Chennai Police to keep an eye on citizens (installs 1.5 lakh cameras)

Chennai police

The Chennai Police, which has installed around 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras around the city, has decided to use it efficiently with its recently-launched ‘CCTV Chennai City’ app. The app is linked to Google Maps, on which all the locations in the city where CCTV cameras have been fixed are pinned. The app, which only high-ranking officer can access are applicable to check and find out how many cameras are present at a particular location and can also search and choose the location they want to check if a particular area has got CCTV surveillance and the distance between each camera.

The android mobile application has been installed in mobile phones of traffic inspectors. The Deputy Commissioners (Traffic) of North, East, West and South will have the necessary permission to pin new CCTV camera locations in the maps and make changes in the existing data in their respective jurisdiction. Joint commissioners have also been given similar facility, while the Additional Commissioner (Traffic) and City Police Commissioner will monitor all the cameras.

With an intention to have at least one CCTV camera for every 50 metres on important roads in Chennai, the city traffic police wing have zeroed in on as many as 15,345 locations and 31,802 shops to install the cameras. Parts of Poonamallee High Road and Anna Salai have been brought under CCTV surveillance in the last few days. On Saturday, Commissioner AK Viswanathan inaugurated another 446 cameras covering Cathedral Road, Radhakrishnan Salai, TTK Road, Eldams Road, Kasthuri Rangan Road, Chamiers Road and Cenatoph Road.