Uttar Pradesh Police is set to become the most tech-savvy force in the country with completion of "geo tagging" of about 12 lakh locations that would help it "timely" locate victims dialling 100 for help.
"Through UP-100 GIS (Global Information System) application, we have succeeded in geo tagging about 12 lakh locations in the state.
"This will help police locate victims calling Dial 100 as when they call their location will pop up in the monitor screen of the control room and they will be able to get timely help," Additional Director General (ADG), Traffic, Anil Agarwal told PTI.
"With the exercise, the state police has 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.
Asked about the GIS app, Agarwal said that this was 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.
"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, adding that over 13,500 policemen were involved in the exercise.
"This data will be available with the police and it will not be shared with anyone", he said.
By Abhinav Pandey