Delhi airport to replace CCTV cameras
Security of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is set for an overhaul as the airport operator is replacing 4,000 cameras apart from adding new ones.delhi Updated: May 23, 2017 23:39 IST
Security of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is set for an overhaul as the airport operator is replacing 4,000 cameras apart from adding new ones. The move comes after cameras started developing snags and the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) decided to replace them with sophisticated ones.
Apart from replacing the cameras in and around the airport, DIAL is stalling new cameras with number plate readers on the approach road of the airport. The Delhi Police have identified areas and about 150 cameras are being installed at every entry and exit point of approach roads leading to the airport that will capture the face of the driver and registration number plate of the vehicle.
“The cameras were installed in 2009 and started developing snags. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), responsible for airport security, raised the issue and the process to replace the cameras has started,” said an airport official.
Some of these are video analytics camera. It automatically alerts security personnel whenever it notices any suspicious movement. For instance if a bag is lying for over a minute, someone other than authorized person is carrying weapon or someone is lying on the floor, it will issue an alert.
“DIAL has installed CCTV cameras at IGI Airport as per the directions/guidelines of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA),” said a spokesperson of DIAL.
According to the Delhi Police, at least 5 km of the area around airport need to be covered with cameras.
Currently those coming to airport come under the electronic surveillance only when they reach to security barricade, few metres away from the airport, where similar high-tech cameras are installed.
“Delhi airport’s outside area has changed a lot and commercial activities have also increased. We need to monitor not only the areas near the airport but also the approach rods that are leading to it. A joint survey was conducted to identify the areas where cameras need to be installed,” the official added.
Last year, security at Delhi airport was ranked better than the international airports such as Dallas, Heathrow, Paris and Dubai airport. The ranking was announced by Airports Council International (ACI).
“On four parameters – courtesy and helpfulness of security staff, thoroughness of security inspection, waiting time at security inspection and feeling of being safe and secure, Delhi has been rated better than international airports. In fact six major airports of India has been rated better that six international airports of other countries,” CISF DG OP Singh had said.
ASQ is the only worldwide programme to survey passengers at the airport on their day of travel. Every year the programme delivers some 6,00,000 individual surveys in 41 languages in 84 countries. It measures passengers’ views of 34 key performance indicators including airport access, check-in, security screening, restrooms, stores and restaurants. Each airport uses the exact same survey, creating an industry database that allows airports to compare themselves to other airports around the world.