March 27, 2017

Drone cameras for surveillance at Attukal Pongala in Thiruvananthapuram

Drone cameras for surveillance at Attukal Pongala in Thiruvananthapuram

Adding reinforcement to the security surveillance system during the Attukal Pongala festival, for the first time ever, the police will be using two drone cameras.

The surveillance system, including drone cameras, were inaugurated by state police chief Loknath Behera on Thursday.

According to deputy commissioner of police Arul B Krishna, the drone cameras will be used to monitor the activities at mainly three regions, Attukal temple, Fort and Thampanoor. Of the two drone cameras, one is owned by the department and the other hired from professionals. They will be used to get an eagle’s eye view of the crowd and the vehicular traffic and manage them accordingly. The video input from the cameras would be linked to the special control rooms set up at Thampanoor, Fort and Attukal.

Besides the drones, the police have reinforced the surveillance camera network existing in the city with more cameras hired from professionals. Over sixty cameras would be used around Attukal temple alone. This will include both fixed cameras as well as moving cameras handled by cameramen.

The police have made vast arrangements to ensure safety of devotees during Pongala offering. As many as 3,100 personnel will be deployed in the city in this regard. Among them, 1,600 will be woman police personnel. This also include 34 new woman commando recruits with advanced weaponry. The commandos will be deployed in and around the temple. In addition to this, there is a squad of Pink Volunteers, recruited as special officers to assist the cops in crowd management.
 
Door Frame Metal Detectors (DFMD) and Hand Held Metal Detectors (HHMD) will be used at key locations. The service of sniffer dogs and bomb detection and disposal squad are also made available. The police have informed that there will be traffic regulations on city roads on Friday from 2pm onwards
 
For assistance contact: Police Control Room – 100, Crime Stopper – 1090, Women’s Helpline – 1091 and 9995399953, Pink Police – 1515, Attukal Helpline – 7559099100, Traffic – 1099, 9497987001, 9497987002, 0471-2558731 and 0471-2558732.

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