Come January and East Coast Railway (ECoR) will have installed Integrated Security System (ISS), a comprehensive multi-screening and surveillance of passengers, at four of its major stations.
The Indian Railways has already commissioned ISS across 51 stations in the country.
Under ECoR, the Integrated Security System will be installed at Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack and Visakhapatnam.
A multi-layered system, it uses a combination of internet-protocol based video surveillance, access control, personal and baggage screening as well as explosive detection and disposal practices.
Installation of Integrated Security System at the four stations has been estimated at ` 1.89 crore and all the devices will be of latest technology since there will be uniformity in the standard across the stations, Railway Board sources said.
With railway stations emerging as terror targets, the Integrated Security System will have an explosive detection and disposal system which comprises bomb basket, bomb suits and other tools including gas cutters, thermal cutters and water cannons.
Advanced vehicle scanner system with boom barriers along with number plate recognition will be a major highlight of ISS while efforts are also being made to put in place a system wherein image of drivers can be captured.
For personal and baggage screening, door-frame metal detectors as well as the hand-held detectors and the high-screening x-ray baggage scanners will be installed at the stations.
Similarly, high-resolution colour cameras with day and night vision will be placed for monitoring movement on platforms as well as other circulating areas of the railway stations.
“Tenders have been invited for all the works and sites have been identified in all the four locations. Preliminary civil and electrical engineering works necessary for the installation of equipment are in advanced stage,” the Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway JP Mishra informed.
The installations will not necessitate any major construction work and no change in structure of the stations is planned under the Integrated Security System project.
The entire installation of various components will be dovetailed to be in sync with the existing structures.
While the installation work is targeted to be completed by December-end, the system will be put to trial for about two months.
Since the system is high-end with use of latest technology, the Railways plans to give special emphasis to proper installation, system integration and maintenance.
“We will ensure that our personnel are adequately trained for effective use of these equipment. We will also ensure that maintenance contract from the supplier is in place for the system to run smoothly,” Mishra added.
* Advanced vehicle scanner system with boom barriers along with number plate recognition will be a major highlight of ISS
* For personal and baggage screening, door-frame metal detectors as well as hand-held detectors and high-screening x-ray baggage scanners will be installed
* High-resolution colour cameras with day and night vision will be placed for monitoring movement on platforms