Aerial surveillance systems inducted for Tamil meet

Coimbatore: Aerial surveillance systems in the form of a camera fitted in a balloon and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with camera were inducted, and a trial was held, near the CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex, venue of the World Classical Tamil Conference from June 23 to 27, on Saturday.

The trial was carried out in the presence of Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) K. Radhakrishnan, Inspector-General of Police (Intelligence) M.S. Jaffer Sait, City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu, Inspector-General of Police – West Zone P. Sivanandi, DIG of Police P. Thamaraikannan and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) A.S. Nandakumar.

The balloon, which can go up to 1,000 ft, is fitted with a day and night surveillance camera and can capture images even at a 360 degree angle and maintain surveillance of three to four km.

Similarly, the UAV weighing 2.5 kg operated using battery and remote, which can maintain surveillance up to a radius of 15 km, will form part of the aerial surveillance systems.

These gadgets have been sourced from Arora, a Bangalore-based firm. This is the first time that such sophisticated surveillance systems are being adopted in Tamil Nadu, police officers said.

Trial run

Talking to reporters, Mr. Radhakrishnan said that all security arrangements were in place for the conference. A security rehearsal would be carried out on June 19 to identify areas for improvement, including traffic management.

Earlier in the day, the City Police Commissioner held a meeting with eight DIGs, 33 SPs, 30 ADSPs and 87 DSPs from other districts, who will be involved in security arrangements. In the evening, Mr. Radhakrishnan had a meeting with all officers in the rank of SP and above and explained to them the nature of work involved, the bandobust plan, crowd control and traffic management systems planned during the conference.

The officers were also briefed on guiding travellers to the airport on June 23 via Tiruchi Road when the procession of floats will wind its way from VOC Park to CODISSIA.

Source : The Hindu

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