Indore: For the first time, the Election Commission of India ( ECI) will introduce a double layered information system for highly sensitive polling booths of the Indore district. During the elections, these sensitive booths will be kept under the scanner of IP- based cameras, which will report about any untoward situation immediately.
This step will curb antisocial activities in communal sensitivity areas of the district. Over 125 highly sensitive booths have been identified for web casting. The EC officials said that a few areas of Indore and Ujjain divisions are communally sensitive and in order to get quick information about these booths and prompt preventive measures, the District Election Office ( DEO) has decided to introduce Webcasting of such polling booths, through which the Chief Election Officer and the ECI itself could monitor the situation.
Sources said that IP- based cameras would be installed in 126 highly sensitive polling booths. These cameras are of very high resolution and equipped with selfrecording facility. They can run through 512KBPS speed of network.
A grid of all the 126 cameras will be prepared, which will be directly connected to control room, which will be installed in Nehru Stadium. Teams in the control room will closely monitor the activities taking place at these booths. In case of any eventuality, the team will directly report to the Returning Officer of the concerned Assembly constituency.
Sources said that webcasting is an additional measure, besides the traditional system of giving information by the presiding officer. In case, a presiding officer could not give information in time, in such a scenario, the response team itself starts the action. Even the officials of CEO Bhopal and ECI, New Delhi can also monitor the situation through browsing there.
As per the rules of the ECI, only polling party and two agents can present inside a booth, hence in such a situation no camera handler or IT expert can present there. That’s why, it has been decided to install IP- based cameras in such sensitive booths. These cameras are of high standard and their picture and sound qualities are very good. These cameras would send live pictures of the polling booths through the broadband Internet.
The DEO started preparations for webcasting. Deputy District Election Officer Sharad Shotriya told Free Press that 126 highly sensitive booths in 9 Assembly constituencies of Indore district have been identified for the webcasting.
The number of such booths may be reviewed. We will hire the cameras and TV sets, for which the tenders were floated. On the other hand, GM of BSNL GC Pandey said: “ We received request from the DEO for providing broadband facility at such polling booths. We are in the process of doing so.” Cameras will give the live report of booths through Webcasting The State of affairs of such booths can be monitored at control room as well as at CEO’s office in Bhopal and ECI, New Delhi.
Tenders for the cameras, control panel floated.