Delhi Police to go hi-tech for I-Day

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Delhi Police to go hi-tech for I-Day

Friday, 05 August 2022 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Amid the lurking terror threat in the run up to the 75th Independence Day, the Delhi Police is planning to install 1,000 Internet Protocol (IP)-based cameras equipped with features like face detection, people movement detection, tripwire, audio detection, intrusion and defocus.

According to sources, 80 per cent CCTV Cameras of IP-based 2-megapixel and 20 per cent CCTV cameras of IP-based 4-megapixel will be installed at each and every corner at Red Fort, where Independence Day celebrations will be held.

The strategic locations for the placement of the cameras will be intimated by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) concerned at the time of installation.

“The IP-based CCTVs will be installed at New Delhi district, North district, Southeast district, Central district, Security Unit and Northwest district,” said the sources.

“A large number of CCTVs will be installed in the North district and Central district that covers the Red Fort area,” said the sources. Sources said that the CCTV cameras will be equipped with face detection, movement detection, tripwire, audio detection, intrusion, defocus, abandoned and missing object features. “Beyond these features, the cameras will provide Full HD 1080P live view of the locations. Real time basis data will be also shared for face recognition servers,” sources added.

With the inbuilt Infra Red (IR), these cameras will incorporate a built-in 30X optical, auto-focus zoom lens, and will have 12X digital zoom capability for better exposure and detection. During night these cameras will cover distances up to 150 metres.

Last year, thousands of farmers protesting against the Centre's now scrapped farm laws clashed with the police during a tractor parade on January 26. Many of the protesters, driving tractors, reached the Red Fort and entered the monument. Some protesters even hoisted religious flags on one of its domes and a flagstaff at the ramparts, where the national flag is unfurled on Independence Day.

The farmers going on a rampage in the city on Republic Day had raised serious questions regarding the security arrangements for the day.

The move to install the high-end cameras on vantage points in the city with high traffic movements is expected to deter the nefarious elements from carrying out misadventures, officials said.

The ever-evolving terror tactics have promoted the security agencies to opt for hi-tech gadgets enabled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor traffic and people to deter any untoward incidents, officials added.

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