Soon, there will be over 2,000 eyes across Mumbai prying on you.
The state home department has decided to fit internet protocol (IP)-based video surveillance cameras at important spots at malls, airport, railway stations, installations like BARC and several important traffic junctions — and all of them will be real time.
The need for real-time surveillance came into light after the 26/11 terror attacks.
“We have taken a leaf from the Bangalore-based traffic tracking and management system and replicating the relevant parts in Mumbai. The system, which will transfer data through high-speed cables, will serve a two-fold purpose of security and traffic management,” said minister of state for home Satej Patil who travelled to Bangalore with joint police commissioner (Traffic) Vivek Phansalkar to study the system.
Announced in the 2011 budget, the project that will cost over Rs150 crore will involve fitting different sort of cameras, 1,500 fixed domes which are stationary cameras, 400 Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras that can be moved to detect an object and finally 15 long range thermal ones which will be installed along the coast.
“The cameras have the ability to zoom in and move onto a suspicious object and it can also be done from the control rooms that will be set up in 5 regions of Mumbai. Right now, we do not have trained staff so we can outsource them,” he added.
Apart from being able to track people and dangerous objects, the system will be connected to traffic movement and will be able to manage signaling making traffic flow smoother.
“If the person at the regional office feels that there is no traffic at a three-minute signal he can reduce it to a minute, thus ensure fast traffic flow. The system which has a GPS can also evaluate traffic scenarios and change routes in case of emergency,” he added.