The Coimbatore Rural District Police will have a Digital Surveillance System using RFID tag (Radio Frequency Identification) with an electronic chip installed at vantage locations.
The system will ensure effective night patrolling in crime-prone areas.
The police personnel on night beat will carry a reader and a transponder to record the beat visit.
Superintendent of Police N. Kannan and Assistant Superintendent of Police (Training) Disha Mittal on Tuesday launched the pilot project covering 30 places in seven wards of Edayarpalayam area of Thudialur police limits.
The e-format of the system will replace the conventional beat books which constables could manipulate by signing the book without doing the night beat.
Mr. Kannan told The Hindu that the project had been launched on an experimental basis with the help of a private firm.
After 10 to 15 days of trial, the police department would work out the cost and consider implementing the system in all crime-prone pockets.
There are such areas in 10 out of the 32 police stations in the district.
Under the new system, there will be a tag with an electronic chip.
The police on beat will have a digital data reader and a transponder.
On clicking the reader closer to the chip, the reader would record details such as identification sign of the police personnel, place of patrolling and time of visit. Then the reader is synchronised with the computer at the police station.
The digital reading will be transformed into e-mails with copies marked to the Inspector of Police of the jurisdiction, Deputy Superintendents of Police, Additional Superintendent of Police and Superintendent of Police and the Special Branch.
Automatically, the e-mail report will contain the areas visited by the beat police constables and those not visited. This will help the superior officers to analyse the report and pull up those who shirk their duty.
This would eliminate malpractices associated with the conventional beat monitoring system.