KOCHI: Now, over 67 cameras will watch your moves and capture your actions at Ernakulam Junction Railway Station. The Integrated Surveillance System (ISS) installed by the Railways will supplement the existing conventional methods of security.
The station is one of the 95 stations in the country and one of the nine stations in Southern Railway region to have the ISS installed.
The present system includes 67 cameras strategically placed across the station premises, closed-circuit television, three X-ray machines for the screening of luggages and 30 personal screening equipment, including door frames and metal detectors.
A bomb Detection and Disposal System (BDDS) is also in place which will be used under suspicions circumstances. As many as two vehicle scanners which were approved as part of the system are yet to be installed.
“The vehicle scanners will be installed at the earliest. The installation should not affect the smooth flow of traffic. We need to first analyse in what mode we can install them,” said Sunil Bajpai, Divisional Railway Manager.
The system provides for screening of passengers right from the point of entry. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) who monitors the system had already nabbed a thief who ran away after snatching a woman’s bag during the trial functioning of the systems.
Currently, the RPF is also engaged in escorting important mail and express trains, access control at important Railway Stations, prosecution of offenders involved in unauthorized activities in trains/station premises, unauthorised entry into ladies and reserved compartments etc, and prosecution of offenders with stolen railway property. The ISS has been set up at a cost of `3.25 crore.