Phase I of the CCTV system in stations is to be completed by January 2023

The first phase of the Indian Railways CCTV project at stations across the country will be completed by January 2023, RailTel said in a statement on Wednesday.

RailTel is the implementing agency for the programme. The first phase of the project will cover major category A1, A, B and C stations numbering 756, and is expected to be completed by January 2023, he said, adding that the remaining stations will be covered in the second. phase. “In an effort to improve security at stations which are major transportation hubs, the railways are installing an Internet Protocol (IP) based video surveillance system (VSS) at stations, i.e. waiting rooms, reservation counters, parking areas, main entrance/exit, platforms, pedestrians on bridges and reservation offices,” the statement said. approved the project under the Nirbhaya funds.”We need to quickly absorb new technologies in the railways, whether for rolling stock, construction, safety, cybersecurity or in situations

where there is a human interface,” Railways Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw said. Station CCTV cameras and video feeds will be monitored at three levels to provide increased security on railway premises.

The system comes with artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video analytics software and facial recognition software that will help detect known criminals raising an alert when they enter the station premises.

Network Management System (NMS) was also provided for monitoring

of cameras, server, inverter and switches that can be viewed from any

web browser by authorized personnel, he said.

Four types of IP cameras (dome type, bullet types, pan and tilt zoom

type and Ultra HD-4k) are being installed to ensure maximum coverage

of the railway enclosure. This will give an extra advantage to Railway

officials of the Protection Force (RPF) to ensure enhanced security.

Recording of video feeds from CCTV cameras will be stored for

30 days, the statement added.

Speaking about the safety features of the system, the railways said

it must act as a tool to respond effectively to situations, helping

faster decision making and act as great learning for better preparation

to deal with any incident and eventuality with a software application

such as video analysis and facial recognition.

“With the finalization of the executing agencies, the implementation

of the project will be accelerated. The most modern software and

material will be used in this project.

“This VSS system will be IP-based and will have a CCTV network

cameras. These CCTVs are networked over fiber optic cables and

the video feed from the cameras will be displayed not only locally

RPF posts, but also to a centralized CCTV control room at the division

and zonal level,” said Aruna Singh, President and CEO of RailTel.