It was important that we got a quality, reliable and value for money system and with this in mind the council undertook an extensive tender process," Cr Mannoun said.
"The new system will be a state-of- the-art crime fighting tool, integrating CCTV and Wi-Fi to allow easy monitoring by police.
"With the population of Liverpool expected to grow to around 230,000 within the next 10 years, it is an important that we create a more vibrant city centre that is active, particularly at night."
Cr Mannoun said the new network will promote more activity in the CBD at night, and make the area not only safer but also better connected.
Chief Superintendent Peter Gillam said the city's new CCTV network would help police to monitor public safety hotspots within the CBD.
The enhanced surveillance network will provide 24-hour recording of local streets, retail precincts and parks.