How Kolhapur became smart and safe (other cities can follow too)

Wed, 2016-12-28 12:00 -- SCC India Staff

Kolhapur MC

With Kolhapur increasing in both strategic and geopolitical prominence, Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC), jointly with the city’s police department, deployed a platform that will not only increase security and safety, but also help manage traffic, deal with emergency communications and other vital aspects that will create a smarter and safer city. 

The solution was successfully used during the silent march taken out by the Maratha community on October 15th, 2016. For this, KMC roped in Qognify, the leader in Big Data solutions for physical security and operations. 

Speaking to the Council, P Siva Sankar, Municipal Commissioner, says, “We have invested Rs 6.50 crore and upgraded our existing surveillance infrastructure with high technology.” 

According to Sankar, after deployment of this solution, the police department has managed to resolve a few criminal cases quickly and managed to nab traffic offenders. 

Its crowd monitoring video analytics solution continuously monitored vast areas where approximately one million protestors were marching, instantly alerting police of any areas which were overcrowded, through the 165 cameras installed across the city. Smart threshold alerts were streamed directly into the control room while the crowd was building up, so that action could be taken before the crowd density reached dangerous levels, ensuring safety and stability.

At the core of the solution is Situator, Qognify’s advanced PSIM/Situation Management solution, which manages a myriad of security systems and sensors, including Qognify’s video management solution, from a newly built state-of-the-art Command & Control Centre. Security operators and officials had advanced situational awareness of what was happening in their city and at which point. 

Automated, pre-defined SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) were designed, in the local language, for handling routine security incidents as well as disaster management, ensuring that the most effective response was initiated, and procedures were executed in a consistent manner.

During the planning phase, 65 locations were identified as focal points throughout the city, either due to known criminal activity or due to the significance of the location for other reasons. In those locations, the IP surveillance, including some high definition, panoramic cameras with additional sensors, were implemented to boost capabilities and awareness. 

The municipal commissioner further adds that currently, KMC and city police department are jointly conducting a survey to add more locations in the second phase of CCTV implementation.