5 firms bid for Cidco’s CCTV project

Cidco officials said they have received a good response for their CCTV surveillance project in Navi Mumbai, with as many as five companies participating in the pre-qualification round. Firms such as L&T, Wipro and Himachal Futuristic Communication (HFCL), among others, have indicated their interest in the project.

“The contract is likely to be awarded by March as soon as the evaluation process is over,” said Cidco Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) Pradnya Sarvade. The firm that is awarded the contract, will install 574 cameras in 293 locations in areas under Cidco jurisdiction such as Kharghar, Kalamboli, New Panvel, Kamothe, Ulwe and Dronagiri, among others.

The CCTV surveillance system will have several innovative features including the emergency call box system at 10 locations, number plate recognition cameras and messaging boards. While the emergency call box system will enable citizens to seek the help of cops at the press of a button, the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) devices will help traffic cops monitor violations. These devices will recognize and record the number plates of vehicles zooming at high speed. The messaging boards will flash weather conditions, traffic updates, location and availability of parking slots, besides reporting on any mishaps such as fire, gas or chemical leaks in the vicinity. More importantly, the CCTV camera network will be connected and integrated with the police control room and a feed will be provided to Cidco as well.

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