Pune , August 8,2015 – Pune has joined few select‘smart’ cities in the country to have high end closed circuit television camera (CCTV) surveillance with real-time face recognition system and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system.
The high-tech surveillance system can spot criminals in crowd, while stolen vehicles will also show up on screen at the central CCTV monitoring control room situated on the premises of Police Commissioner’s office.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the Pune city surveillance project. Pune police commissioner K K Pathak, district guardian minister Girish Bapat and other dignitaries.
In the last one and half years, more than 1250 cameras have been installed by M/s Allied Digital Services Limited (ADSL) at over 450 locations in Pune, Pimpri and Chinchwad areas.
The high resolution cameras include fixed cameras (952), pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras (213) and ANPR 52. The number of cameras is set to rise exponentially as several private institutions like buildings, housing societies, shops, religious places will share live video feed on this network.
The demand for CCTV cameras network increased after the German Bakery bomb blast in 2010.
In the present system, all the existing networks like GIS, Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), VAHAN (which has details of all vehicles) and Pune Municipal Corporation intelligent traffic system (ITS) has been integrated with this network which is manned by 25 police personnel and one officer at the state-of-the-art 24×7 command and control centre.
The teams view live streaming of the videos on computers as well as wall size screen. They inform local police stations if they notice any crime or traffic issues. The videos will also be monitored from local police stations, zonal DCP office, PMC, PCMC and collector office.
Police officials said that CCTV cameras network is already being used for crime detection in over 200 cases of chain snatching, murder, robbery and thefts. Since June this year, traffic police have issued challans to about 1500 persons who were caught violating traffic rules on the cameras. A standard operating procedure (SOP) has been formulated as to who should inform whom, when they notice any crime.
The project has come up at cost of Rs 225 crores. The video footage will be stored for 90-180 days. The private firm ADSL will also look after the maintenance for the next five years.