-By Ashutosh Shukla

Five high security jails go hi-tech 

Prisons in UP equipped with panic alarm system, night vision binoculars, lighting protection system

Lucknow: To maintain strict vigil on dreaded criminals and mafias in jails of Uttar Pradesh, CCTVs installed in the prisons have been equipped with Artificial Intelligence System. Besides, dual view scanner baggage, full human body warn scanner, contactless glasses for meeting rooms and many devices equipped with new technology have been installed in five high security jails of the state.  

The devices have been upgraded with new technology at the instructions of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who released the budget for the same conceding the proposal 
of the Prison Administration and Reforms Department

Official sources said here on Monday that so far, 145 video conferencing halls have been set up, which include 72 prisons and 73 district courts, to conduct 100 percent remand of undertrials detained in state prisons through video conferencing. 

With this, five dual view scanner baggage, five full human body worn Zscanner, 130 contact less glasses for meeting rooms, 5 panic alarms systems, 15 Night Vision Binoculars and 5 Lighting Protection System ESE units have been set up in five high security jails of the state namely District Jail Lucknow, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot, Gautam Budh Nagar and Central Jail Bareilly-II respectively.  

Getting alerts from AI

The sources said that CCTV surveillance units are being set up in a phased manner to further enhance the security system of prisons.  Along with this, at least 30 cameras have been installed in each prison, marking sensitive places in the prisons. At present, more than 3600 CCTV cameras have been installed in all the jails of the state.  Not only this, the work of increasing the number of these cameras, restoration of cameras and arrangement of servers including storage in 30 prisons has been completed.  

After receiving the feed of the CCTV cameras installed in the prisons of the state, a command center has been set up for high-level monitoring at the headquarters, due to which the live feed of the cameras installed in the prisons is being received in the video wall.  So far, more than 1200 cameras have been integrated in it, which get alerts through Artificial Intelligence (AI).

A letter has been written to the government seeking financial sanction for body-worn cameras in ten jails of the state, including Naini, Fatehgarh, Agra, Varanasi and district jails Meerut, Bulandshahr, Hardoi, Firozabad, Saharanpur and Agra, informed the source. Similarly, lighting protection system has been sought in 20 prisons including Central Jail Naini and Fatehgarh, Bareilly, Agra, Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar, Kanpur Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Varanasi, Aligarh, Sitapur, Firozabad, Kheri, Moradabad, Kanpur Dehat, Jhansi Shahjahanpur and Barabanki jails. On the other hand, the security system has been strengthened in 20 prisons, including District Jail Rampur, Rae Bareli, Baghpat, Kheri, Mathura, Deoria, Jhansi, Fatehpur, Pilibhit, Fatehgarh, Bijnor, Mainupari, Gonda, Bahraich, Etah, Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Badaun, Saharanpur and Kaushambi.