Cidco’s safety measures in city go hi-tech
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) plans to introduce new technology for better policing in Navi Mumbai, as components of the proposed smart city.
The new CCTV command centre at Belapur railway station ensured that the city’s police already use several of these technologies, which have not been introduced in other cities, including Mumbai. The emergency call boxes installed in Navi Mumbai are not found elsewhere in the state. A caller can communicate with the police using these boxes during an emergency. Cameras in the boxes enable the police to see the caller.
Two such boxes have been introduced in Khargar. “The first is near Hirandadni chowk, and second, near Central Park. Officials at the new command centre will receive information from callers and pass it on to the police station. The conversation between callers and officials will be like a video conference,” said Pradeep Kannalu, assistant commissioner of police (wireless).
CIDCO plans to install eight more call boxes. “This system will be helpful during medical emergencies, fires and threats to personal safety,” said an official.
Automatic number plate recognition is another technology that has been introduced. If the police acquire the registration number of a vehicle used during a crime, or that of a stolen vehicle, they can now put an alert on that number. When CCTV cameras record it, an alarm will be raised automatically.
“Two digital sign boards which display messages and information in multiple languages have been installed to inform drivers about specific events and real-time traffic,” said Kannalu.
Public address systems have also been installed at several places. Control room officials can convey messages via these systems. During floods and other natural calamities, these can guide residents, said the police.
“We are also using video analytics and colour analytics. If a suspicious event is spotted by any camera for an inordinately long time, video analytics will raise an alarm and the police will rush to the spot. Colour analytics will show us how many red or blue cars pass through a junction at a given time,” Kannalu added.
“We are trying to introduce more new technologies for the convenience of residents,” said Mohan Ninawe, senior public relations officer, CIDCO.