Bhubaneswar: In order to have a hands-on knowledge on the operations and utility of the command and control centre for the Smart City Project, 95 OAS probationers undergoing training at Gopabandhu Academy of Administration visited the Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC) at Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) on Saturday.
Led by Joint Commissioner of Gopabandhu Academy of Administration Prafulla Swain, last evening, the probationers were delighted to see the state-of-the art facility, which would manage the city operations.
Notably, the first-of-its-kind centralised command and control centre to monitor, operate, and control existing services of the city, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on July 9.
The Adaptive Traffic Signal System, tracking of buses and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation vehicles along with Grievance Redressal System is being operationalised at present from BOC.
General Manager (Operations) of BSCL Bijay Kumar Swain explained how the operations centre was envisaged to be developed further in a manner to keep an eye on several functions like traffic management, incident management, city surveillance, emergency services and disaster management.
The state-of-the-art centre includes a massive video wall of more than 80-foot length (with 16 x 2 configuration of 70 inch panels) and will be used to monitor the large volume of close circuit television (CCTV) footage and highly sophisticated sensor data.
It will provide a digital platform for integrating multiple city sub-systems of parking, public transport, and Common Payment Card.
Sambit Satpathy, a probationer said “I am happy to see this command and control centre and really proud that the being our State Capital, Bhubaneswar has done such progress during the development of the Smart City.”
Rupalika Das added that the technological innovations for the city’s development and citizen’s welfare speak a lot about the meaningful implementation of the Smart City ideas. “I hope the city will benefit immensely from BOC’’ she said.
After visiting the BOC the probationers also visited the BSCL office and interacted with several project leaders to know more about the Smart City work.