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Punjab Police Use AI For Criminal Identification

Punjab Police Use AI For Criminal Identification

The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and the Punjab police have joined forces to implement the Safe City Project, a technological initiative designed to prevent crimes in the cities of Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Gujranwala. This collaborative effort leverages state-of-the-art technology, including an Artificial Intelligence-based Facial Recognition System, an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) System and a Tag and Trace System.

A press release from PITB on Thursday outlined the key components of the project, emphasizing its commitment to utilizing advanced technology for enhancing public safety. The progress of the Safe City Project was discussed in a meeting chaired by PITB Chairman Faisal Yousaf, attended by PITB Additional Director General (ADG) Qasim Afzal, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Adil Iqbal Khan, and other senior officials. Chairman Faisal Yousaf commended the team for successfully executing the project within a record time frame and acknowledged the PITB Software Engineering Wing for developing an indigenous solution.

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During an event, Chairman Faisal Yousaf highlighted the significance of the Automatic Number Plate Registration Control System (ANPR) in capturing and recording license plate information using advanced technology. This system facilitates efficient monitoring and identification of vehicles engaged in criminal activities. The surveillance network, consisting of strategically placed cameras, scans license plates in real-time and cross-references them with a centralized database. Any anomalies or violations trigger alerts to authorities, contributing to the reduction of vehicle-related crimes, enforcement of traffic regulations, and overall enhancement of road safety in Punjab.

Furthermore, the project incorporates an Artificial Intelligence-based Facial Recognition System that captures images and compares them with an extensive database. This database includes 16 million records and photos from the driving licenses branch, 1.8 million records from the Crime Record Branch, 1.3 million from the Punjab Khidmat Marakaz, and 300,000 records of accused individuals and criminals from Punjab prisons. The Facial Recognition System assists law enforcement personnel in identifying and tracing suspects detected through CCTV cameras and other sources.

Chairman Faisal Yousaf emphasized that these cutting-edge systems adhere to international standards, providing a cost-effective solution implemented locally in an impressively short timeframe. He hinted at the swift implementation of similar security systems in more cities across Punjab, underscoring the commitment to leveraging Artificial Intelligence for the advancement of public safety. The Safe City Project stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts between PITB and the Punjab police in adopting innovative technologies for the greater security and well-being of the public.