Dasara security goes hi-tech

Vigilance in the wake of warning
Last Updated 23 September 2009, 16:56 IST

The State Home Department has made elaborate preparations to meet any kind of possible threat during the mega event. A Bangalore-based company has been entrusted to supply hi-tech gadgets to monitor the event round the clock.

Sources in the Home Department said that the security has been strengthened following a warning by a Central Intelligence team, which visited the City recently, of a possible disturbance during the event on Vijayadashami day.

The Mysore City limits Police Station House Officers have been alerted of a possible mischief and measuresave been taken in this regard.
Sources said 43 high resolution cameras will be keeping a tab along the Dasara procession route, with all the eight checkposts connecting the City being manned by these gadgets.

The cameras which are of international standard have a range of two kms, when the line is clear (without buildings and other opaque obstacles) and are equipped with night vision capability.

Equipped with wireless technology, these cameras can be given 99 distinct assignments and can rotate 360 degree. Boasting of private masking systems (can mask VVIP movement and public places seeking privacy), these fully automatic cameras are weather and tamper proof.

Advanced technology

The cameras are supported by advanced software. Any number of cameras can be incorporated into the software. About 20 cameras, equipped to handle both traffic violation, as well as human violation have already been installed in the City and the information is being analysed in control rooms. Cameras will cover all the roads where the Dasara procession goes through, including the Chamundi hills.

The State tourism department is expecting about 15 lakh tourists to visit Mysore during Dasara. Moreover, the State has also dispatched 4,000 additional police officers, one platoon of Rapid Action Force to prevent any untoward incident.

(Published 23 September 2009, 16:56 IST)

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