May 29, 2017

Alwar police testing AI-based app to register criminal offences

BYPankaj Mishra

In a first, police in Alwar district of Rajasthan have commissioned a pilot programme with Gurugram-based artificial intelligence (AI) research startup Staqu where an app is assisting police personnel expedite criminal identity registration, tracking and missing persons’ search.
Called ABHED (artificial-intelligence based human efface detection), the app will enable police to do criminal registration, including biometric information, via mobile phones.
“Not only will the ABHED app assist the patrolling forces, it will also make the entire process seamless and digital,” Rahul Prakash, superintendent of police, Alwar Police, Rajasthan, said in a statement.
Optimised for 2G or 3G networks, ABHED is equipped to handle thousands of queries per seconds and supports unlimited search and criminal profiles’ indexing.
“Our officers are really excited to have such a tool at their disposal. With its ease of searching, our investigation process will become extremely effective,” added Paras Jain, additional SP, Alwar Police.
Each police personnel will have his/her own login password to use the app for both registration and search.
The access with OTP-based logins can be controlled at different levels with mobile phones.
With a simplified user-interface, police personnel can automatically profile criminals or missing people, including biometric information like fingerprints, voice and face pictures and can be integrated with the current Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS).
ABHED provides matching details from the criminal database within seconds, offering better accuracy than any other criminal recognition system, the company claimed.
Criminal search can be performed through FIR, available face images or fingerprints.
The app is available in both Hindi and English and can be extended to other languages as well.
“With the launch of ABHED, we are utilising our AI prowess, especially in machine learning, for enabling police forces to digitalise and automate profiling and search for criminals and missing people,” said Atul Rai, CEO and co-founder of Staqu.
Staqu initiated the ABHED pilot project on May 27.

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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.