These AI-based safety cameras will likely be in a position to detect the facial expressions of topics and notify the closest police station if it deems that somebody is being harassed or is in bother. This is part of Uttar Pradesh’s “Mission Shakti” program, which was launched again in October 2020.
Dhruv Kumar Thakur, the Police Commissioner of Lucknow’s Police division, only recently told the media that they’ve recognized nearly 200 hotspots within the metropolis from the place a lot of the complaints of ladies harassment come. So, they are going to be focusing on these areas and can deploy 5 of the AI-cameras initially. These cameras will notify the closest police station once they detect such instances, even earlier than the sufferer calls any emergency service.
Now, the first purpose of this system is to cut back the instances of ladies harassment and threats within the metropolis, making it a safer place for ladies. However, some expertise pundits have given unfavourable remarks in regards to the initiative as they suppose that this could hurt the privateness of ladies slightly than defending them.
As per some IT professionals and different consultants within the space, though this initiative can result in optimistic outcomes, it’s extremely doubtless that the police division may misuse the tech. Anushka Jain, an Associate Counsel at a non-profit group named Internet Freedom Foundation, this mission may result in over-policing and improve the speed of police-harassment within the metropolis.
“We don’t know what expressions they are tracking and how accurate the system of tracking these expressions is. Also, it’s not necessary that a person who’s making an expression of anger or distress is actually being harassed in a manner wherein police intervention is needed. I could be talking to a friend, and I could get upset over something. And that could also trigger the cameras,” added Jain.
Moreover, there isn’t a data on whether or not the digicam feed will be accessed by some particular officers or all of the officers within the division. And whether or not there may be any third-party concerned on this mission or not. So now, solely time can inform if this initiative helps girls or give extra energy to the police within the metropolis.