Lucknow goes hi-tech on security

Sat, 2015-09-26 15:42 -- SCC India Staff


Mahindra Defence Lucknow security project

Mahindra Defence Implements Smart Surveillance 2.0 for Lucknow City in record time of six months - New System to enhance safety & Security of Citizens; improve emergency aid infrastructure.

Uttar Pradesh, India's most populated state, is home to a staggering 21 crore residents. According to a report titled Crime in India 2013, which was released by The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in June 2014, Uttar Pradesh topped in the lists of various crimes and violations.

Shockingly, the report also stated that there are merely 78 policemen per lakh of people as against UN recommended ratio of 222 policemen. To add worry to woe, the police force is armed with insufficient and outdated resources that are scattered over the sprawling 2.5 lakh-square kilometre area.

Hence, there was a need for other safety measures to be implemented.

Technology to the rescue

The state government of Uttar Pradesh along with Uttar Pradesh Police conceived the use of latest technologies based on global best practices to design & implement Smart Surveillance for Lucknow City as first step to modernise the police operations for providing better safety & security to its citizens.

On 12 April 2015, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, unveiled Smart City Surveillance project encompasses 70 crossings with 280 cameras installed.

This project is titled Drishthi (meaning sight, in Hindi).

Interoperability of technology

Lucknow Police are now integrating CCTV cameras installed by commercial establishments with the Smart Surveillance system to ensure the entire city is covered without excessive financial pressure on the government.

CM Akhilesh Yadav alongwith Lucknow police

“Maintaining public order, crime control and traffic management on streets would be the key focus of this project. I feel that presence of cameras will gradually bring about a positive change among people,” CM Akhilesh Yadav said, hoping for a behavioural change among the citizens. He also said that the installation of CCTV cameras would not only help in maintaining law and order but also for traffic management and crime control.

Mukul Goel, additional director general for law and order, elucidated that previously, it would have been impossible to survey mass events for lack of enough traffic policemen on the roads. Mobile surveillance vans equipped with night vision cameras have also been deployed as a part of the project and the cameras can extend up to three metres over the vehicle to capture members of a violent mob.

The specs & locales

Mahindra Defence designed and implemented the surveillance network comprising the aforementioned 280 IP CCTVs, ANPRs, Video Analytics, Mobile Surveillance System, Command Control Centre and Data Centres.

These were built with the singular objective of controlling crime in the city. The 70 locations that the project covers in Lucknow includes entry and exit points into the city along with VVIP areas as well as critical and sensitive locations.

While a total of 280 high-resolution cameras have been set up at strategic locations across the city, 40 of these have been installed with ANPR technology. Cameras have been installed with infrared technology that helps automatically recognise number plates. This feature was demonstrated by the issue of electronic challans to traffic offenders on the day of the launch.


  • System involves 280 high end CCTV Surveillance cameras

  • Installation at 70 Critical locations across city

  • Mobile Surveillance Vehicle with IR PTZ camera installed on 3 mtrs mast & 3G connectivity to control room for display of live feed

  • World Class Police Central Command & Control Centre with trained operators.

  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition(ANPR) installed at entry/ exit points to city & important areas

Project design based on Global Best Practices and Technology

Mobile Surveillance Vehicle

The benefits

“This [the Smart City Surveillance project] would be helpful in nabbing criminals, defying them and taking action against them. This will also be very useful in managing traffic violations. We have encouraged businesses to setup CCTV cameras and more than 1,000 are already in place.”, said Goel.

Speaking of this revolutionary move of surveying traffic, Additional Superintendent, Durgesh Kumar, said “We can track down the vehicle owner responsible for the accident or chain-snatcher on the run with the help of ANPR if we have registration details.”

Mahindra Defence along with Cisco Systems, our lead partner, have joined hands in a Rs 44 crore contract to scale this project. Cisco already has implemented a similar project in Navi Mumbai.


  • Commended as the fastest-implemented Smart City Surveillance project for by an Indian Police department.

  • From the day of official launch, 500 electronic challans have been handed to traffic offenders.

  • Police Control Rooms have been set up with trained personnel to monitor data captured by the CCTV cameras 24/7.

Additionally, the company's project Dhrishthi was selected as the winner for the category “Most Innovative City Surveillance Initiative” by the SWI Awards Jury.

Achievers Speak

SP Shukla, Group President, Mahindra Aerospace and Defence Sector, said, “The Uttar Pradesh police has set a new benchmark in getting this world class technology system operational in just six months with support from Mahindra Defence as its implementation partner. This project has been an important part of the Mahindra Group’s initiative to support the government in creating Smart and Safe Cities and we are committed to partnering with the UP Police to ensure smooth running of the system.”

Lt Cdr Jasbir Singh Solanki (Retd), Head-Homeland Security and Smart Cities, said, “We worked in partnership with the UP Police to deliver one of the largest and fastest Smart City Surveillance project, which has come to be viewed as a success story for the Homeland industry. This model can also be adopted by various police departments across India in order to create a safe and secure environment in our cities.”

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