Using smart tech for public security (372 “smart” cameras to keep an eye on traffic, criminals in Karnal)

Fri, 2020-07-17 16:40 -- SCC India Staff

Using smart tech

Motorists often try to sneak past traffic junctions without a helmet or by jumping signals whenever a policeman is not around. Now, few will be able to take such chances in Karnal. As many as 472 smart surveillance cameras will be installed in Karnal under the smart city project to monitor traffic movement and keep tabs on criminal activities. The infrared cameras will be fixed at 29 spots in the city, including five main chowks on NH-44.

The cameras will be installed under the integrated command and control centre (ICCC) project and the contract has been given to Madras Security Printer under the automated traffic control system. The work on this project is expected to be completed by the end of November this year. Nishant Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner-cum-CEO Karnal smart city project said the project is worth around rs 158 crore, which will also include smart water supply and streetlight system. “These cameras will be linked with the automatic control system at the command centre being set up at the local municipal office,” he added.

He said 42 cameras will be installed on all chowks on NH-44, including 360-degree rotator cameras which would keep a close vigil on activities and movement of people at the sensitive locations of the city.

A red light violation detection system and adaptive traffic control system will be installed at all these locations to regulate traffic. This system will calibrate itself on the basis of the coming traffic and adjust signals accordingly. The red light violation detection and automatic number plate reader (ANPR) features will be able to distinguish violators from 600 m.