India to deploy indigenous coastal surveillance system

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 18:02

Bangalore: An indigenously built coastal
surveillance system would be deployed in 46 strategic western
and eastern locations in the country from this November to
check intrusions from sea and counter such threats, officials
said today.

Being developed by the Bangalore-based defence PSU Bharat
Electronics Ltd (BEL), the system includes radars and electro-
optic and meteorological sensors and would be mounted on
light- houses or towers at these locations, company officials
said.

"It will give complete operational picture of the sea up
to 20 km deep into the sea. So, all targets can be brought
into a screen and they can be seen from regional centres,"
BEL`s Director (R&D), I V Sarma told PTI here.

"We will start deploying the stations (at identified
locations) by November or so," he added.

BEL`s Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Kumar Datt
said the system has already been demonstrated at two locations
and the trial phase had been completed.

The company is now awaiting an order -- valued at more
than Rs 500 crore -- from the Indian Coast Guard, which would
maintain the stations with BEL`s technical support.

Under the strategically-important project, officials said
46 locations have been identified along the western and
eastern coasts where stations would be be set up.

The round-the-clock system would enable authorities to
collect "radar and visual output".

"The concept is to look into the sea, and identify
intrusion attempts," Datt said.

BEL sources said a centre would be set up in New Delhi
which would get information gathered by the surveillance
system, while there would also be some regional centres.

The entire software for the coastal surveillance system
has been developed by BEL`s central research laboratory
located in Ghaziabad.

BEL officials said the company is expected to complete
the process of installing the surveillances system by June
next year, after which the second phase would begin to cover
"each inch" of the coast.

So, within three years, India is expected to deploy the
system along the entire coast.

Datt said BEL was in the process of deploying an
intelligent CCTV surveillance system in the Parliament under
a Rs 30 crore order.

BEL officials said this project involved integration of
over 400 cameras on a IP platform with an integrated command
and control centre.

-PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 18:02

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