The Lingaraja temple is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Shiva. It represents the Kalinga architecture, a culmination of the medieval stages of architectural tradition in Bhubaneswar. At 55m tall and spread over an expansive 250000 sq. feet, it is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The temple complex has 50 shrines and is enclosed by a large compound wall.
Maintained by the Temple Trust Board and the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), the temple sees about 2000 visitors per day, on an average. During festivals, such as Shivratri, one of the major festivals celebrated in India, this number can run into lakhs.
Due to the huge visitor footfall, the temple management often faces challenges in tracking and managing crowds effectively, more so during festive times. Lack of adequate security makes the temple and visitors vulnerable to theft, pickpocketing, unauthorized loitering and unnecessary chaos. While the temple had delegated personnel to keep a watch on the premises, manning the expansive property proved to be time consuming and inefficient.
Besides, during festive times such as Rath Yatra, Shivratri, etc., when the footfalls increase manifold, manning the premise and managing the crowd was impossible. The security of the temple property and its visitors and their belongings was a pressing concern for the temple administration. They needed a solution that would help them manage the large footfall volume as well as ensure security.
Having secured various heritage sites before, much to the satisfaction of its clients, the temple administration approached CP PLUS for a solution. They expressed their concerns and the need for a simple solution that will help them manage security and its visitors in the best possible manner.
CP PLUS solution design experts got to it right away; however, the project was tricky. Heritage structures such as these are mostly centuries old, tampering with which can prove to be risky. Too much of drilling can cause damages that would then entail high repair costs. Further, The Lingaraja Temple was built of laterite, a rock stone, which meant special equipment would be required for installing cameras. The team also had to take into consideration the user interface which needed to be simple so that the temple administration could easily operate and manage it.
The premise was carefully screened by our security experts to determine the best locations where cameras could be installed to monitor the maximum area with the best footage quality. The choice of cameras and recorders required careful evaluation, especially the ones installed outdoors since they would be exposed to fluctuating weather conditions.
After analyzing the requirements, the CP PLUS Solutions Team designed a solution comprising of some of the most advanced IP cameras to meet the client’s requirement. A combination of 2MP full HD bullet cameras (20mtrs) and 2MP PTZ cameras (100mtrs) were used to monitor the entry and exit corridors and the perimeter. While the 2MP HD bullet cameras allowed for monitoring queues and corridors, the long range 2MP PTZ camera was deployed to monitor perimeters. To monitor the inside of the temple a 2MP full HD was installed.
Further, 16 channel and 32 channel HD (1080p) DVRs were used to record and store recordings and an additional 32 channel NVR was installed so that the live videos could be made accessible over the internet from anywhere.
The high definition video surveillance solution delivered great results, meeting client expectations successfully. High definition imagery with face detection helped the temple administration track and manage visitors effectively. Further, consequent to installing cameras, crowd behavior has also been impacted. Enhanced overall safety and operational efficiency, allowing the management to monitor the vast expanse effectively.
“The challenge, as is with the installation at any heritage structure, lay in installing the cameras. This one was particularly built using laterite, a rock stone and required the use of special equipment. However, the client’s satisfaction post installation was all that mattered”.