CITY BASED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
CCTVs have been vogue for quite sometime now, in silos, in business enterprises, malls, transportation hubs, offices, in some manner, has been in place. Does this add up to a City based Video Surveillance System is the question. Whether as a preventive mechanism or as an investigative tool, potent enough to make a difference, case after case, has it been able to make a difference? Has it added up to providing a higher sense of security?
Video surveillance is certainly an integral part of the safe city concept, under the overall gamut of a smart city. Are the systems in itself intelligent enough to provide the precise information & also a deterrence by way of being all pervasive & competent enough to raise the confidence levels of law enforcement agencies, in conducting their day to day tasks. We still don’t have the standards in place and hence the consequent uniformity & value add certification is missing. Video audit and overall cyber security audit is conspicuous by its absence.
Might be but for a rare exception, no city has been able to reach what we call as the Critical Mass. Deployment of a few hundred cameras, at best a thousand, is not going to make a perceptible difference. At the city level large number locations with known threat perception & locations with huge footfalls, are already having CCTV networks. These should be connected on a already available optic fibre to a city based video command center, based on agreed access and privileges. A MOU will provide the legal status. These would add up to 60 – 70% of the locations required for city based surveillance. The critical mass is ready. Scalability would then be a smooth exercise.
A serious exercise is yet to begin. Structured crowd sourcing can be the filler. Backend softwares and integration would provide the necessary teeth. Video analytics would be the real value add.
STANDARDISED CITY BASED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR.