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Kolkata: AI-integrated cameras to keep vigil on Eco Park lake

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The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will soon introduce artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance safety measures to prevent accidents at the main Eco Park lake that covers 112 acres. The move comes in the wake of an accident last month when a four year old accidentally drowned in one of the water bodies inside Eco Park.

The authorities have been working for the past few months to integrate artificial intelligence with the CCTV system in the park. The system will instantly alert those in the control room about any person who ventures close to the water body. “Experts are conducting the necessary trials and tests before the system can be introduced,” said a Hidco official.

Explaining how the system will work, officials said all the CCTV cameras keeping watch on the lake will be geo-tagged with artificial intelligence. “Officials in the control room will get instant alerts and live video as soon any human crossing the nylon rope fence and ventures too close to the main lake. The life guards and disaster management team that keep an eye on the lake will then be immediately alerted,” an official said.

There are 135 CCTV cameras surrounding the main lake and the authorities are in the process of setting up more such cameras inside the park. “Once introduced for the main lake, the system will be extended to all the other water bodies inside Eco Park in phases,” the official added.

Since November 19, Hidco has suspended boats and water rides in Eco Park to conduct emergency repairs and maintenance work.

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), on their part, has already started using artificial intelligence and video analytics to detect bad roads in the township. “The initial results are quite satisfactory and plans are on to use the technology in a widespread manner across New Town, specially for detecting potholes in the inner lanes,” said an official.


Source: Times of India

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