Jan 29, 2009

India - Parliament to have 300 hi-tech cameras

NEW DELHI: Surveillance in the Parliament will be upgraded with the installation of 300 hi-tech cameras in the high security zone.

"We are procuring about 300 hi-tech cameras to be installed in the Parliament complex as part of the security upgradation drive," said a senior Lok Sabha secretariat official.

There are currently about 265 cameras installed in the complex.

"These cameras were installed in 1980s. So it was decided to replace them with the latest ones," the official said, adding that more cameras would be installed to meet the present requirement.

Three PSUs involved in installing the cameras had made a presentation on the functioning of the equipment for members of the Parliament committee on security.

Senior officials handling Parliament security were also present at the demonstration which was held this week.

The command and control room set up to monitor the CCTV network is also being upgraded.

Lok Sabha secretary general PDT Achary said, "upgradation of CCTV system is very essential and also urgent. We are trying to upgrade the system as far as possible to meet the security needs of Parliament."

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