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To enhance vigil, Golden Temple gets high-definition cameras

punjab Updated: Dec 23, 2013 21:51 IST
Aseem Bassi
Aseem Bassi
Hindustan Times

With a view to enhancing vigil on the Golden Temple premises, high-definition cameras have been installed on the passage between Darshani Deori and the sanctum sanctorum.

The Golden Temple already had about 200 CCTV cameras with a centralised control room. The shrine has now added 15 high definition cameras that can capture even the slightest of movement.

Some of these cameras have also been installed inside the sanctum sanctorum. The cost of these high-tech cameras was borne by Onkar Singh Sangha, his family members and the San Jose Gurudwara Committee from California in USA.

The security system in Darbar Sahib is designed and installed by Silicon Valley, a company based in US. The system provides sophisticated face recognition and face-tracking software.

Talking to HT, Darbar Sahib manager Partap Singh said, "The high definition cameras have been installed. The idea is to keep a close eye and ensure best surveillance in the shrine. Few cameras have been installed on the passage approaching the sanctum sanctorum."

He said the installation of these cameras would enhance the vigil and have been connected to a dedicated control room.

Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials said all cameras had 30 frames per second capability that allowed smooth motion-tracking system. These are equipped with high-optical zoom facility to help recognise faces.

These cameras also had 30 days recording capability and a remote monitoring system.

Surveillance inside the shrine has been a major challenge for the SGPC as lakhs of pilgrims pay obeisance at the Golden Temple every day.

The need for high-tech surveillance became important after the kidnapping of a child inside the temple and an incident wherein some unidentified offered some poisonous substance to some pilgrims.

However, many persons involved in pick-pocketing have been nabbed in the past with the help of CCTV cameras.

Features of HD cameras
- Equipped with PTZ cameras; have 30-frames per second capability with motion-tracking facility

- Have high-optical zoom system to facilitate face recognition and also have custom-designed tracking software

- Can store recording up to 30 days with back-up and restoration capability

- Have remote-monitoring system and with 30-minute colour recording capability