India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has founded the "Safe City project," which aims to create a safe, secure and empowering environment for women and girls in public places to enable them to pursue all opportunities without the threat of gender-based violence or harassment. The Bengaluru Safe City project, financed by the ministry's Nirbhaya Fund, will be serviced by Honeywell and help mitigate gender-based violence in the city of over eight million people.
The city will install an integrated Command & Control Center to manage a video system that features more than 7,000 video cameras deployed at over 3,000 locations across the city. The video system will provide advanced video analytics, including facial recognition, a “Dial 100” application and drones. The city police department's existing Suraksha app to help improve incident response rate and citizen engagement will also be upgraded.
Bengaluru is among eight cities selected for India’s Safe City project, which involves identification of hot spots for crimes against women and deployment of various components, including infrastructure, technology adoption and capacity building in community through awareness programs.
The Bengaluru Safe City project will be implemented in phases. Honeywell will operate and maintain the security infrastructure for five years.