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ICT Makes Crime Records Available at your Fingertips

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Delhi Police has come up with a high-tech way to keep a tab on criminals. Delhi Police is in process of installing 171 Automated Fingerprint and Palmprint Identification Systems (AFPIS) in all police stations in the Capital as well as in other important places including the five district courts and 11 district headquarters. The system, a web-based software running on Linux, will enable cops to access existing police records to instantly identify an arrested accused. This way, when they arrest a person, they will be able to access his past crime history, if any, and his personal information mentioned in the police records by putting him through AFPIS.

Tenders for AFPIS have already been floated and responded to and now the police are conducting technical evaluation of samples submitted by the applicants. Biometric system providers are of the view that a complete AFPIS unit will cost around INR 20 lakh while a basic unit will come for around INR 10 lakh.

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