First in Maharashtra: Soon, a CCTV command centre for Navi Mumbai

  • Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan, Hindustan Times, Navi Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2015 22:38 IST

Navi Mumbai is set to be the first city in Maharashtra to have a four-storeyed state-of-the-art CCTV command centre.

The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) is allocating Rs 2.5 crore for constructing the centre at the compound of the police commissioner’s office at CBD Belapur and the construction will start within a few months, said a senior police officer.

As of now, there are 266 CCTV cameras installed in areas under the jurisdiction of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). The civic body has decided to install another 451 cameras. Cidco itself is planning to install 574 CCTV cameras under its jurisdiction. Hence, a total of 1,291 cameras will be monitored from the upcoming command centre, police said.

Pradeep Kannalu, assistant commissioner of police (wireless), said, “We already have one CCTV command centre at the police commissioner’s office, from where we are monitoring the existing cameras. However, one single room is not sufficient for monitoring so many cameras installed across the city.”

Sources from the police department told Hindustan Times there would be a 70-foot tall screen in the command centre and the entire screen will be accessible for viewing from the first, second and third floor. The police control room will also be shifted to the centre once construction is completed.

Apart from monitoring the city, the police will use the command centre for issuing e-challans as they do now. Not only that, the centre is also likely to play a role in pre-empting terror activities in the city.

The Navi Mumbai police, under the guidance of the state IT department, have envisaged a collaborative framework to monitor the goings-on inside public and private institutes through the CCTV cameras installed there. It will help tackle crises like the 26/11 terror attacks more effectively, as it will enable the police to view the interior of any building from the command centre.

According to the proposed voluntary code of practice, public and private institutions such as hotels, shopping malls, theatres, schools, colleges and the railways can share the IP addresses of their CCTV cameras or the details of their digital video recorders with the police.

“We have already earmarked the area where the command centre will be constructed. We will start the construction after completing the official formalities,” a Cidco official said.

* In an effort to avert possible terror activities, identify errant motorists and detect crimes in Navi Mumbai, the city police are planning to use some advanced technologies which is are still a distant possibility in other cities of India.

1) Face recognition software: There are photographs of around 5,500 criminals in the police database. While some of these criminals are now in jail, a majority of them are out on bail. The police will use this software to find out if any of these criminals come to the city and photographs captured by cameras will be matched with those in the police database instantly. It will help them know if history-sheeters are planning crimes in the city.

2) Red light violation software: If any motorist jumps a traffic signal, this software will generate an automated challan with the registration number of that vehicle printed on it. The challan will be sent to the owner of the vehicle. It is an advanced form of the e-challans the police presently issues.

3) Video analytics: If any CCTV camera captures an idle object lying at a junction for a long time, this software will alert the police. The software, which will also be used to track motorists’ activities, is effective enough to capture the colour of the clothes of a driver and the registration number of their vehicle.

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