fbpx
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

India to introduce fingerprint system (NAFIS) to identify criminals

Reading Time: 2 minutes

By December this year, police forces across the country would be able to get the benefits of a unique “real-time” criminal identification system — National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) — which will collect fingerprints of over 80 lakh criminals in the country and put in place a robust web-based system to identify them.

Almost all the necessary infrastructure are in place to implement the Central government’s long-pending project, which will help in identifying criminals based on their fingerprints. A few pending works will be completed by the end of next month.

- Advertisement -

A National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) official privy to the development told IANS that NAFIS will be launched in December this year after the completion of some pending installations of a fingerprint machine at the “district and commissionerate” level in each state to identify the fingerprints of criminals.

Though the official didn’t disclose any particular date, he said the project might be launched before the third week of December.

READ ALSO: New AI model processes text in 11 Indian languages

On the lines of the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US, the NCRB is hosting the system and implementing it on a turnkey basis, selecting solution providers through a bidding process.

India’s NCRB will allocate separate space for each state at the NAFIS centre. Each state will have complete control over its data, while read-only permission will be given to the other states.

Provisions will be made for the states which already have AFIS to share their data with NAFIS using a bridge software without disturbing their operations. NAFIS will be installed at the NCRB and the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) connectivity will be used to provide access to all the users.

NAFIS will enhance the ability to discern crime patterns and modus operandi across states in India and communicate with the state police departments to assist in crime prevention, NCRB Director Ramphal Pawar said.

Pawar said that “NAFIS will be a game-changer in partnership with NCRB”.

While digitally inaugurating the 21st All India Conference of Directors, Fingerprint Bureau 2020 on Tuesday, Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy also emphasised on the importance of fingerprints.

Reddy said a fingerprint is an essential tool because of its uniqueness, permanency, individuality and ease in acquisition.

He added that digitisation of records and fingerprint data is an important step forward in documenting and tracking crime and criminals and expressed his confidence that the “fully computerised NAFIS would soon become functional and benefit the police forces”.

IANS

READ ALSO: The Indian queens who modelled for the world’s first vaccine

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Podcasts

Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

0
To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

0
  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

0
  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...

Latest News

Memes to celebrate India’s Test series win

0
  You've watched the legendary match, now peep these hilarious memes. From Pant to Pujara, SCG to the Gabba, and England to Australia, netizens went...
washington sundar

After dramatic entry into Test cricket, Sundar steals the show

0
  How quickly fortune changes is evident in the dramatic manner in which Washington Sundar, originally selected only for the T20 series in Australia, was...

WATCH: Day 5 of the Gabba Test in 8 minutes

0
  Even those only remotely interested in cricket tuned in, and stayed glued to their screens yesterday. Has Test cricket ever been this interesting? From wickets...

Reliving the Gabba Test

0
  Chasing down a total of 328 at The Gabba, Australia's fortress for the last 33 years, the Indian team defied all odds to win...

A poetic tribute to Team India

0
  Since invincible Team India played an utterly exhausting four-Test series with the deciding Test at a venue at which Australia had not lost in...