The Surveillance Scenario at NITR
Tanya Gupta | Jun 25, 2018
The Surveillance Control Room, recently established adjacent to the Alumni Room, was inaugurated on the 8th of this month, marking a major milestone in the technological fortification of our institution. Scheduled to begin at 9, the event was delayed by half an hour and commenced with the unveiling of the plaque and the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon by our honored Director, Prof. Animesh Biswas.
Over the past year, the installment of CCTV cameras at various locations on the campus premises has been observed. In the first phase 31 cameras were installed, and this number was then increased to 41. The areas being covered include the LA lawns, the library entrances, the BBA foyer, Institute gates and almost all the hostel entrances. This has led to satisfying two objectives:
First-the security is much tighter, Second- depending upon both technology and manpower has proven to be more effective. Quoting Dr. Pankaj Kumar Sa, CSE department:
The genesis of this project goes to a much deeper level than just increase in security. It also addresses the expenditure incurred. Ours is an educational institute and we must spend more on educational quests than on security. But at the same time, security is something that we cannot overlook. We aimed to figure out a technological solution to tackle this issue. So we went for a capital expenditure, a one-time expenditure, on something like this, to cover the vital and strategic points, thus ensuring the effectual reduction in manpower expenditure.
The Surveillance Control Room has been established to attentively monitor the feeds of these cameras. With the storage capacity of 32 TB in rate configuration amounting to an effective storage of 15 TB, video feeds for an entire month can be stored and accessed. Presently, 28 out of the 41 cameras are functional. At the initial stage, the vital installments and the gates at the periphery were being covered, but all these locations did not have the proper network infrastructure. The network laid down is that of wired communication with optical fiber and all the installations are IP based. There were other mechanisms which were not preferred, as it would be too redundant and the management would be difficult over such a huge area. The foundation for the surveillance system has been satisfactorily laid down, and up to 256 cameras can be catered to in this system.
Some of the important areas in the campus, however, owing to the lack of the required network infrastructure, are still not under the surveillance system. The area extending from the Ceramic Engineering department to the swimming pool, to the C. V. Raman hostel, is yet to be covered. The process to develop both the network and surveillance infrastructure is ongoing, with plans to increase the number of cameras around the campus in near future. The work is still in progress and time is required for the surveillance infrastructure is to be made more robust.
The Chief Security Officer, Suman Dutta, states,
NIT Rourkela has an international reputation as an institute and we are very much conscious about the security. The installment of the CCTV cameras around the campus has been a very significant step. We can now easily keep an eye out for the miscreants, be it an outsider or someone from inside the campus. The addition of cameras around the campus has been vital in advancing the security.