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Updated: September 14, 2010 18:58 IST

Now, backpack video surveillance

Marri Ramu
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Wearing a backpack like a college student, the policeman will go on a bike to a Ganesh pandal and aims a video camera at it. His superior at a far away place examines the video live through wireless Internet on his laptop -even while on the move- and reviews the security measures.

Welcome to the new backpack mobile video transmission system being tried by Hyderabad police to monitor Ganesh festivities. With lakhs of devotees thronging thousands of Ganesh pandals in every nook and corner of the State capital, police top brass always found it difficult to know what was happening at the spot.

The new system developed by a tech-savvy Hyderabadi businessman, Siddamshetty Rajanikanth, has become a handy solution for them. It has no complex technology, expensive spare parts and recurring expenditure, he says. Thirty-one-year-old Rajanikanth of Aryacomnet is into the business of security gadgets and conceived the plan recently.

An IP 66 standard video camera is connected to an encoder which has the software to compress high resolution videos. This is linked to a router with 3G modem through which the live video in compressed form is beamed to a server. A URL is created for the end user - here the police officer wanting to see the video. He would log into the website from his laptop with a specific username and login password and see the live visuals.

“Advantage of the system is all -camera, encoder, router and modem- can be put in a backpack. It doesn't require direct power. A battery which too can fit in the bag makes things further easier,” Rajanikanth says. Even a single policeman with the backpack can go around on a bike, shoot visuals and his superiors can see the same live from anywhere in the city.

The live visuals can be seen on a mobile phone with 3G facility and windows as well. The camera has night vision facility making it possible to see images even if it is pitch dark. Police officials tested it during the rains and no complications have cropped up.

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