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Junctions to have advanced signals

Existing traffic signals are set for a change at various crossings in Bhubaneswar. Pictures by Sanjib Mukherjee

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 5: Traffic posts in the city will shortly have advanced video surveillance enabled signalling system to ensure smooth vehicular movement and round-the-clock monitoring at 43 junctions.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, along with city police, will set up this facility in collaboration with a private company. The municipal corporation has called for an expression of interest in this regard from companies interested to carry out the work and operate the system for seven years on build- operate-transfer basis.

Municipal commissioner Sanjib Mishra said it was an attempt of both the corporation and the city police to develop and maintain traffic signals through private-public partnership, besides installing video surveillance system at all these junctions.

“This monitoring system will be installed at 43 junctions and median cuts in various parts of the city. The private company will install all the lights and upgrade the existing ones. The video surveillance system with high-powered pan-tilt-zoom Internet protocol cameras, along with fixed cameras, will be installed at these traffic squares. The company will set up control rooms at the police commissioner’s office and it would be monitored by the traffic wing of the police,” said Mishra.

A rapidly-rising number of vehicles and high number of accidents has caused headache for the police as well as the civic body. Sources said that the number of two-wheelers comprised around 77 per cent of the total vehicular population in the city. There are approximately 3.07 lakh vehicles in the city with an annual increase of 7.5 per cent throughout the last five years.

The police officials pointed to the mix of fast and slow traffic, lack of efficient traffic management measures and encroachments on roads as the reasons for rising number of accidents.

“We had given the corporation the list of traffic squares and median cuts where the signals would be put up and the video surveillance system would be installed. This will help us in tracking vehicles involved in accidents or rash driving. The signals will be operated from one central control room and the surveillance system will also be checked from that room by our traffic police officers,” said police commissioner R.P. Sharma.

He added that this would help reduce the number of accidents and rash riving on the streets as well as keep track on movement of criminals who try to flee after crimes.

Sources said that the pan-tilt-zoom and fixed Internet protocol cameras would be installed that would click photos and send those directly to the control room server where these photos can be preserved for 60 days. There would be 20 LED screen of 40 inch where live footages will be checked round-the-clock by traffic police officials and private company.

A senior officer of the corporation said the company assigned the task would maintain the system for seven years initially and there would be a provision for extension of its time period for up to 21 years if the performance was found satisfactory.

KEY FEATURES

Signal lights or blinkers will have modern facilities such as LED, count down timers, pedestrian signals and underground cabling

Provision for addition of active service network modem and other modern equipment

Provision for control room facility with 20 LCD screens of 40 inches each, control consoles, four hour UPS back up, necessary air conditioning and connectivity to e-challan room for data transfer

THE CAMERA

Each junction must have PTZ IP cameras of 5megapixel and 36X optical zoom along with a fixed IP camera of 5mega pixel on per arm of the junction

All cameras must record video simultaneously and be available for at least 60 days

WHAT’S ON THE RADAR

A list of functions that the intelligent software of the video surveillance system will carry out at all junctions:

Detection and reporting of red light and speed violation

Vehicle detection, classification and reporting system

Vehicle tailgating and alarm system

Face recognition and crowd management system