The state government has selected Honeywell, an American company to commission the ambitious ‘city surveillance system’ involving installation of high-frequency CCTV cameras at strategic locations and in PCR vans in Bhubaneswar.
First-phase cost of the project is pegged at Rs 10 crore.
“Last week we engaged Honeywell company to install cameras and set up a control room at the commissionerate of police. The company has assured to commission the project within a year. In next four months, cameras are likely to be put up at some locations,” said Satyajit Mohanty, CMD of Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation, which is executing the project.
Official sources said the company will install 113 cameras at 29 locations, including Raj Mahal Square, Master Canteen, AG Square, Raj Bhawan Square, 120 Battalion Square, Secretariat (inside), Lower PMG, Rabindra Mandap Square and Sishu Bhawan square. The surveillance system is equipped with video data analysis and command and control system in order to strengthen crime-control system in the city.
Sophisticated Surveillance System
The high point of the surveillance system is that it can alert the control room on several ‘critical’ aspects like unlawful assembly of people in high-security areas and presence of abandoned objects at a particular place for more than five minutes. Soon after reading the alerts, the control room operators can alert the police stations concerned for action.
Official sources said an instrument would be fitted underneath zebra crossings that would be integrated with the high-frequency cameras. Whenever the red light is flashed, the instrument would automatically activate the cameras for action. Traffic violators, caught on the cameras, would be served with notices to pay fine, either at traffic police station or court.
At least 33 PCR vans will be equipped with 99 cameras to keep tabs on law and order situation. Under the city surveillance system, the company will install some cameras at a busy traffic posts to catch ‘red light’ violators. The cameras would capture images of number plates of traffic violators. The images would automatically be transferred to the control room.
Training for Control Room Operators
The corporation on Monday wrote a letter to commissioner of police R P Sharma, seeking selection of 24 young constables to undergo training as control room operators. Altogether 32 operators would manage the control room. The control room will have a giant video wall having capacity to monitor functioning of at least 1,000 cameras.
Courtesy: The Times of India