Smart surveillance systems have become an important entity to pave a smooth path for developing smart cities. To this, DCP Dr Fakeerappa Kaginelli at Kirlampudi (a village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh) inaugurated a community surveillance system comprising seven night vision CCTV cameras, located at important locations and interlinked by Wi-Fi to a central monitoring station.
A Narasimha Murthy, Assistant Commissioner of Police, launched the push-to-talk units. These were implemented as part of Let’s Get Smart Kirlampudi — a CSR initiative of CitYzen (a CSR arm of Fluentgrid Limited). CitYzen has collaborated with the Kirlampudi Residents Welfare Association (KRWA) and have taken up many initiatives in the past three years. In addition to the support extended by CitYzen, two of the installed cameras were sponsored by the residents of the colony.
Apart from the CCTV cameras and smart street lighting, Kirlampudi Colony had initiated several programmes such as terrace farming, detailed colony map at each entrance, composting, rain water harvesting pits and other eco-friendly measures. For the street-side vendors in the colony, they have installed six all-weatherproof kiosks at free of cost. About 50 percent garbage from the colony is source segregated and now the residents are planning to take it to 100 percent.
For their efforts and services, Kirlampudi Colony was honoured as the best colony of the city with the ‘People’s and Public Participatory Initiative’ certificates from the GVMC on August 15, 2017.