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Night vision CCTVs to keep eye on ports, dimly-lit spots in city

The cameras can automatically switch between day and night modes.

mumbai Updated: Jan 15, 2012 00:54 IST
Mohamed Thaver

The CCTV camera network to be installed in the city will also help police keep a closer eye on activities at the ports along with keeping a tab on the rest of the city. Of the 5,000 cameras that will be put up across the city in the next few months, nearly 500 will be enabled with night vision facility.

These cameras will allow round-the-clock surveillance at ports, which have poor lighting compared to the city streets. The police have in the past busted several diesel smuggling rackets and other illegal activities at the city ports.

Additional commissioner of police (central region) Vineet Agarwal who was part of the team, led by home minister

RR Patil, that had gone to the UK to study London’s CCTV network after the July 13 triple blasts in the city last year, said, “Nearly 10% of the CCTV network will comprise night vision cameras. They will be put up at ports where there is poor lighting

and other such places where a normal CCTV camera will be ineffective.”

Night vision cameras help take quality images in poor light, as against normal cameras in which the image quality is affected.

Apart from the cameras with night vision facility, the police also plan to take additional steps to ensure that the cameras put up across the city streets get a fair amount of light exposure, to ensure that the quality of the image captured is usable.

“While at most places the street lights will provide sufficient light, at spots where there it is not adequate for the cameras to capture quality images, we may write to the civic body to make additional lighting arrangements,” added Agarwal.

The cameras have an in-built facility that switches modes as night falls (see box). “While the quality of the images captured by these cameras during daytime will definitely be superior, the additional measures will ensure that the images captured during the night are up to the mark,” added Agarwal.

About 5,000 CCTV cameras are slated to be put up across the city in the next few months. Loosely based on the CCTV network used in the UK, it is expected to help the police prevent as well as detect crimes.

The CCTVs will be monitored by individual police stations in the city and links will be established with the regional and main control room.