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Traditional manual registers to be replaced by biometric scanners across Maharashtra police stations

Maharashtra police stations to replace their manual registers with biometric scanners

India: The Government of Maharashtra would be able to record the criminals’ biometric data by replacing the manual registers in each police station with biometric scanners. The selection of firm to supply fingerprints, iris and face scanners will be held this month by the state government.

In December 2016, the state government floated a tender to invite the bids for execution of the Union Home Ministry’s Automatic Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS).  At the centre, the project is run by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) whereas in the individual states, the State Crime Records Bureaus (SCRB) is responsible for running the project. AMBIS, which is under execution by the state governments currently, would be replacing the traditional manual practice by matching the fingerprints to identify criminals on record.

The scanners will be provided to each of the state’s police stations under AMBIS and these scanners would be linked to the existing Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS), which is a digital system and aims at improving policing efficiency. A dedicated computer terminal at each police station will be provided for this use and will be stored at central server.

TechSci Research depicts that the adaptation of biometric will pave a long way in a hassle-free search of records and will also maintain the integrity of records. Biometric adoption will produce the tangible results in with improved data protection & validation of records.

According to recently published report by TechSci Research, India Biometrics Market By Type By End Use Sector, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2011-2021”, the country’s biometrics market is projected to grow at a CAGR over 31% during 2016 - 2021. In 2015, the country’s southern region held the largest share in India biometric market, owing to rising industrialization and presence of a large number of leading private sector companies in the region. Government, banking & finance, energy & power, and consumer electronics are the key end user segments where deployment of biometric systems is witnessing an increase, and this trend is expected to continue over the next five years. 

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