The Western Range of Karnataka Police will use mobile phone network for speedy dissemination of information among policemen posted at various polling booths in Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency.

Called “Simplee-K” (Smart Information Messenger For Public and Law Enforcement Engagement, Karnataka), this application will be used to pass on information to all personnel involved in the election duty. “We were looking for an effective medium to reach out to the polling personnel. We found this to be a good medium,” Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Pratap Reddy told presspersons on Saturday.

This facility would be used in addition to the wireless communication network. After the election, changes would be made to this application and used for various services, Mr. Reddy said.

He said practically, every policeman in the four districts coming under the range had a mobile phone. “Except for five policemen, we have in our database mobile phone numbers of all policemen in the four districts coming under the Western Range. This network can be used to quickly mobilise the force,” Mr. Reddy said. These phone numbers and the mobile phone numbers of polling officers had been included in the application. Mr. Reddy said mobile phone numbers of commanders of Karnataka State Reserve Police and Border Security Force personnel could also be included.

This application, which has been developed for the police by Zest Wings IT Services of Hyderabad, helps the police control room send instructions and information to all personnel on election duty. Message of about 1000 words can be sent simultaneously to 5,000 people. The users of mobile phones registered in the application can send messages in a specified form to the mobile phone 9901199011 about polling, situation at the polling booths and emergencies. Mr. Reddy said modifications would be made to the application.