High-tech Internet-based Video Surveillance System (VSS) is being installed at 756 railway stations across 10 railway zones of the country, including 26 stations of North Central Railway (NCR).
Once installed, the VSS, which comes with artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled video analytics software and facial recognition software, will automatically trigger an alert whenever any “known criminal” is detected inside a railway station, officials said.
This work has been entrusted to Mini Ratna Central Government PSU Railtel under Ministry of Railways. Officials informed that Railtel has finalized the agency, which will execute the work of setting up VSS.
Among the 26 NCR centers to be equipped with VSS under the Nirbhaya Fund are Gwalior, Agra Fort, Aligra, Mirzapur, Vindhyachal, Anwarganj and Raja Ki Mandi, Babina, Datia, Mahoba, Phafund, Tundla, Orai, Etawah, Lalitpur, Sikohabad, Sikohabad Banda and Murena among others.
The first phase of the project covers major stations numbering 756 A1, A, B, C and is likely to be completed by January 2023, officials said.
“This VSS system will be IP based and will have a network of CCTV cameras. These CCTVs are being networked on optical fiber cable and the video feed of the CCTV cameras is displayed not only at the local RPF posts but also at the centralized CCTV control room at divisional and zonal level. CCTV cameras and video feeds of stations are monitored at these three levels for increased safety and security on the railway premises,” said Sucharita Pradhan, senior manager, RailTel.
The system comes with artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video analysis software and facial recognition software that will trigger an alert to detect known criminals when they enter the station premises, he said.
The feed can be viewed from any web browser by authorized staff.
“VSS uses four types of IP cameras (dome, bullet, pan tilt zoom and ultra-HD-4k). The recording of the video feeds is stored in the CCTV cameras for 30 days,” the official said.
“AI enabled analytics software comes with features including intrusion detection, camera tampering, intrusion detection, human and vehicle detection, human search based on their characteristics, color search, fallen person and combination search”, said Pradhan.
Besides, two panic buttons should also be installed on each platform. Once the panic button is activated by any person in distress, an alarm will appear on the VSS along with a popup of the integrated camera at the operator workstation. “If the relevant camera is of PTZ type, the camera moves to the panic button and zooms to see the person in distress,” the official said.
“Safety and security of passengers is one of the key focus areas and to enhance security at railway stations, VSS will be installed at various locations including waiting halls, reservation counters, parking areas, main entry/exit, platforms, foot over bridges, booking offices etc,” said railway officials.
As part of the Railway Board’s initiative, 6,049 railway stations of all categories across the country have been equipped with state-of-the-art systems with funds allocated under the Centre’s Nirbhaya Fund.