In light of persisting terror threats, Integrated Security System (ISS) is being installed at several railway stations to detect the suspected terrorists and identify the unattended luggage from the railway premises as well as the train coaches.
In an interview with IANS, Arun Kumar, Director General of RPF said, "Other than the deployment of the RPF and the RPSF (Railway Protection Security Force) we have launched a commando batallion known as CORAS commando."
Kumar said that the RPF is now harnessing technology in a big way as far as railway safety is concerned.
"Under the ISS, we have installed number of CCTV cameras at number of places, in train coaches, railway stations and we are going to analyse the feed from the CCTV cameras, using this artificial intelligence. This will provide us important feedback for the safety of the railway premises," he said.
A pilot project had also been launched in Bengaluru to test face detection technology, and the same had now been introduced in Delhi as well, he added. The camera alerts the control room when a person is spotted by CCTV cameras whose face matches known terror suspects from police sketches and photographs.
The RPF Director General said that the system has been installed at over 202 stations including New Delhi railway station.
The artificial intelligence being utilised by the RPF can also alert personnel about the presence of unattended baggage on platforms and railway premises. Kumar said that soon a biometric reading system will be introduced across train stations which will identify at which station a passenger boarded a particular train.
(With inputs from IANS)