CCTVS, LED lights, Wi-fi: Cap­i­tal to get 625 smart poles by May

SUR­VEIL­LANCE To­tal num­ber of cam­eras to go up to 5,692

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com n VIPIN KU­MAR/HT

NEWDELHI: The New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) will in­stall 625 “smart poles” equipped with a panic but­ton near schools, Metro sta­tions and other sen­si­tive spots by De­cem­ber 2019 for ad­di­tional se­cu­rity, of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the project said.

The panic but­ton will help peo­ple con­tact of­fi­cials at the civic agency’s com­mand cen­tre in cases of emer­gency. The CCTV cam­eras atop these poles will be equipped to re­volve 360 de­grees and cap­ture footage of up to 100 me­tres, of­fi­cials said.

The in­for­ma­tion col­lected from the smart poles will be sent to the NDMC com­mand cen­tre at Pa­lika Ken­dra, se­nior NDMC of­fi­cials said.

Such poles will be in­stalled near the gates of 43 schools and 17 Metro sta­tions as well as in prom­i­nent mar­kets like Saro­jini Na­gar, Ben­gali Mar­ket, Ne­taji Na­gar, BK Dutt Colony, Ben­gali Mar­ket and Gole Mar­ket.

Ti­har Jail, the largest prison in the coun­try, is set to get a ma­jor video sur­veil­lance over­haul as of­fi­cials said they will in­crease the num­ber of CCTV cam­eras in the com­plex by more than five times. From 942 cam­eras, the jail is set to get 5,692 night vi­sion cam­eras within 10 months, of­fi­cials said.

Last month, Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal ap­proved the ₹120-crore project for the mod­erni­sa­tion of video sur­veil­lance in­side the prison.

Jail of­fi­cers said there would be no blind spot left in­side the 400acre com­plex once it gets the pro­posed ad­di­tion of 4,750 new cam­eras.

“There will be mix of pan tilt zoom, dome and bul­let cam­eras. This will be the first time all cam­eras will have fa­cil­ity of night vi­sion. They will help in pre­vent­ing any un­law­ful ac­tiv­ity in­side the prison and will also help mon­i­tor ev­ery sin­gle ac­tiv­ity in­side,” a prison spokesper­son said.

At 15,892 in­mates, the prison in west Delhi is the most over­crowded jail in In­dia and houses some of the most high pro­file in­mates in­clud­ing gang­ster Ch­hota Ra­jan, for­mer par­lia­men­tar­ian Shah­bud­din, In­dian Mu­jahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal and VVIP chop­per deal mid­dle­man Chris­tian Michel.

In Fe­bru­ary last year, the Delhi High Court pulled up jail au­thor­i­ties when the lat­ter failed to present CCTV footage that showed an al­leged as­sault on pris­on­ers by of­fi­cials in Jail 1 on Novem­ber 21, 2017. Of­fi­cials had told the court that CCTV cam­eras were “non-func­tional.”

A se­nior prison of­fi­cer said that the record­ing of all the 5,692 cam­eras would be placed at the jail and the prison head­quar­ters.

Ac­cord­ing to the project re­port, the CCTV sys­tem is such that even if the man­age­ment server goes off­line, the record­ing would not get af­fected.

“The cam­eras will have video an­a­lyt­i­cal fea­ture. The stor­age fa­cil­ity will be such that it can save footage of 30 days and that too at two sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions. This en­sures that the footage can­not be tam­pered or lost be­cause of tech­ni­cal glitches,” said an of­fi­cial from state home depart­ment, who did not wish to be iden­ti­fied.

By next week, the home depart­ment will float ten­ders for the cam­eras. Of­fi­cials said the project will be com­pleted within 10 months and that the terms of the ten­der state that the project cost can­not be es­ca­lated.

OF­FI­CIALS SAID THE SYS­TEM IS DE­SIGNED IF THE CCTV MAN­AGE­MENT SERVER GOES OFF­LINE, RECORD­INGS WOULD NOT GET AF­FECTED

With the ad­di­tion of the cam­eras, Ti­har of­fi­cers said there would be n no blind spot left in­side the 400-acre prison com­plex.

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