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Railtel finalizes agencies to start Video Surveillance System work at 756 stations


Railtel finalizes agencies to execute Video Surveillance System work

New Delhi: By selecting the firms to carry out the work, RailTel, a Mini Ratna Central Government PSU under the Ministry of Railways, has made a significant advancement in the Video Surveillance System (VSS) project (CCTV cameras network) under the Nirbhaya Fund at Railway Stations. 
The project’s initial phase, which will include 756 significant stations in categories A1, A, B, and C (a list of stations is attached), is anticipated to be finished by the beginning of 2023. The remaining stations will be a part of phase 2 of implementation. 
One of the Ministry of Railways’ main areas of attention is passenger safety and security. Indian Railways is in the process of installing an Internet Protocol (IP) based Video Surveillance System (VSS) at stations, including waiting areas, reservation counters, parking areas, the main entrance/exit, platforms, footbridges, ticket booths, etc. to increase security at train stations, which are significant transit centres.  


The provision of a video surveillance system over Indian Railways’ key stations has been approved by the Ministry of Railways using Nirbhaya money.

“We need to rapidly absorb new technology in the railways, whether it be for rolling stock, construction, safety, cyber security, or in situations where there is a human interface,” said Sh. Ashwani Vaishnaw, the Hon’ble Minister for Railways. With the selection of the executing agencies, Smt. Aruna Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, RailTel, promised that the project’s implementation would proceed quickly. In this project, the most cutting-edge technology & software will be used. 
An IP-based network of CCTV cameras will be part of this VSS system. These CCTVs are connected by optical fibre cable, and the video feed from the cameras will be shown at divisional and zonal level CCTV control rooms in addition to local RPF posts. 
To guarantee increased safety and security at railroad facilities, the CCTV cameras and video feeds of the stations will be watched at these three levels. 
The system includes video analytics software and facial recognition software with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that can identify known criminals and inform authorities when they reach station grounds. Authorized staff can access the Network Management System (NMS) for monitoring of Cameras, Servers, UPSs, and Switches from any web browser.