Kolkata CCTV camera focus now on lanes, bylanes

A bulk of the 5,000 new CCTV cameras that will be procured by Kolkata Police under the second phase of the Nirbhaya project will be installed in the lanes and bylanes of the city where electronic surveillance coverage is poor. Most of the major streets in the city are already covered by CCTV.

While traffic police will be the main implementing agency, local police stations will assess the locations that are considered ‘vulnerable’ and require coverage.

“We have fixed a criterion of selecting the point where CCTV cameras will be installed. Old or damaged cameras cannot be replaced by these. Points of installation should have sizable movement of people. Areas around educational institutes and other public spots must be given priority and crime prone zones marked. Cops must ensure that these cameras cover those localities that lie in border zones with other districts and divisions,” said an officer who attended a meeting to earmark spots.

The city has around 27000 odd CCTV cameras, the city police alone commanding over 3500 of them directly.

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport gets advanced e-gate system
In order to develop a technologically advanced ecosystem that will offer a seamless, consistent and paperless service experience, the International Airport here has introduced the advanced e-gate system to facilitate the journey of passengers.

After checking in, passengers can enter the Security Holding Area (SHA) by scanning their boarding pass at the e-gates, the Airport authority has said. “Six e-gates with QR code scanners have been installed in the pre-security hold area of the airport’s domestic and international terminals.

Earlier, the officials used to directly check the boarding pass and admit the passengers,” the airport authority said in a release. With the introduction of e-Gate, passengers will be able to speed up the check-in process and avoid long queues during peak hours, it said.
E-gates will help airlines easily locate passengers within the terminal and improve airport security, it added.

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