February 21, 2019:
India has embarked on the high road of automation as now when you will enter the Kerala Police Headquarters in the State Capital, you would be greeted by a robot.
It has become the first Police Department in the country to use a robot for Police work.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday inaugurated the humanoid police robot at the Police headquarters in the state.
It has been named KP-Bot.
CM Vijayan welcomed the Sub Inspector (SI)-ranked robot into the service with an honorary salute and the ‘RoboCop’ responded with a perfect salute.
The KP-Bot will be deployed to perform duties of the front office of the police headquarters which means that it will receive visitors and direct them to different places as and when required.
Director General of Police (DGP) Loknath Behra said that the aim was to introduce technology into policing.
“Women empowerment and gender equality were kept in mind while deciding on the gender of the first robot. Also, the fact that most front office jobs are managed by women was considered,” the DGP said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Deputy of police Manoj Abraham, who is in-charge of cyberdome, said that the first robot inducted into the force is a woman.
The visitors can directly interact with the SI-ranked KP-Bot. The robot is equipped with facilities to fix appointment with officers, provide them with identity cards and also open new files based on their grievances.
Just like other Police Officers, the RoboCop is capable of identifying higher officials and greet them with a salute.
Its duties would include identifying and guiding a visitor to the concerned department. It would also inquire about the details of the visitors and record their complaints.
There are plans to update the RoboCop with more features like face recognition and explosive detection.
Last year State Police Chief had announced during the Cocoon Cyber Conference that robots will be introduced in the police force.
Following the announcement the project was realized by state police cyber-dome and a Kochi based start-up, Asimov.