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GIS, GPS to empower Mumbai police in India

The Mumbai Police in India is all set to use technology to better its reaction time to a crime. In a few weeks, the police force will be equipped with the GIS and GPS. A Rs 6-crore proposal to this effect was cleared by the Home Ministry last week. Soon, police control rooms will be fitted with GIS and 300 police vehicles with GPS equipment. Once the control room gets a call, in a matter of three to five seconds, they can trace the call to a specific location. They will know the location of the nearest patrolling vehicle and get information like traffic congestion on the street. It will help the force in rescuing people and in nabbing getaway vehicles. While the main police control room will be equipped with 25 computer terminals with GIS, the four regional control rooms and the traffic control room will have five such terminals. In the first phase, they will equip 300 vehicles with GPS. In the second phase, 150 more vehicles will have the feature. Undertaken by Rolta the project will begin this weekend with the installation of GIS in the main control room where police officers will be given hands-on training. Installing GPS in patrolling vehicles will begin next week.