A Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) led consortium is set to bag an important project of installing CCTV cameras at all the major traffic junctions in Mumbai. The project worth Rs 10 billion envisaged by the Maharashtra Government will comprise installing of around 6000 CCTV cameras across the city. It will also include setting up of data servers in places like the National Stock Exchange and the Bhabha Atomic Research Center. This will be the first significant internal security deal endowed to a private sector. This pioneering project gained ground after the terrorist attacks on 26/11 in the country’s financial capital.
Approved by state chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad, the state government intends to buy 6000 CCTV cameras so that they can use the present 400 to integrate into the network. The cameras will facilitate pulling together real time videos from the cameras placed at a distance and broadcast video footage. With the help of optical fiber network, a video uplink will be created to the control room that comprises of various workstation PCs that have specialist application software in them.
RIL is among the two shortlisted bidders out of ten who were in the race for the deal. It has emerged as the lowest bidder which has increased it chances of bagging the project. RIL has also affirmed that it will augment its broadband network in order to shore up to the homeland security applications and services.