The Madurai police in Tamil Naidu have come up with a new app “Cops Eye.”
Based on face recognition feature, it would help them detect people with criminal backgrounds by clicking photographs with their mobile phones, The Hindu reported on Friday.
Madurai Deputy Inspector General of Police Pradip Kumar launched the app. It would be available at all Station House Officers and above. “It would take only few seconds to match the face of a person with the of data of 2,000 criminals from the city and Madurai rural police,” he said. The data of 2,000 criminals has their names, photographs and details of criminal cases.
“Taking photograph of any person whose data is available with the centralised criminal analysing system will give all particulars,” he said.
Superintendent of Police N. Manivannan said whenever people were picked up on suspicion it takes a long time to detect if they have any criminal background through their fingerprints. “It takes a few hours to match finger prints by the fingerprint bureau. But, in this case, SHOs and other officers can determine whether someone is a criminal or not within a few seconds,” he said.
“It detects the criminal with 93% accuracy,” he said. This system will also avoid inconvenience caused to innocent people who are otherwise made to wait at the police station till doubts are cleared, the DIG said.
The app comes with a password to protect the data. The DIG said that it was the second app adopted by the Madurai rural district after Madurai Kavalan. The app that gave the people an online mode of informing the police about locked doors got a good response with 2,000 persons downloading it in their mobile phones.
The rural police also launched six mobile two-wheeler patrol vehicles on the occasion.