Wipro to digitise crime records under e-governance plan

August 2nd, 2010 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Aug 2 (IANS) The government has selected Wipro Infotech to develop software for digitizing its crime and criminal tracking network system under the national e-governance plan, the IT bellwether said Monday.
As the home ministry’s software development agency, the company will link 14,000 police stations and 6,000 police offices across the country for tracking crime records on real-time basis in digital format.

“The system aims to create a nationwide networked infrastructure for IT-enabled criminal tracking system. Spanning across 35 states and union territories, it will link about 14,000 police stations and 6,000 higher police offices across the country,” Wipro vice-president Anand Sankaran said in a statement here.

The company, however, did not specify the project cost, maintaining non-disclosure agreement with the ministry.

The ambitious project includes vertical connectivity of police units at various levels within the state and between states and union territories as well as horizontal connectivity, linking police functions at state and central levels to external entities.

As one of the largest e-governance projects in the country, the network system will also present a citizen-interface to provide basic services to citizens.

“As part of the scope, we will develop the core application software for states and another core application for the central government to digitize crime and criminal records,” Sankaran pointed out.

The solution will be developed on multiple platforms to address functionality required at central and state levels.

“When implemented, the application will link the state crime records bureau with the national crime record bureau, thereby creating a database that can be accessed in real-time from any police station across the country,” Sankaran noted.

The company will leverage its domain expertise and best practices to build the core application software for effective and efficient policing through adoption of e-governance principals.

“Given the current national security scenario, our solution is expected to enhance police efficiency in the detection and prevention of crimes,” Sankaran added.

Government vertical head Ranbir Singh said the network system project was one more step towards enabling the government accelerate efforts in detecting and preventing crimes in the country.

“Wipro is already working with several state governments for e-enabling security and surveillance,” Singh said.

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