A Technopark-based mobile value-added services provider will now assist sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), to track down crimes across distances.

MobME Wireless has developed an advanced 3G-based security solution, a mobile-based crime and incident reporting platform (MCIRP) for the NIA.

DSIR-FUNDED

MCIRP is funded by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and is exclusive to NIA for tackling crimes and prevent acts of terrorism.

The prototype, based on 2G, was first developed for the Kochi City Police for ‘crime and accident reporting,’ said Mr Sanjay Vijayakumar, the Chief Executive Officer, MobME Wireless.

The platform was scaled up using advance technology and encompassing 3G technology to develop an indigenous platform to cater to the specific needs of NIA.

This is expected to change the way in which officers have struggled with walkie-talkies to communicate the gravity of an emerging situation to the control room.

Built using the ‘MobShare’ technology, MCIRP will allow personnel take pictures, video and audio recordings and text content from the scene along with geo-location tagging.

The pre- programmed application will show the time, date and location in the content shared.

COORDINATED ACTION

Mr Vijayakumar said that this will help the control-room staff visualise and assess the actual scene and coordinate necessary action efficiently.

Later, the official can analyse the data to gather trends related to the crime scene.

Officers are constantly on the move and there was a need for a secured system that can interact with a central server. The MCIRP suits the NIA perfectly to enable this from the field in a secure and efficient manner, says Mr Loknath Behera, the Inspector-General, NIA.

“The rugged phone is waterproof and dust proof to suit the hostile conditions that we operate in,” he said, referring to the Motorola ‘Defy+’ smartphones on which the solution runs.

Twenty-five such devices have been handed over to NIA.

Mr Vijayakumar explained that this handset can record and transfer images/videos from the field even on a rainy day or in harsh environments generated at the site of the crime.

vinson.kurian@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on July 4, 2012)
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