Indian state to create digital biometric database of criminals
27 March 2017 15:21 GMT

Authorities in the Indian state of Maharashtra  plan to create a biometric database linked to unique ID details of all criminal offenders.

The state government plans to use a Automated Multimodal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) to modernise the police force and increase the conviction rate.

The system will use four of the most accurate individual biometric technologies currently available including ultrasonic fingerprint identification, iris recognition, facial imaging and signature samples. Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to implement it, said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

"This is a Rs 54-crore [US$8.3 million] project. The cyber crime cell is in charge of handing over the software to the Maharashtra police," said an official from the home department.

The present conviction rate in the state is 58%, up from 42% last year.

Officials said this data will help establish the identity of a suspect in cases where CCTV footage is not clear and not acceptable in court. "A suspect can be verified using this system and the data saved to maintain records. The results of this system will be valid in courts too," said an official."Currently our fingerprint bureau provides us data, but modernisation of the system was long due," said the official.