monitoring system will be installed at stations 756 Rly | Allahabad News
Prayagraj: Train travel is about to be safer as the Ministry of Railways has decided to install a high-tech internet system CCTV system (VSS) at 756 rail stations across the country’s 10 zones, including at 26 North Central Railways (NCR) stations, in the first phase of the plan by January 2023.
The Railway Board plans to equip a total of 6,049 railway stations across the country with the state-of-the-art system in stages and will secure funding from the Union Government’s Nirbhaya Fund.
The work was entrusted to RailTel Corporation, a ‘Mini Ratna (Category I)’ PSU which is one of the largest carrier neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country and owns pan-India fiber optic network on exclusive right of way (ROW) along railway tracks. RailTel in turn finalized the agency that would carry out the work to install the VSS. The first phase of the project will cover 756 main stations of category A1, A, B, C and is expected to be completed by January 2023. The remaining stations will be covered in phase 2.
“Passenger safety and security is one of the main focus areas of the Ministry of Railways. The VSS would be installed at multiple points in a station, including waiting rooms, reservation counters, parking areas, main entrance, exit, platforms, walkways, reservation desks, etc. . said Sucharita Pradhan, Senior Director of RailTel.
“The IP-based VSS system will have a network of CCTV cameras connected via fiber optic cable and the video feed will be displayed not only at local RPF posts but also at a centralized CCTV control room at divisional and zonal level. Video feeds will be monitored at three levels to ensure increased security and safety,” Pradhan added.
The system comes with artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video analysis software and facial recognition software that will trigger an alert if a known criminal enters the station premises. The feed can be viewed from any web browser by authorized personnel, she said.
The system would use four types of IP cameras (dome, bullet, panoramic zoom and Ultra HD-4k). The recording of video feeds from these CCTV cameras will be stored for 30 days.
“The AI-enabled scanning software comes with features like intrusion detection, camera tampering, wandering detection, human and vehicle detection, human search based on attribute, color search and combination search,” Pradhan said.
In addition, two panic buttons will be installed on each platform. Once the panic button is pressed by a person in distress, an alarm should appear on the VSS with the associated camera popup on the operator workstation. “In the event that the associated camera is of the PTZ type, the camera must zoom in on the panic button to see the person in distress,” the manager specified. NCR’s 26 stations include Gwalior, Agra FortAligrah, Mirzapur, Vindhyachal, Anwarganj, and Raja ki Mandi.