Video Conference Links Kasab to the Court

by Prabhu Ram    Mar 10, 2009

Ajmal Amir Kasab, an accused in the Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack, recently attended his court proceedings by using video conference. Fahim Ahmed Ansari and Shahbuddin Ahmed, the two other arrested suspects who are believed to have mapped the target spots, also appeared before court on video

Alleged terrorist Kasab’s meeting with the magistrate was facilitated by video conference — a technology that allows interactive telecommunication of two or more locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously.

It differs from videophone in that it is designed to serve a conference rather than individuals, and is also termed as visual collaboration technology.

A high-tech videoconferencing facility is being introduced in 20 prisons and district jails in the state, said Uddhav Kamble, inspector general of state prison department. The technical support for the videoconferencing setup is provided by MTNL.

Piloted in the prisons at Arthur Road and Thane, the VC facility will branch out to 15 more jails and prisons, he said.

Having the technology benefit to interact instantaneously, the videoconferencing session was attended by the magistrate, Ujwal Nikam, defence lawyer Ejaz Naqvi, and officials from Crime Branch. VC has proven economic benefits for Corporate India, but security (as showcased by this event) seems to be a discernable benefit of VC.

Talking to CXOtoday, Shivasankar K, country manager of LifeSize (a HD video communications manufacturer since 2003), said high definition VC communication enables the participants to take real-time decision. An advanced high definition communication videoconferencing setup must transfer 30 to 60 frames per second (24fps is minimum standard), said Shivasankar.

News broadcasting from remote geographical locations can also be a benefit of HDVC as it can comply with threshold requirement (technical parameters) for broadcasting, said he.
Kasab, who has never been produced in open court since his arrest on 26th November due to security concerns, attended the video conference for little more than 15 minutes. Kasab followed the proceedings from the high-security barrack of the Arthur Road jail where he is presently lodged.

The benefits of advance technology like videoconferencing is helping not only Corporate India, but also government bodies by cutting travel cost, circumventing extra security and unwarranted publicity.

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