Source: artificial intelligence
Disruptive technologies such as
(AI) will soon empower mannequins to fight crime, spot traffic offenders, fine drunk drivers and rein in criminals across the city, a top official said.
“We will soon have artificial eyes fixed in mannequins as cameras with a small AI-linked computing device inside them for facial recognition through a well-connected central server,”
City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao
The mannequins, however, will not be permanent fixtures at a given place but operate in a hide-and-seek mode.
“The AI software will locate the culprits, tip off the police about the number of violations one has committed, count the traffic slips registered against the same vehicle, estimate the penalty amount and alert the police,” said Rao.
On how futuristic dummies and connected police officers work, Rao said a drunk driver caught on MG Road will be identified by the mannequin even at a far-away junction to relay information to the control room through facial recognition.
“A mannequin is an outer covering of the dummy police with its AI-powered heart for futuristic technologies. Sky is the limit for using AI and robotics in policing,” Rao pointed out.
Rao said that a robotics-enabled mannequin can replicate everyday routine functions discharged by a constable, freeing him for better and important tasks.
Noting that global tech giants Google, Microsoft and Walmart, innovation centres and universities such as the
Indian Institute of Science
(IISc) are in the city, the top cop said that the city is the place to invent and innovate. As India’s Silicon Valley, the senior IPS officer said Bengaluru was an ideal location for also pioneering modern police enforcement practices.
“If we can’t do here, where will it be done and who else will do it,” he said.
“Disruption is everywhere now. More technically aware people are joining the force. Some software engineers have joined as constables and police sub-inspectors,” he said.
The city Armed Reserve Police force (CARP), which guard property and take care of weapons, has 37 engineers in its ranks as constables.
The senior IPS officer does not want the intellectual capability of such police personnel going waste.
“I engage them to harness their potential. As they are quite intellectual and technically sound, they feel a police job is a good option,” said Rao.
Considering his mannequin brainchild as a beginning, Rao said though the road ahead was challenging, it was exciting.
“I have begun it. Maybe the next generation police officers will introduce more technology, including nano, machine learning and data analytics,” he said.
Two international police departments have already studied the mannequin innovation of the Bengaluru police. American and French police departments visited the city police, studied the mannequins and took photographs two months ago.
“The Paris police also discussed the mannequins in their weekly meeting. It is not that we just copy things from other countries, but they learn from us too. There is no harm in learning from each other,” said Rao.
Rao is also looking to customise the mannequins further, in accordance to the requirements of the police enforcement.
“I have to store a computer inside and connect power to the mannequin. Movable arms can be put and if some robotics are added, then the shape of the whole thing will change,” he said.