Bhubaneswar: In a bid to enhance the security system at the station premises, Indian Railways is to implement the Video Surveillance System (VSS) (CCTV Camera Network) project under the Nirbhaya Fund at 756 railway stations across the country. countries, including 15 stations under ECoR jurisdiction. The execution of the work by the agency has also been finalized.
As per the announcement, Odisha’s Angul, Bhadrak, Brahmapur, Dhenkanal, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Khurda Road, Balangir, Sambalpur, Titlagarh JN., Koraput, Rayagada, Palasa, Jagdalpur, Srikakulam Road and Vizianagaram stations in ECoR jurisdiction will have a Video Surveillance System (VSS) under the Nirbhaya Fund.
The first phase of the project will cover the main stations of category A1, A, B, C numbering 756 (the list of stations is attached) and is expected to be completed by January 2023. The remaining stations will be covered in phase 2 of Implementation . Passenger safety and security is one of the major focus areas of the Ministry of Railways. In order to improve security at the railway stations which are the major transportation hubs, Indian Railways is installing an Internet Protocol (IP) based Video Surveillance System (VSS) at the stations, c i.e. waiting rooms, reservation counters, parking areas, main entrance/exit, platforms, pedestrian bridges, reservation offices, etc. The Ministry of Railways has approved works for the provision of a CCTV system on major Indian Railways stations under the Nirbhaya funds.
Sh. Ashwani Vaishnaw, the Honorable Minister of Railways, said, “We need to rapidly absorb new technologies in railways, whether for rolling stock, construction, safety, cybersecurity or in railways. situations where there is a human interface”.
Smt. Aruna Singh, President and CEO of RailTel, assured that with the finalization of the executing agencies, the implementation of the project will be accelerated. The most modern software and hardware will be used in this project.
This VSS system will be IP-based and will have a network of CCTV cameras. These CCTVs are networked over a fiber optic cable and the video feed from the CCTV cameras will be displayed not only at the local RPF stations but also in a centralized CCTV control room at the divisional and zonal level. Station CCTV cameras and video feeds will be monitored at these 3 levels to ensure increased security and safety at the railway premises. The system comes with artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video analytics software and facial recognition software that will help detect known criminals raising an alert when they enter the station premises. A Network Management System (NMS) has also been provided for monitoring cameras, servers, UPS and switches which can be accessed from any web browser by authorized personnel.
4 types of IP cameras (dome type, bullet types, Pan Tilt Zoom type and Ultra HD-4k) are being installed to ensure maximum coverage of the railway premises. This will give an additional advantage to RPF officials to ensure enhanced security. Recording of video feeds from CCTV cameras will be stored for 30 days.
Safety features of this system:
The system implemented should serve as a tool to effectively respond to situations/incidents, assist in faster decision-making and act as excellent learning for better preparedness to deal with any incident and eventuality with certain software applications such as video analysis and facial recognition, according to the RDSO version. 6.0.
Artificial intelligence (AI) enabled analysis software has the following features with some alarm and operator side Pop UP view.
· Intrusion detection (people entering railway operating areas)
· Camera tampering
· Wandering detection
· Person and vehicle detection
· Attribute-Based Human Search
· color search
· Fallen person.
· Combined search (human/vehicle and color)
Facial Recognition System (FRS): The VSS (CCTV) system should capture face images from a live CCTV video feed and generate alerts if a blacklist match is found. FRS alerts should be forwarded to the video management system/NVR. (Seamless integration with video management system / NVR).
VMS software will support monitoring alarm inputs and activating outputs for the offered IP cameras. VMS have the functionality of mobile phone clients so that in an emergency, authorized users can upload videos and snapshots to the local VMS server from registered mobile phones, which should include identification of the ‘location. The operator at the centralized location should have the ability to view these alarms and play video, if required, from the stations. The operator at the centralized location must be able to push alarms to the selected FPR/Thana and the registered mobile phone of the relevant security officer.
Emergency button: Two panic button numbers should be installed on each platform. Once the panic button is activated by anyone in distress, an alarm should appear on the VMS as well as the associated camera popup on the operator workstation. If the associated camera is of the PTZ type, the camera must move and zoom on the panic button to see the person in distress.
The recording of video feeds from the CCTV cameras of the stations will be stored in the nearest Thana/RPF Post for 30 days for playback, post-event analysis and for investigative purposes. Important videos should be stored for a longer duration at the data center (using 240TB storage) and RPF Thana/Post using an additional 10% storage (depending on railroad requirements).
For effective operations and management of IT operations, an industry standard Enterprise Management System (EMS) has been implemented for monitoring VSS equipment (Cameras, Switches, Server/Workstation, storage, PC and UPS workstations, etc.). Some of the critical aspects of EMS are:
· Centralized and integrated dashboard display
· Centralized and customizable service level reports
· Server/workstation change, provisioning and configuration
· Network Automation
· Service management (Helpdesk) and SLA management
· Centralized discovery and tracking of IT asset inventory
· Server/workstation monitoring
· Network outage and performance management
· Monitoring and management of penalties
Indian Railways is transforming stations into a digital hub by providing public Wi-Fi at stations across the country and over 6100 stations are live with RailTel’s RailWire Wi-Fi.