Metro stations to get ‘intelligent’ security systems

The security arrangements at Delhi Metro stations are set to get smarter.

delhi Updated: Dec 15, 2011 23:38 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times

A unique video analytics system is likely to be put in place in the existing security network to create an alarm pop-up to draw immediate attention of the security personnel in case of any peculiar person or object is captured by the camera.

As per plans, the software-based “intelligent” system would be connected with the CCTV surveillance system.

The CCTV system currently has provisions for monitoring cameras at the station control rooms of the stations with the help of monitoring MMIs (man machine interface).

“This is a software-based system in which the system itself would generate pop-up alarm when the cameras capture any person found in suspicious or objectionable condition or any objects lying unattended,” said an official.

The “intelligent” system will be put in place only after all Metro networks come under CCTV surveillance, he added.

“We have recently placed the requisition for the video analytics system to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. They have given an in principle nod to the demand,” said Udayan Banerjee, DIG, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), who looks after security issues of Delhi Metro, told HT.

“Currently, the CCTV system is available at 124 stations of the network, and in the remaining 14 stations, the work is likely to be completed by the month end,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of Delhi Metro.

Banerjee believes that once the system is in place, the security of metro commuters will increase.

“It is practically impossible for our men to keep a constant eye on the CCTV footages at the monitoring centres at Shastri Park and Barakhamba metro stations. Human error can be avoided through the smart system,” he added.

Keeping vulnerability of Metro commuters in view, the Delhi Metro in consultation with the CISF had started placing close circuit cameras in the Metro stations.

To date, more than 4,000 such cameras have been placed in 124 stations.

Only 14 stations on the Gurgaon line are yet to be covered.

First Published: Dec 15, 2011 23:37 IST