When thinking of updating the security systems in different zones, the biggest concern of Indian Railway was the platform security. They wanted to have measures to tighten security, improve the crowd management, apply central monitoring and identify persons and activities. They needed to have an integrated security and surveillance system in every zone and an intelligent system overall.
An independent body, RDSO (Research, Design & Standards Organisation), acts as the Product Approving Authority. It formed the technical specifications which included several items, such as:
• The software shall be an open architecture-based solution, highly scalable enterprise level software with end user friendly (unrestricted) licensing policy.
• The software should allow time-synchronised playback of different cameras together in the same video pane.
• Integration with other security equipment like X-ray baggage scanner, under vehicle scanner etc.
• Video analytics like intrusion detection, left object detection, overcrowding and camera tampering.
In addition to the RDSO technical specification, Mumbai’s Central Railway Station set more demands for the project, for example, the following special feature requirements:
• The software must support audio analytics to provide alarm with pop-up of live video and audio stream in the control room on sound of breaking glass or gunshot.
• Identify and locate various resources like cameras, specialised units and sensors around the station areas on 2D / 3D GIS map.
• Incidents management, including preliminary planning and plan activation to respond to any event and identify all the activities required to resolve the incident.
Mirasys was chosen as the best platform for the task. The company highlighted some of the best points that won the deal for Mirasys:
• The general user interface of Mirasys system is easy to use.
• The solution is flexible – Mirasys is willing to customise according to the client’s needs.
• Mirasys’ open platform and easy integration handling meet the needs of many integrations.
To date, the Mirasys solution is in four major zones out of eight. On Pan-India level, Mirasys has helped to procure 29 main junction stations out of 75. Over 4000 VMS and 1400 VCA channels are in use now and the number is increasing. RPF and railway authority use Mirasys system for day-to-day monitoring.
The solution also includes centralised command and control rooms for monitoring and running the operations. The use of advanced analytics helps to reduce criminal incidents. Mirasys’ automated intelligent solution has acted as a deterrent and has already proved to be useful for the railway authorities.
Indian Railway introduced its first rail link in 1853 from central Mumbai to Thane. Today. Indian Railway has impressive numbers to present:
• One of the world’s largest railway networks, comprising 115 000 km.
• Over 8000 stations.
• Over 30 million passengers daily.
• World’s 4th largest employer, with more than 1 million employees.
• 17 railway zones in India such as central, eastern, north western and southern.
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