Coimbatore City Police are planning to have State-of-the-art cameras integrated with the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system software to trap images of vehicles exiting and entering the city at the Chinniyampalayam check post on Avanashi Road in order to bring the city under the vigil of an electronic eye.
City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) T. Senthilkumar are planning to bring in gadgets to ensure a foolproof security system. One such initiative is to have cameras on all the six lanes on Avanashi Road covering both the three lanes of the exit side and entry side of Avanashi Road.
Coimbatore City has eight arterial roads such as Tiruchi Road, Pollachi Road, Palakkad Road, Perur Road (Siruvani Road), Thadagam Road, Mettupalayam Road, Sathyamangalam Road and the project will begin on a pilot basis at the check post on Avanashi Road.
The cost of implementing the project is expected to range from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 5.5 lakh with six cameras for Avanashi Road. Sponsors are expected to chip in to implement the scheme.
Police sources said such an initiative will turn the check post into a modernised one and help in intercepting stolen vehicles and vehicles used by offenders crossing the city limits.
When contacted, B. Karthikeyan of DroidHash Technologies, the implementing agency said the software and cameras were ready and it would function based on the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system. These cameras would trap the image of the number plate of the vehicle entering or exiting the city and send the image to the control room.
Preliminary surveys indicated that the average inflow and exit of vehicles per day on Avanashi Road was close to the 10,000 mark on each side. This was voluminous necessitating an electronic eye and hence the decision to modernise the check post.
Even by conservative estimates, 40 to 45 per cent of the vehicles involved in offences or theft took the Avanashi Road, said police officers who had investigated such cases in the past. Rest of the volume was shared to a considerable extent by Palakkad Road, Pollachi Road and Tiruchi Road and other roads.
The implementing agency has requested for ensuring lane discipline “at least” at the particular point so that the camera angles could be located on that basis. There would be rumble strips or speed-breakers to make the vehicles slow down near the check post.
Precious man-hours and manpower could be saved at check posts which at present are under severe pressure due to manual checking, police said.