Police departments in India have traditionally used fingerprint capture technique to narrow down the pool of suspects as part of the investigation process. This involves having the suspects ink their fingers and roll them on paper. These prints are sent to the central fingerprint bureau for matching, and the results thereafter are sent back to the respective police station – all through post. The entire process is exhausting and time-consuming, which at times has led to innocents being put behind bars. On the other hand, due to inherent delays in obtaining results, police departments have often unable to oppose the bail pleas of arrested people with prior criminal record. The Tamil Nadu police department was focused on ironing out such issues to speed up daily operations and ensure transparency and accuracy in the investigation process.
The Tamil Nadu police department chose to partner with TCS to digitally transform the fingerprint matching process. TCS analyzed the existing process, identified areas of improvement, and deployed:
TCS’ AFIS solution has helped the Tamil Nadu police department in numerous ways, including:
Reduced manpower and infrastructure
Overall reduction in time for matching of rolled and chance prints
High-speed, accurate matching, resulting in quick identification and apprehension of wrongdoers
Seamless integration with the criminal attribute applications