The Police department last month floated tenders for the procurement of the high-tech vehicles known as Remotely Operated Vehicle

Police is procuring two high-tech mini vehicles that can be operated remotely for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and surveillance at public places.

ROVs would help J&K police in conducting room intervention and surveillance during anti-militancy and bomb disposal operations in the Valley.

As per the technical specifications of the RoV, it must be able to carry out EOD and surveillance inside aircraft, train, buildings or other installations, bus and railway stations, passenger terminals and exterior and interiors of a vehicle.

ROVs must be able to climb up and down stair case slope of at least 45 degree along with eight kg load with minimum two speeds and it must function in all weather conditions.

The Police department last month floated tenders for the procurement of the high-tech vehicles known as Remotely Operated Vehicle (RoV).

“E-tenders are invited by Police headquarters, J&K, from original manufacturers of their authorised dealers for supply of Remotely Operated Vehicle,” reads a tender notice issued by Assistant Inspector General of Police (Provisions), Mubashir Latifi.

The ROVs would have telescope boom which should extend minimum 1 meter and maximum 2.5 meters or more from the ground floor level and must be modular in nature so that operator can fix and remove it easily.

According to the specifications, the RoV must have two video cameras—front and rear with infra-red capability, minimum 3 meter range, 10 X zoom and PTZ—Pan, Tilt and Zoom—fusion camera having a capability to recognise human form factor at minimum 200 meters range.

The vehicle system is equipped with features like video camera at claw with thermal capability to recognise human form factor at minimum 200 meters and aiming video camera for firing with infra-red capability and minimum 10 meters range.

As per the document, the ROV must have attachments such as modular mount for weapon system like submachine gun (SMG), MP5 (also a submachine gun) and shot gun.

Besides, it also must have a modular mount for de-armer disruptor and modular mount for real time viewing system (RTVS) with a capability to take X-ray.

The mini ROV must be able to aim with the help of camera and laser aiming pointer while it should have spot lights for both driving cameras and for aiming cameras and must be compatible with video cameras.

It must be supported with Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (COFDM) technology in data, audio and video transfer between the ROV and the base station.

The ROV must be able to give its optimum output like in radio control in urban or built up areas upto the range of 200 meters and 50o meters in open areas.
It must take X-rays with X-ray mount assembly or real time viewing system in all terrains.

The RoV vehicle must have EOD option with claw including pipe holding grip, spike grip, beak grip, box cutter, glass breaker, tyre deflator and line of towing vehicle.
The vehicle will have a sensitive microphone to pick up acoustic signature within its 15 feet radius.

As per the document, the base station of the ROV must be compact and light weight with portable control panel with 15 inch display having capability to display at least four on board cameras and each camera output separately on the screen.

The base station system must have a capability to listen and record voice signature being picked up by the ROV microphone.
It should have S-video and BNC video output for transmission of surveillance feed being picked up by the ROV to the command and control centre.

The two ROV vehicles are being procured at the cost of rupees 2.60 crores.

According to sources, the ROV or the robotic system will help Police in minimizing damage to buildings, installations under circumstances of presence of militants, bomb or improvised explosive devices.

This will help prevent damage and save lives during threatening circumstances, they said.