Soon, you can use emer­gency call box to con­tact cops 24x7

Po­lice rec­om­mends 10 im­por­tant lo­ca­tions to Cidco for in­stalling the boxes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

City res­i­dents will soon be able to di­rectly com­mu­ni­cate with po­lice of­fi­cers in the con­trol room through video­con­fer­ences.

Ten emer­gency call box sys­tems will be in­stalled and res­i­dents will be to con­tact the po­lice helplines 24x7. The city will be the first in the state to in­stall the sys­tem.

For bet­ter pub­lic s ecu­rity and mon­i­tor­ing, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) and the city po­lice have jointly chalked out a plan to in­stall 10 such call boxes.

A caller will be able to di­rectly con­vey his or her mes­sages to the po­lice of­fi­cers from such boxes, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

“This new sys­tem will be help­ful to re­port crimes which are hap­pen­ing, fire ac­ci­dents, med­i­cal emer­gen­cies or threat to per­sonal safety,” said Pradeep Kan­nalu, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (wire­less).

The po­lice con­trol room will then trace the lo­ca­tion of the caller and alert the near­est po­lice sta­tion to reach the spot and take ac­tion.

“Be­sides, it could also be used by beat mar­shals and pa­trolling po­lice of­fi­cers to re­port their po­si­tions, sta­tus and call for ad­di­tional backup in case of emer­gency. It will not only ben­e­fit res­i­dents, but also the po­lice,” he added.

Af­ter con­duct­ing a sur­vey in the city (zone 2), the po­lice has sug­gested Cidco the lo­ca­tions where to place the boxes.

“We have cho­sen mostly the pub­lic places that gets max­i­mum foot­fall through­out the day. Work on this pro­ject has al­ready started and it will be op­er­a­tional in next seven to eight months,” Kan­nalu said.

This sys­tem will be one of smart city com­po­nent in Cidco’s j uris­dic­tion which en­com­passes nodes such as Kharghar, Kamothe, Kalam­boli, New Pan­vel, Road­pali and Ulwe among oth­ers.

“Since Cidco is fund­ing the pro­ject, the pro­posed 10 call boxes will be in­stalled only in their ju­ris­dic­tion. We may think of start­ing sim­i­lar sys­tems in the ar­eas of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) at a later stage af­ter hav­ing dis­cus­sions with them,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Cidco along with Na vi Mum­bai po­lice is also plan­ning to in­stall 20 pub­lic ad­dress sys­tems in their ju­ris­dic­tion.

It will help in ef­fi­cient com­mu­ni­ca­tion of live and pre­re­corded mes­sag­ing at the im­por­tant junc­tions.

“It will also gen­er­ate an au­to­matic re­sponse in any crowd to pay at­ten­tion to the voice be­ing broad­cast over the sys­tem. The po­lice can lev­er­age this for mak­ing im­por­tant an­nounce­ment dur­ing fes­ti­vals such as Ganeshot­sav and Navra­tri for crowd con­trol by an­nounc­ing safety in­struc­tions,” a Cidco of­fi­cial said.

“There will be one panic but­ton in each sys­tem which could be used by the beat mar­shals to com­mu­ni­cate with the con­trol room in case of emer­gency,” he added.

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