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Indian City Picks Verint Solutions for ‘Safe City’ Project

Surat City deploys a video surveillance and security command center

The Indian municipality of Surat City—population 4.5 million—has acquired surveillance solutions by Verint Systems Inc., a producer of actionable intelligence products that are being deployed as part of its Safe City Project.
Surat’s City Police Department and its Traffic Education Trust launched the Safe City Project on Jan. 18, 2013 to enhance the safety and security of Surat’s residents, Verint says. That includes deploying a 24×7 video surveillance and security command center.
“There is a need to enhance the safety and security of Surat City based on its large population and concentration of key industries, such as diamond, textile, engineering, and oil and gas,” says Rakesh Asthana, Surat City’s police commissioner. “The Surat Safe City Project is an investment designed to help ensure the safety of our people and bring a greater awareness of security amongst our citizens. This project of the government of Gujarat has been executed successfully as a public partnership by the Surat Police Commissionerate,” along with Surat Traffic Education Trust, Innovative Telecom and Verint as a technology partner, the commissioner says.
The initial phase of the Surat Safe City Project consisted of more than 100 closed circuit television cameras covering all major traffic junctions along with critical entry and exit points in the city.
In subsequent phases, the Surat City Police Department and Surat Traffic Education Trust plan to extend the coverage in the city by integrating the project with the proposed state government surveillance and command center network in Gandhinagar. The city administration plans to increase the number of surveillance locations by the end of the project implementation.
At the heart of the project is the deployment of a state-of-the-art command, control and communications center with a 280 square foot “video wall” that can centrally monitor, aggregate and analyze multiple surveillance feeds in police headquarters to support the proactive physical security management of the city, Verint says. The center includes a city mapping capability that provides reports on physical security and fire alarm and water levels, along with evacuation and disaster recovery plans.
“We are honored to be part of the Surat Safe City Project, which is designed to provide a more secure environment for citizens,” says Manish Shah, Verint’s vice president South East Asia. “Verint solutions help public safety organizations meet a range of modern challenges, from evolving communications media to homeland security concerns, and in doing so, help improve performance and protect people, property and assets,” Shah says.