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India police hackathon focused on facial recognition and data analytics

India police hackathon focused on facial recognition and data analytics

The Karnataka State Police Department in India is organizing the first edition of the “India Police Hackathon 2019,” writes the Indian Express.

The initiative is open to everyone interested in helping improve coding functions related to facial recognition, data analytics, ranging from students to researchers, police officials and IT experts, a senior police officer explained. The best coding solutions will be the groundwork to develop future police tools.

The goal is to build “a unified communication app, a centralized standard beat management solution and connecting online presence for open source intelligence and investigation,” he explained.

Facial recognition, for example, will be used to find people reported missing and data analytics will help improve processes related to road accidents, he further said, while a unified app will improve communication among police officers.

The 36-hour event is organized in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) that will be part of the mentorship and jury, and it will take place on November 16 and 17 at RV College of Engineering. The first three winning teams will receive cash prizes of up to Rs 100,000 (US$1,400). Those interested, can register at this link www.ksp.gov.in/hackathon.

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