In a quest to enhance accountability, efficiency, and reliability in tracking down criminals, Punjab Police has unveiled an ingenious ‘facial recognition system empowered by artificial intelligence (AI). This cutting-edge technology, known as the “Face Trace System (FTS),” creates an extensive database with information on over 18 million individuals, including wanted criminals and suspects. As a result, law enforcement officers can now quickly locate accused individuals and criminals throughout the Punjab province.
As the result of collaborative efforts between the Punjab Police’s Information Technology (IT) wing and the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), the FTS was born. Under the leadership of Inspector General Police (IGP) Dr. Usman Anwar and DIG Ahsan Younas, data from various divisions and organizations within the Punjab police were collected to develop this sophisticated system.
Gone are the days of traditional, time-consuming methods for investigating officers. With a simple press of a button, they can now swiftly verify and identify suspects and criminals using the online platform, thanks to the FTS. The comprehensive data includes records from the driving licenses branch, Crime Record Branch, Punjab Khidmat Marakaz, and Punjab prisons, empowering law enforcement to improve their success rate in apprehending culprits.
Moreover, the FTS proves invaluable in identifying and tracking suspects captured on CCTV cameras and other sources. The system’s design prioritizes compatibility with the latest AI technology, resulting in swift arrests following precise criminal identification.
IGP Dr. Usman Anwar and Mr. Ahsan Younas are committed to enhancing the system through continuous training, seamless integration, and feedback from the police force. Their vision includes linking it to databases of other institutions, further improving its efficiency.
The FTS deployment spans districts and will soon connect with e-police posts and crime prevention apps, bolstering the identification and arrest of criminals.
The ceremony to launch the FTS was attended by prominent figures, including PITB Chairman Faisal Yousaf, Additional DG Qasim Afzal, Chief Technical Officer Adil Iqbal, and Project Director Asim Iqbal.
As Punjab Police embraces this transformative technology, the Face Trace System promises to be a game-changer in the fight against crime, ensuring a safer and more secure environment for the citizens of Punjab.
The AI-powered facial recognition capabilities of the Face Trace System (FTS) have revolutionized law enforcement in Punjab. With over 18 million individuals’ data in its comprehensive bank, the system enhances public safety while reducing the burden on investigating officers. The success of FTS is a testament to the power of collaboration, data-driven decision-making, and responsible use of AI technology.
Punjab’s commitment to adopting innovative solutions for public safety sets a shining example for other regions. As FTS continues to evolve, it holds the potential to be implemented on a national scale, bolstering security and enhancing public safety across the country.
However, data privacy and misuse concerns must be addressed transparently to build public confidence in the system’s capabilities. Striking the right balance between advanced tools and individual rights is crucial in an interconnected world.
With the unveiling of the Face Trace System, Punjab takes a significant leap forward in law enforcement, harnessing AI-driven technology responsibly and transparently to protect its citizens and improve accountability.