Soft­ware to curb ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties

Colour anal­y­sis and face recog­ni­tion soft­ware in the CCTV server will help po­lice de­tect crimes THE SOFT­WARE WILL ALSO BE HELP­FUL IN DE­TECT­ING CHAIN-SNATCH­ING CASES, AS MANY OF THE CHAIN SNATCH­ERS ARE HA­BIT­UAL OF­FEND­ERS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Navi Mum­bai po­lice have de­cided to use colour anal­y­sis and face recog­ni­tion soft­ware in the servers of the closed- cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras which will to be in­stalled in Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion.

The move will be an ef­fort to avert pos­si­ble ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties in the city and de­tect chain­snatch­ing in­ci­dents.

“Cidco has de­cided to in­stalled CCTV cam­eras at var­i­ous places in their ju­ris­dic­tion. Th­ese cam­eras will be mon­i­tored from a tem­po­rary com­mand cen­tre at Belapur rail­way sta­tion. Af­ter dis­cussing the mat­ter with Cidco, we have de­cided to use the colour anal­y­sis and f ace recog­ni­tion soft­ware in the server of th­ese cam­eras,” said Pradeep Kan­nalu, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (wire­less).

While colour anal­y­sis soft­ware could be used to iden­tity coloured ob­jects, face recog­ni­tion soft­ware could be used to iden­tify crim­i­nals’ faces and find their past records.

“There are around 5,500 crim­i­nals’ pho­to­graphs in our data­base. While some of th­ese crim­i­nals are now in jail, a ma­jor­ity of them are out on bail,” he said.

This soft­ware will help the po­lice know if any of th­ese crim­i­nals had come to their area.

“Pho­to­graphs cap­tured by the cam­eras will be matched with those in our data­base in­stantly and thus we will come to know if the his­tory sheeters are plan­ning to com­mit any crime in the city,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Kan­nalu, the soft­ware will also be help­ful in de­tect­ing chain-snatch­ing cases, as many of the chain snatch­ers are ha­bit­ual of­fend­ers and were ar­rested at least once ear­lier.

As a part of the on- go­ing anti- ter­ror­ism week, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice have been con­duct­ing sem­i­nars, ral­lies, demon­stra­tions at dif­fer­ent parts of the city.

One such sem­i­nar was held at Nerul on Fri­day.

“Some of our of­fi­cers are now be­ing trained by Maharashtra ATS. We have al­ready opened anti-ter­ror cells at ev­ery po­lice sta­tion com­pris­ing three to four of­fi­cers. Th­ese cells are mon­i­tor­ing 18 im­por­tant junc­tions across the city. We have left no stone un­turned to avert all pos­si­ble ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties in the city,” a crime branch of­fi­cial said.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Po­lice per­son­nel con­duct a drill out­side Vashi rail­way sta­tion on Thurs­day as part of anti-ter­ror­ism week.

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