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Mumbai to install nearly 6,000 CCTV cameras for surveillance


The Indian government will deploy 5,963 hi-tech CCTV cameras in 1,472 locations throughout Mumbai for a new CCTV surveillance system project, according to a report by The Asian Age.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the confirmed project, with technology provided by Larsen & Toubro subsidiaries, L&T Construction and L&T Infotech.

The planned installation of CCTV cameras comes a couple of months after the November 26th terrorist attack in Mumbai.

The project will feature five different kinds of CCTV cameras including fix dome cameras for public places, thermal imaging cameras for coastal line, infra-red filter cameras for areas with poor lighting, PTZ (Pan, Tilt and Zoom) cameras and Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras to be installed at the city’s entry and exit points.

“Mr Fadnavis sanctioned the file clearing the way for issuing Letter of Intent to Larsen and Toubro,” said K.P. Bakshi, additional chief secretary for home.

He added that L&T initially quoted 983 crore (USD $160 million) in the bid, but was asked to bring down the proposed bid to 950 crore (USD $150 million).

The CCTV cameras would include four types that will be installed depending on the locations, such as sensitive buildings, establishments and public places.

A senior home department official said that the fix dome cameras will feature 1920 x 1080 video resolution for use in most of the public places, and will help police easily identify the people captured on the cameras.

PTZ cameras can be operated by remote control, infrared cameras are able to capture images even in areas where there is little natural light, thermal imaging cameras can capture images from a distance of four to five km through the body heat, and ANPR will be installed at entry and exit points of the city.

An official from the IT department said that the footage collected from the new cameras would be sent to the traffic police, BMC and police control room, while a separate unit called the Picture Intelligence Unit will analyze videos by using facial recognition software.

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