Bhavnagar City in India monitors 155 cameras from a central control room using Genetec™ Security Center. With the new security solution, the police have a birds-eye-view of the city’s roadways, attractions, entry points, transportation hubs, and other important sites.
No matter a city’s size, residents want their every day to go smoothly. The same is true for visitors who move about communities for business or pleasure. That’s why the police force in Bhavnagar, India, use intelligent surveillance to keep an eye on happenings in the city. From petty theft to more serious offenses, officers can quickly respond and handle any situation. That way regardless if it’s a big religious celebration that draws thousands of visitors or just another bustling day, they ensure everything proceeds smoothly.
As the Bhavnagar City grew, so did its traffic congestion and crime rates. The city also faced challenges protecting the hundreds of thousands of people who partook in an annual festival called Jagannath Rath Yatra. While over 4,000 on-foot officers secured the event, spotting incidents in the crowded streets was difficult. Mr. Dipankar Trivedi, Superintendent of Police in Bhavnagar, knew his police force could become more efficient with the right tools. That’s when the search began for video surveillance technology.
“With Security Center, we can now effectively monitor traffic and assist in police investigations. There's been a 20-25 percent drop in the number of crimes in our city.”
Mr. Dipankar Trivedi, Superintendent of Police in Bhavnagar, Bhavnagar City
In Bhavnagar city, police officers now monitor 155 cameras from a central control room thanks to Security Center. Working with eSec Security Consultants Pvt. Ltd., the Bhavnagar City chose Security Center because it allows them to adapt and grow their system over time. With bird’s-eye-view visibility, police officers can spot incidents, pull up video from a city map, and respond much quicker than they could before.
At the last annual Jagannath Rath Yatra, officers in the control room, Netra, collaborated closely with those on ground. “People are experiencing a greater sense of security and feeling more confident than ever before. The number of small crimes, like chain or bag snatching and small thefts, has gone down to zero. The surveillance system has proven to be a strong deterrence to criminal offenders and miscreants,” said Mr. Dipankar Trivedi.
Easy city map navigation
Operators monitor cameras using Plan Manager, the map interface of Security Center. At any time, they can input a street name or go to an area on the map to pull up or playback video.
Mobile viewing and recording
Officers can use tablets to record video in the field when camera views were unable to capture the situation. The video streams back to the command center via the Security Center Mobile App.
Roadway safety enhancements
Officers identify safety concerns or accidents on roadways too. They can take a video snapshot of traffic violations and send the vehicle owner an infraction with the evidence.
Phased security expansion
The flexibility of Security Center made things easier. The police had time to secure funding from private and public organizations, and eventually expand coverage across the entire city.