Uttar Pradesh Police is all set to become the most tech-savvy force in the country as it would soon complete “geo tagging” of about 12 lakh locations in the state that would help it “timely” locate victims dialing 100 for help.Additional Director General (ADG), Traffic, Anil Agarwal, said it was made possible by using the UP-100 GIS (Global Information System) application.
Explaining how the GIS app works, Agarwal said the geo-tagging help police locate victims calling Dial 100 as their location gets pop up in the monitor screen of the control room. He added that by this they will be able to get timely help.
“With the exercise, the state police have collected massive data of locations of rural areas that even Google did not have. Over 60 categories of locations that we have geo-tagged included temples, mosques, liquor shops, schools, crossing etc.,” he said.Agarwal said the GIS app has been developed exclusively for police department officers, who were selected from all eight zones at police station level to collect the data and geo-tag important locations. Over 13,500 policemen were involved in the exercise. “Once the location is selected by an officer and uploaded on the app, it was verified at district level before being approved. We have targeted at least five important points of a police station”, he said.
He, however pointed out that data will not be shared with anyone and it will be available with the police.
Explaining how it will help the common man, Agarwal said that many times the caller could not describe his location while facing a distress situation, but now these geo data will help locating them. At the same time, with this data, the police have also done “geo fencing” of police stations that will help in defining the jurisdiction as “digital boundary.”