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.

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