Railways float recent tender for coronavirus surveillance cameras

New Delhi, July 14

The Railways on Tuesday floated a recent tender for coronavirus surveillance thermal cameras, eradicating a provision that led to Indian companies alleging that it favoured a Chinese agency whereas making it obligatory for distributors to record the nation of origin of every merchandise.

RailTel, a Railway PSU had floated the tender final month for AI-based surveillance cameras that measure physique temperatures of people and even detects whether or not an individual is sporting a masks or not. 

This tender was scrapped two weeks again after receiving suggestions from distributors that specs talked about for the procurement of the gear might have favoured a Chinese firm.

Indian distributors, in letters to RailTel, raised issues that the specs talked about within the tender favoured Chinese firm Hikvision, one of many world’s largest video surveillance firms which at the moment dominates India’s CCTV market.

They mentioned the know-how—DeepInThoughts—which is a part of the specification for the cameras and talked about within the tender doc, is a proprietary characteristic of Hikvision.

The new tender has carried out away with this know-how as a requirement, however retained different important specification of the blackbody temperature—the power of the cameras to precisely measure temperatures emitted by an individual to say whether or not an individual has fever or not.

Additionally, it has requested distributors to call the origin nation of all gear that they provide. 

“Bidder shall mention country of manufacturing against each item in SOR (schedule of requirement). In case country of manufacturing is not mentioned by the bidder, RailTel Reserves the right to reject his offer. Moreover, GoI’s Present as well as Future Guideline regarding foreign country material will be applicable,” the brand new tender paperwork mentioned. 

The PSU has additionally listed options of the cameras to incorporate software program with simultaneous temperature screening for a number of individuals with alarm(indoor), contact-free masks detection, alarms on individuals with out masks, identification verification and stranger alarm, that’s confirming identification, even with masks.

Over the previous couple of weeks, the Railways has needed to cope with points associated to involvement of Chinese companies in tenders floated by the nationwide transporter which comes after a violent face-off between India and China within the Galwan Valley in japanese Ladakh final month.

Following a standoff with the neighbouring nation, the nationwide transporter had cancelled a Rs 471-crore signalling and telecommunication work for a stretch of 417-km on the Kanpur-Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) part by a Chinese firm. 

A Chinese JV has additionally emerged as one of many bidders for a young floated for manufacturing 44 Train 18 units. PTI

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