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Somatirtha Purohit

RailTel, a Mini Ratna central government PSU under Ministry of Railways, is all set to implement Video Surveillance System (VSS) project (CCTV Cameras Network) under Nirbhaya Fund at 756 Railway Stations with an aim to strengthen the security system at Railway Station premises. 

It includes 15 stations from ECoR jurisdiction. Executing the job through agency has also been finalised.

First phase of the project will cover major stations of category A1, A, B,C numbering 756 (the list of stations is attached) and is likely to be completed by January 2023. 

The remaining stations will be covered in phase-2 of implementation. Safety and security of passengers is one of the key focus areas of Ministry of Railways.

In order to enhance security at railway stations which are major hubs of transportation, Indian Railways is in the process of installing Internet Protocol (IP) based Video Surveillance System (VSS) at stations, that is, waiting halls, reservation counters, parking areas, main entrance/ exit, platforms, foot over bridges, booking offices etc. 

Ministry of Railways has approved works for provision of Video Surveillance System over Indian Railways major stations under Nirbhaya funds.

Union Railway Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw said, "We need to rapidly absorb new technology in Railways, be it for rolling stock, construction, safety, cyber security, or in situations where there is a human interface”.

RailTel Chairman & Managing Director Aruna Singh assured that with the finalization of the executing agencies, the implementation of the project would be fast-tracked. The most modern software & hardware will be used in this project. 

4 types of IP cameras (dome type, bullet types, pan tilt zoom type and Ultra HD- 4k) are being installed to ensure maximum coverage of the Railway premises.  

For effective operations and management of IT Operations, an industry standard Enterprise Management System (EMS) has been provisioned for monitoring of VSS Equipment. 

Some of the critical aspects of EMS are as follows:

  • Centralized and Integrated Dashboard View
  • Centralized and customizable service level reporting
  • Server/workstation change, provisioning & configuration
  • Network automation
  • Service management (helpdesk) & SLA management
  • Centralized IT Asset Inventory discovery & tracking
  • Server/Workstation Monitoring
  • Network Fault & Performance Management
  • Penalty Monitoring and Management

Angul, Bhadrak, Brahmapur, Dhenkanal, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Khurda Road, Balangir, Sambalpur, Titlagarh JN., Koraput, Rayagada, Palasa, Jagdalpur, Srikakulam Road and Vizianagaram Stations in ECoR jurisdiction will have Video Surveillance System (VSS) under Nirbhaya Fund.

Indian Railways is on the job to transform railway stations into digital hub by providing public Wi-Fi at railway stations across the country and 6100+ stations are live with RailTel’s RailWire Wi-Fi.

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