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Automated scanners soon for vehicles at Central station

Under vehicle scanning system work in progress at Moore Market Complex near Central Railway Station in Chennai on April 17, 2015. Photo: R. Ragu   | Photo Credit: R_Ragu

Manual checking of vehicles would come to an end soon at the Chennai Central Railway Station as the Southern Railway is installing under-vehicle scanning system (UVSS) at its premises. The move is aimed at avoiding unnecessary frisking of passengers.

“As the Central Railway station has too limited a space to carry out an elaborate checking of vehicles , such an automated scanning system would end the waiting period for these vehicles,” said police sources.

The scanner would record under-the-carriage images of vehicles in motion.

It is equipped with a number plate recognition system. UVSS is a part of the Integrated Security System (ISS). Some of the constituent devices of ISS that would be installed are CCTV surveillance cameras, x-ray baggage screening devices, explosives detection devices, vapour-trace detector for vapour sampling and car remote opening tools.

The CCTV surveillance system has 625 IP-based cameras that include recording and playback, storing of video data for 30 days, video analytics like intrusion detection and left-object detection. The x-ray baggage screening devices will have different tunnel sizes for different capacities of luggage.

At present, the Central Railway Station has door frame metal detectors for personnel scanning, hand-held metal detectors and parcel scanners. Explosive detection devices include bomb suites, bomb suppression blanket and bomb basket. “At present, vehicles are being checked manually, creating traffic chaos on the link road connecting the railway station and Poonamallee High Road. Installation of such high-end devices would make things easier for the police as well as for the public,” says S. Raghuram, a commuter from T. Nagar.

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