Erumely to get 36 face detection cameras
Police are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the bustling streets of Erumely, a major stopover en route the Sabarimala temple, remain peaceful during the upcoming annual pilgrim season.
In the run-up to the Mandalam-Makaravilakku season starting next week, the Department is introducing a video surveillance network, consisting of 36 cameras equipped with face detection software, around the town.
The system, operating round-the-clock, will be fed with photographs of persons booked in connection with the recent protests over the Sabarimala issue.
The cameras scan streets and instantly analyse faces. Once a suspect’s face is identified, police will be notified immediately.
“People will be under surveillance from the time they enter the Koratty bridge, the first point, till they leave Karikallumuzhi. Once identified, suspects will be picked up in 15 minutes. The whole system will be controlled and monitored from a hi-tech control room operating from the Erumely police station,” said S. Madhusoodanan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kanjirappally.
According to police estimates, over 2.5 crore of the nearly four crore devotees who visited Sabarimala last season passed through the town.
It witnessed a series of protests recently over the entry of women of childbearing age into Sabarimala.