IP-based CCTV system installed in 813 major railway stations to ensure safety and security


By Nishant Ketu |
07 July 2021 04:19 STI

New Delhi [India]Jul 07 (ANI): To give a major boost to the safety and security of passengers, especially women and children, Indian Railways and its RailTel PSU installed an IP-based video surveillance system (VSS) in 813 major railway stations across the country.
By March 2022, 756 stations are expected to be completed by the railways and RailTel. In addition, work is underway at 47 additional stations and will soon be completed.
According to a statement from RailTel, this is a project covering all category A1, A, B, C, D and E railway stations and around 5000 stations are being run by RailTel.
The main objective of this project is to ensure the safety and security of passengers. To implement this project, Indian Railways signed a Memorandum of Understanding with RailTel on June 25, 2020.
In addition, to promote domestic manufacturing, address national security concerns, the clause for system-wide auditing by government agencies constituted by CERT-IN, and prevent the participation of countries sharing a land border with the India, large scale and robust revised specifications have been released by Indian Railways and based on these issues, RailTel issued 4 tenders on May 21 for CCTV in 456 stations.
According to the specifications of this project, all the CCTVs are networked on a fiber optic network and the video feed from the CCTV cameras is displayed not only at the local stations of the RPF, but also in a centralized CCTV control room in the divisional offices. and zonal.
Station CCTV cameras and video feeds are monitored at 3 levels to provide increased security on railway premises.
Despite the COVID pandemic, RailTel has already completed the work of setting up a centralized control room in 14 zonal railways. These centralized control rooms display CCTV video feeds installed by RailTel at stations in the respective areas. 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.
It should be mentioned that four types of IP cameras (dome type, bullet types, Pan Tilt Zoom type and Ultra HD-4k) are being installed to ensure maximum coverage inside the railway premises. This will give an additional advantage to RPF officials to improve security.
It should be noted that RailTel, a core public sector company “Mini Ratna (Category-I)”, is one of the largest neutral telecommunications infrastructure providers in the country, possessing a pan-India fiber optic network covering several cities and rural areas of the country. Along with a strong and reliable network of over 59,500 RKM of fiber optics, RailTel also has two Tier III Data Centers.
RailTel is also working with Indian Railways to turn stations into digital hubs by providing public Wi-Fi at stations across the country. (ANI)


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