Mobile Surveillance Vehicle for Pimpri – Chinchwad

Mobile Surveillance Vehicle

Mobile Surveillance Vehicle

The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle (MSV) is a custom-built, rugged, mobile command unit, integrated with specialized surveillance, communication & monitoring equipment for localized command and control missions. It consists of Operator Consoles, latest CCTV sensors, self-powered long-range wireless cameras, Command & Control Consoles, backup power to run all the equipment independent of power available at the location, Integrated Communication Switch and Live Video Streaming capability, among others.

The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle (MSV) can be quickly dispatched to a site of disaster/emergency and can undertake the local command, control & coordination of various agencies responding to the situation. The MSV allows rapid communication and coordination among multiple, agencies and senior law & order officials responding to the situation, providing them complete real-time situational awareness.

This case study showcases Mistral’s capability in designing and integrating a modern Mobile Surveillance Vehicle (MSV) for law enforcement agencies, aimed to monitor and manage massive rallies, VIP movements, and tactical security operations, among others.

The Customer

The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle is designed for Pimpri-Chinchwad Police (PCP) through Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City Limited (PCSCL) and Tech Mahindra, the TIER-I Contractor for Smart City Project. The customer was keen on inducting a Mobile Surveillance Vehicle (MSV) with modern surveillance and monitoring system to ensure public safety in preventing crimes and maintaining law & order.

Mobile Surveillance Vehicle – The Requirement

Tech Mahindra along with other stakeholders of PCSCL approached Mistral to design a Mobile Surveillance Vehicle. The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle had to have an efficient connectivity medium between the MSV and Control Rooms for quick, effective communication, providing real-time situational awareness enabling quick decision making. The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle had to be highly efficient in terms of its surveillance & monitoring capabilities and act as a mini command control centre at the site of deployment.

The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle requirements included:

  • Custom designed & Fully-fabricated Vehicle
    • Operators area
    • 5-seater video conference area
  • Surveillance and Video Management System
  • Integrated Interoperable Communication System (ICS)
  • Live Video Streaming
  • On-shore and off-shore Power Support

Mobile Surveillance Vehicle – Design and Integration

MSV_Pimpri_Interior, Mobile Surveillance Vehicle

Mobile Surveillance Vehicle – Command Centre

Mistral custom designed a fully integrated Mobile Surveillance Vehicle (MSV) for surveillance, security & localized command capabilities. The MSV was built with a flexible modular architecture on a 4270 mm wheelbase chassis from Ashok Leyland. The mobile command centre is designed for easy deployment at any given location. Mobile Surveillance Vehicle offers video surveillance, with a mechanism to stream Live video feeds to the Central Control Room using 4G based streaming device or existing city backhaul network.

Below listed are the key components of the Mobile Surveillance Vehicle:

Video Surveillance

The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle is designed to accommodate:

  • Operator desk with two 32’’ displays monitors to show live video feed coming from vehicle mast-mounted PTZ Camera, fixed and long-range Wireless Camera

    MSV for Pimpri – Chinchwad, Mobile Surveillance Vehicle

    Mobile Surveillance Vehicle

  • Mast mounted HD resolution PTZ Camera to provide a panoramic/long-range view of the current situation. This camera is installed along with the IR Illuminators and image stabilization features over a pneumatic mast and is deployed to provide the user with vital “look-up and see” capability to cover a wide area of security operation
  • The mast-mounted four High Gain Wireless Antennas offers 360-degree coverage to receive the video feeds from the field-deployed battery-powered wireless cameras
  • Eight long-range wireless cameras powered by Lithium-ion battery (Li-ion) packs that provides at least 6 hours of power to each individual camera unit. These cameras are designed for outdoor use and come with IP66 enclosures along with IR Illuminators for surveillance in no/low-light conditions. The portable cameras are connected with a wireless Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) device and antenna. These Wireless Tx & Rx works strictly in Clear Line of Sight (CLOS) scenario and can provide connectivity up to 1Km, provided there is no obstruction in the Line of Sight
  • Four Fixed Bullet Cameras with 2MP resolution and IR range of up to 50m are mounted on the vehicle to get the peripheral video feeds from the vicinity of MSV. These four cameras are installed at the front, rear and two sides of the vehicle roof
  • Transmission of live video streams from MSV to Central Control Room through 4G Streaming device/Citywide CCTV network. Citywide CCTV footage can also be viewed in MSV using a Citywide CCTV network.

Discussion Area

The discussion area includes a five-seater setup with a 55” display monitor for the senior officers to monitor the video feed from the 32’’ display to enable real-time and rapid decision making.

Control Room Connectivity

To view the video feeds from the MSV by the Central Control Room or vice-versa there needs to be an appropriate interconnection between the two control rooms. For this connectivity, two options have been provided, namely – A 4G aggregator device with eight dongles and a pair of Wireless P2P antenna.

Since the connectivity of the 4G aggregator is based on the quality of the 4G signal at the deployed site, an alternate solution was provided by using a Wireless P2P antenna. One of those antennas were installed in the MSV and the second was deployed near the junction which was then connected to the control room using the Citywide CCTV network.

Integrated Communication System (ICS)

The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle comes installed with an operator managed Integrated Communication System allowing the various agencies operating at different radio frequencies (VHF/UHF/HF/GSM) to communicate with each other during an emergency. The ICS system is integrated with telephony and wireless radios, call handling, monitoring, and logging functions into a single operator interface.

Other Sub-systems

  • Wireless Base Station to receive video feeds captured from the Wireless Cameras
  • LED Flood Lights – 3 Mast mounted heavy-duty LED Flood Lights for night operations
  • PA System – PA System with 4 speakers and wireless microphone
  • Power System –5.5 KVA Petrol Genset & 3 KVA UPS with batteries for power back-up.
  • Anti-Riot gear
  • First Aid and Stretcher to provide immediate medical assistance.
  • Sleeping bunks for personnel to take rest while carrying out 24/7 operation


The vehicle is partitioned into the following sections

  • Driver Cabin
  • Operator Console Area
  • Conference area
  • Camera Storage Area
  • Storage Rack (UPS and Anti-Riot Equipment)

The offered solution has the following advantages:

  • Easy to mobilize and deploy within minutes
  • Minimal infrastructure required at the site
  • Options for on-site and remote monitoring using IP infrastructure
  • Fully integrated Command Control and Communication Interface
  • Expandable

Read the full case study to know more about the Mobile Surveillance Vehicle .