Cidco’s safety mea­sures in city go hi-tech

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

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.

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