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Body Cams, Facial Recognition & Traffic Tools, Delhi Police Is Getting A Tech Upgrade In 2019

Date: 03-01-19

We've talked about China's police force before, and how they're using artificial intelligence and facial recognition, among other things, to police some cities.

Now, it seems even our own Delhi police are getting a technology upgrade to get with the times.

It all started with New Year's celebrations two nights ago. The Delhi police reportedly hired commercial drones outfitted with cameras to help police the streets around Connaught Place. They were using live video feeds from the drones to monitor foot traffic in the area, so they could block revellers from overcrowding the roads.

And that's just the start of things, the local police is planning to upgrade a number of other systems by 2020 as well, including possibly the addition of body cameras.

They're also considering an intelligent traffic management system, a smartphone apps for beat cops to register incidents, as well as the use of facial recognition technology in investigations, especially when parsing through CCTV footage for a suspect.

Supposedly the department has already secured 880 body cameras that will be deployed soon, and plans to create a centralised database of criminals and suspects.

It's still unclear what the timelines of all of these are, but perhaps at least a few items like the drones and body cameras will come into play soon. And one can only hope other metro police departments take similar action, so people can feel safer in their cities.