Security scare during Brics meet as police wireless sets fell silent
It was the worst possible time for a system breakdown. In March, when the Capital was hosting five heads of state for the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, the Delhi Police’s communication system collapsed.delhi Updated: Apr 29, 2012 01:02 IST
It was the worst possible time for a system breakdown.
In March, when the Capital was hosting five heads of state for the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, the Delhi Police’s communication system collapsed.
Though they averted a major security lapse by switching to a backup facility to track the VVIP movement, the incident has raised questions about the Rs 100-crore Tetra system — brought in to replace the old wireless sets.
Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) — a professional mobile radio and two-way transceiver — collapsed during a major mock drill in the city on February 15 too, and gave the police problems during the April 15 MCD polls.
The Delhi government had launched the device ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games to ensure all agencies — the police, civic bodies, etc — stayed connected on a single platform.
The police have been avoiding a complete switch to Tetra, citing connectivity problems. “Apart from Tetra, we use our own system as backup, though the government has been insisting we only use Tetra. Had we not done that, it could have created a security issue during the Brics summit,” said a senior officer.
“There are some grey areas but we are in the process of installing more base stations there to improve the situation,” a government officer said.