City surveillance on trial basis in Panjim as part of the Smart City Mission


Panjim is going through various processes to become one of India’s Smart Cities under the central government’s Smart City Mission. As a Smart City, Panjim should see a lot of improvements in the infrastructure of the state capital. These would include integration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, air quality sensors, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, emergency management systems and security systems. The intelligent city management system is also likely to allow people to pre-book parking slots in Panjim city. City surveillance by HD cameras will also be a part of the new system.

City surveillance on a trial basis in Panjim

The deadline for Panjim to become a Smart City is February 2019. Work has now begun, keeping this deadline in mind. The government has put out bids for tenders to finalize the vendor to operate Goa Intelligent City Management System (GICMS) under the Smart City Mission. Therefore, for the next 7 days, HD cameras and speed traps have been installed at 4 locations in the heart of Panjim to handle surveillance on a trial basis.

Four companies, BSNL, Honeywell, L&T, and NEC, have put in their bids for the city surveillance trial. They have placed traffic signals and 5-6 HD cameras at the mentioned junctions along 18th June Road. These are the Church Square, Titan showroom, Old Education building, and HDFC Bank junction.

CCTV surveillance on trial basis at the Old Education Department building along 18th June Road in Panjim.

How the surveillance system works

Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri, the CEO of The Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) said that the four companies are required to conceptualize a full system. This should include a surveillance system along with a command and control center. The demo process is part of a technical evaluation of bidders who will be evaluated by the steering committee. They will then be given independent scores based on performance.

“The steering committee will meet again to give an overall technical score to whoever qualifies, then the financial bid will be opened latest by early June and the work order will be given to the lowest bidder,” he added.

Once the bid has been won, the qualified company will have to oversee the maintenance of  GICMS-related equipment for five years. 50 percent of the cost will be paid after installation and the commission and remaining 50 percent will be paid in five years.

Information credit – The Navhind Times