Millennium City Gets Smart Eyes In The Sky

Around three years after the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) mooted a project for a closed-circuit television camera-based Surveillance and Adaptive Traffic Management System for the Millennium City, its first phase is expected to be completed by March this year with the installation of around 1,200 CCTV cameras.  It will have artificial intelligence and features such as traffic signal violation detection, overspeeding detection, face recognition, and reading of number plates at 200­odd places, including major intersections. Another 800 cameras would be installed during the Phase­II of the project. P.K. Aggarwal, the adviser, Smart City, GMDA, told The Hindu that the agency proposed to install around 1,200 cameras by March this year in Gurugram and Manesar falling under its jurisdiction, and already 700 cameras were installed covering 160 places.


“We hope to install the remaining 500 cameras, covering around 60 places in another three months,” he said. The laying of captive optical fiber for the project began in 2018 and the work of camera installation started last year. “We have a captive optical fiber network of around 400 km. It is our own network. We have not hired it from anyone. It connects all these cameras to the GMDA’s Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), monitored by our Smart City team.


GMDA’s sub­contractor for the project, Vehant Technologies project, Vehant Technologies, a pioneer in artificial intelligence/ machine learning-based security surveillance, has already started the work for installing the 315 RLVD and ANPR cameras at 29 major intersections, including Bakhtawar Chowk, Rezangla Chowk, Mehrauli­Gurgaon Road, Galleria Market, Jharsa Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, HUDA City Center, ABW Tower, Rajiv Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Bristol Chowk, Vatika Chowk, Signature Tower, Hero Honda Chowk, IMT Manesar Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, and Sector 55/56 crossing. The total cost of this project is ₹60 crore.


E-challan generation The system automatically encrypts and transfers the data of violation to the centralized server at Traffic Police headquarters in Sushant Lok­I, besides the GMDA’s ICCC. The system also facilitates e-challan generation along with photo/video evidence which is then sent to the violators’ mobile phone through SMS. The system is capable of 24×7 operations. This solution will have an overview camera to capture the zoomed out picture of an entire area when there has been a red­light violation. The ANPR will read the number plate of the offending vehicle and store it in the database. Anoop G. Prabhu, CTO and co-founder, Vehant Technologies, said these cameras had a special feature to capture images at night and even during bad weather. This will help the city by making roads safer and reducing traffic accidents.





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