Let’s put a mobile phone in the pockets of every police officer

Today, identity verification is accessible to police more than ever before.

Verifying of documents and identities of citizens on the roads or in the streets has always been relatively difficult and time consuming for the police. Even though over time, security and law enforcement authorities in many countries have built several national and international databases of wanted persons or various other records (such as lost documents), for in-field police officers in most countries it is difficult to access this data.

To check a person, police officers usually have to contact the dispatch centre. They report the name along with some other identifying data and then they wait for the dispatcher to screen multiple, often isolated, databases. Sometimes, dispatchers are busy with more important tasks other than routine checks, other times they do not hear clearly due to communication problems or, for various other reasons, they do not provide complete information to the police officer.

Solution number one

That is why at the beginning of the decade some countries naturally started fitting their police vehicles with modern technologies to make the police work more effective. New integrated systems included special scanners able to read smart cards with contact chips, but also so-called MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) used on ID cards, or RFID chips used in passports.

In such a vehicle, all police officers have to do is to hold the document against the scanner and the system would automatically search all relevant connected databases for any entries. This way the patrol can immediately see whether or not the person is wanted, but also other information such as the history of their past traffic offenses.

Fast accessibility and comprehensiveness of the obtained information proved to be a great added value for the police. However, the systems integrated into vehicles are quite sophisticated – in addition to scanners, they also include cameras and Automatic License Number Plate Recognition (ALPR) technologies. They cannot be simply used as handheld devices and that is why the motorised patrols do not have much flexibility in identity checks, let alone foot patrols who cannot use the document checks at all.

Light version

Due to the above, several countries wanted to introduce a “lightweight” mobile version of such a system. Paving the road to such solutions are mobile phones – conventional or fitted with various readers. Even though they do not provide such convenience as the vehicle-mounted systems, the lower mid-range smartphones of today have good enough cameras and high enough processing power for the police to access important databases from virtually anywhere.

While the cost of deploying a mobile identity verification system is significantly decreasing, its usability is ever increasing, because literally, every police officer may now carry a mobile phone in their pocket.

Multiple input options

MOSY, a global pioneer in deploying solutions for streamlining the work of rescue services and security agencies, provides multiple options for data entry through mobile phones.

The simplest, but also the least convenient is the manual entry (typing) of the identification data of the person to be checked into the smartphone. The second, more sophisticated and more convenient method, which is presently the most sought after solution, is scanning the identity document using the phone’s camera. A police officer simply holds the document in front of the mobile phone and automatically retrieves information from all connected databases – similar to QR code reading.

The third method offered as part of the MOSY’s portfolio is to read the document by an external reader that can be connected to a conventional smartphone. The so-called Read*Box of approximately the size of two cigarette packs can read smart cards with contact chips, RFID chips or MR zones.

Of course, implementation of the in-field identity verification system also creates prerequisites for biometric-based identification of persons, for example using fingerprints. With today’s technology, there is no problem implementing such a solution. However, for the system to be effective, a sufficiently large database of biometric data is required. This is something that presently most countries do not have.

3 differences distinguishing professional from amateur ALPR systems

What do you need to know before choosing a mobile system for license plate recognition?

Mosy - ANPRAccording to statistics of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, up to 70% of serious crime is somehow related to motor vehicles. It is not just car thefts but also their use in committing crimes. Analyzes and statistics show that license plate recognition systems help not only in locating stolen vehicles, but also in searching for missing persons and investigation of kidnappings or robberies.

In spite of critics pointing out to the risks of privacy violations, the automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) market is growing by more than 10 percent each year and is expected to reach 4.25 billion by 2023.  This is more than double compared to 2016.

Automatic license plate recognition systems are also used to check if parking or toll has been paid, or to allow access to certain zones. However, growing the most  are so-called mobile ALPR systems becoming the standard technology of police cars around the world.

However, not every system can meet the demanding requirements of the police. License plate recognition in garages of shopping centers where cameras are not exposed to bad weather and the car always stops in front of them is relatively easy. It is much more difficult to recognize license plates from a moving vehicle, especially if the other vehicles are moving, too. In this scenario, conditions are constantly changing. Be it the speed of movement, light intensity (day, night, public lighting, lighting from other vehicles, etc.) or weather, they all significantly affect visibility.

Here are three differences distinguishing professional from amateur ALPR systems

1. The right type of shutter and infrared backlighting

Vehicle-mounted cameras used for mobile license plate recognition have the so-called global shutter preventing image distortion and infrared illumination allowing them to operate at twilight or at night.

However, you shouldn’t have unrealistic expectations. Even with specialized cameras, you will not achieve a 95 percent success rate, because license plates may be extremely dirty, or visibility in the bad weather may be so low that the system simply can not read the license plate.

Also, remember that for the best results the camera should be mounted on the car’s exterior rather than inside the cabin. Otherwise, the glass absorbs much of the infrared light and the recognition efficiency drops sharply.

2. Focused on a selected spot

Specialized mobile ALPR cameras focus only on what really matters. They do not try to capture wide-angle shots because that would record too many unnecessary pixels. To analyze excessive data volumes would be inefficient, if not absolutely impossible. On the contrary, for optimum result, the camera must be fixed to scan one or no more than two lanes and capture images only at a distance of 12 to 15 meters.

The aim is to focus only on areas in which vehicle license plates are located. So, it’s far from the truth that you can process just about any passing car video with an ALPR software and think that the system would identify license plates. You will probably achieve some success, but it’s going to be far from a professional solution.

3. Integration with the environment

Today, there are quite many ALPR vendors, but most of them only sell a license plate recognition software alone or in a package with a camera. However, such a solution usually does not satisfy more demanding requirements of law enforcement or security agencies.

Some companies are developing comprehensive solutions for intelligent police cars. ALPR is one of the key elements of such solutions, but they also integrate other useful technologies. They are able to automatically check the recognized license plates against various databases (such as a stolen or uninsured vehicles database, or check the toll payment), track the position of a police vehicle, improve communication with the head office and also record video for purposes other than ALPR.

An experienced vendor is able to provide a complete platform in which various technological systems of the police car communicate with each other and function flawlessly to ensure automatic updates and ultimately higher police work efficiency and thus higher citizen safety.

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  • Reduces paperwork and assigns daily tasks more efficiently
  • Monitors location and status of all police patrols for their better communication and collaboration

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Vision for policing in the future

Mission of the police has not changed for decades –  to maintain law and order, to protect property and to investigate crimes. If the police is to meet community needs and achieve their goals, the service must continue to adapt to the modern policing environment. The increasing use of technology has changed the way people act in everyday life. Technology is present in every aspect of life, in everything we do. Those police forces, which will be able to adopt and integrate new technologies into their operations, will become the police forces of the future.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

Police forces often experience pressure on public finance. Across the world, their budgets are being cut, often significantly more than in other government departments. This fact brings a question how to deliver the best possible services and also what services will be necessary in the future. The answer is clear – streamlining current resources and capabilities. This should be done by following three principal steps – engaging communities, empowering police officers and optimizing the way of work.

CLOSER TO PEOPLE

Successful policing requires public’s cooperation and involvement, as police alone cannot win the fight against crime and disorder. Police should use a wide range of contact channels that enable interaction with citizens in the modern and cost-effective way. The public should have an opportunity to report crime or share relevant information via text, email and social media. It would also be helpful for sharing pictures and videos of crimes or any other relevant information. Digital policing will make it easier for people to contact the police wherever they are, whenever they need.

MODERN POLICE OFFICER

A modern police officer is expected to have skills to deal with wide range of scenarios and incidents. This should be supported by modern police education system focusing more on police specialists. To keep our cities and citizens safe, police officers should be armed with modern technology tools –  technology which enables them to fulfill their role to the best of their abilities. Officers in the street need real-time information and supervisors back in headquarters need to know what is going on in each location and operation in real time. Equipping police officers with special mobile technology allows them to spend more time in their community rather than the office. Gathering comprehensive information about victims, offenders and locations quickly from mobile technology is crucial for making decisions about effective police response.

DIGITAL POLICING

The development of technology has led to significant advances in policing, for example DNA, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and a searchable Police National Databases, however, the police have had difficulties to adapt to a change. New technologies increase the opportunity for evidence collection. Almost every crime now has a digital footprint. Digital forensics and investigation can no longer be the exclusive preservation of high-tech crime units. Frontline officers need basic skills in digital evidence collection and preservation. Introducing an integrated information management approach that automates manual work processes and optimizes departments and resources could lead to more efficient police services, and allow police officers to operate from different locations.

Mobile technologies bring a new sense of immediacy and accuracy to intelligence gathering that can further empower officers. Sharing information interactively at the crime scene enables real-time analysis and investigation and, most importantly, it captures information about the suspect while it is fresh in the minds of victims and witnesses. Police officers equipped with a special mobile application can complete their ‘paperwork’ directly from the crime scene. This approach would enable police forces to significantly increase their visibility, improve the reputation of its officers and would also help building the public’s trust.

Police forces also should consider equipping its officers with body cameras to provide them with more evidence of incidents and to protect them from false claims.

The police should also think about the development of real-time crime centers. These centers seek to capitalize on CCTV and other available data to enable a fast-time police response to emerging crime patterns and street crimes in progress. Predictive software is used to identify what crime is most likely to be committed, where and when. This data should be available to police officers via their mobile device, ensuring that every opportunity to arrest suspect can be seized.

The future of policing depends on world class training, modern technologies, international cooperation and the ability of police management to improve the efficiency of police services.

Radovan Kyselica

Security and policing exhibitions 2018

Mosy in UKDo you plan to visit any international security and policing exhibitions in 2018?

Download our list of the most interesting exhibitions focused on security and policing in 2018.

Soon we will add other world exhibitions which could be interesting for you in the year 2018. Stay tuned.

Hopefully, we will see each other at one of these events.

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MOSY at the 20th edition of Milipol Paris 2017

IMG_9905Paris, one of the three most visited cities in the world, becomes the centre of homeland and security professionals from all over the world every second year. This year the exhibition named Milipol Paris 2017 hosted the record 1005 exhibitors out of 53 countries and we are proud that MOSY took part in this event. During four days from November 21st to 24th, Milipol was visited almost by 30 000 visitors from 151 countries. In comparison with our first exhibition that we participated in 2 years ago and the positive reactions of visitors, we must say that MOSY has done a huge leap forward in the last two years and has become one of the world leaders in intelligent public safety.

What has been changed over the last 2 years?

In comparison with the year 2015, when it wasn’t easy to come to Paris one day after the terrorists’ attacks, this year it was for us much easier. Moreover, MOSY has nowadays strong product portfolio, clear positioning, and plans. MOSY isn’t beginner anymore in public safety as we could feel not only from visitors’ reactions but also from the talks we had with protentional partners or current competitors.

This year the special attention was paid to our Intelligent Police Car due to several reasons:

  1. Our unique in-vehicle computer Q*Box, which is placed in the trunk of the car, is really compact. This single device combines several functionalities such as broad communication platform, GPS and programmable power management.
  2. All stand visitors were longing to try 😊 our newest ruggedized tablets and mobile phones with MOSY’s software platform named m*Patrol that runs on all mobile devices (Android, iOS, Win). Thanks to these, police have a possibility to experience many functionalities such as video recording, ANPR, document reading, collaboration with dispatching, incident management and much more.
  3. MOSY presented for the first time a new m*Patrol modulespeed measurement system. It is an in-car speed enforcement system mounted in the vehicle and operating in 2 modes –moving or still.
  4. Our team was very welcoming and delighted to answer any curious questions and queries.
  5. People appreciated our Škoda Octavia RS with our own police branding.

Mosy at Milipol Paris 2017To complete the Milipol Paris 2017 statistics, we have gained worthy contacts from more than thirty countries among which there are potential clients as well as partners.

The exhibition offered as usual a wide range of new technologies, guns, special military clothing, detections systems and many other products. MOSY was delighted to be part of it. Looking forward to meeting you in 2019. See you there.

Here we go- MOSY again in Paris

We are delighted to take part in Milipol Paris which will be held from November 21 to 24, 2017. And this time with our own stand presenting Mosy’s systems for intelligent police cars.

Mosy - Milipol Paris 2017All of you are more than welcome at our stand number 6R110 where you can discuss our most recent cutting-edge technologies and experience them live.
In case you are interested in participation, please register for free on Milipol web site.

Looking forward to meeting you there.

We were part of the Connect Romania 2017

It was our pleasure to exhibit and share our experience regarding police security at one of the biggest conferences focused on new technologies, which was held last week in Romania.

Connect Romania 2017 powered by Cisco provided the ideal environment that unlocked tomorrow’s innovations and trends, brought enhanced value to business and provided the attendees with important insights.

Mosy has a new deal in Bulgaria

We are happy to announce that since today Mosy has made its first deal in Bulgaria.

We will equip 23 vehicles of the Bulgarian police forces with our intelligent technology which helps officers to work faster and more efficient. This deal gives us a foothold in the Bulgarian market and it brings us new experience with other police forces which moves us forward.

 

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  • Saves your time on paperwork
  • Saves your time during routine police control
  • Saves your time thanks to fingerprint recognition which verify your identitiy and all necessary documents in a few seconds
  • Saves your time thanks to effective cooperation with headquarters
  • Saves your time by reason of fast ID scanning
  • Saves your time due to automatic reporting

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Every car might be stolen

The only secure option to reduce the chance your car will be stolen is not to have one. In reality, it takes a few seconds for professional car thieves to steal your vehicle and foolproof protection against car theft does not exist. Therefore, don’t be an easy target and think about crime prevention. Let’s make it more difficult for criminals.

ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

Vehicle crime is a highly organized worldwide criminal activity that costs a lot of money – not only car owners, but it has impact also on car manufacturers, law enforcement agencies, registration authorities, insurance companies and justice departments. For professional car thieves a stolen car represents easy money. Tools needed to commit the crime are relatively cheap, the black market of stolen cars is quite wide and the punishment is moderate in comparison to other crimes. Moreover, it is not a secret that vehicle crime is an important part of any sophisticated criminal activity and stolen vehicles are very often used for logistics when committing more serious organized crime operations, ranging from drug trafficking to terrorism.

THE DATABASE OF STOLEN VEHICLES

The INTERPOL Stolen Motor Vehicle database is a vital tool for law enforcement in the fight against international vehicle theft and trafficking. By the end of 2015, the number of database records had risen to 7.4 million. The database allows police to check a suspicious car and to immediately find out whether the vehicle has been reported as stolen. In 2015, the police identified approximately 123,000 motor vehicles worldwide  as stolen, thanks to the database.

MOSY TECHNOLOGY AND POLICE RECORDS

Slovak police forces began using MOSY in-car intelligent IT technology in 2012. Meanwhile the police statistics state the clarification of stolen vehicles increased by 36% and we assume that our technology plays an important role in it.   Automatic number plate recognition technology (ANPR) helps Slovak police to be more efficient. Without any delay MOSY technology allows to automatically recognize the number plate of vehicles passing by and check it against hot lists (stolen cars, unpaid fines and insurance evidence). This tool of modern technology in the hands of police officers leads to the significant operational efficiency.

NOT TO BE STOLEN

Certainly, you can do more to keep your car from being stolen. Criminals usually choose an easy target. By following recommendations you can make their lives more difficult.

  • Close all windows and lock all doors and the trunk, even if you are leaving your car for a while.
  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
  • Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle.
  • Try to park the vehicle in the safe area and turn the wheels towards the kerb.
  • Do you have vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows? Car thieves want to get off cheap. They don’t want to go to the expense of replacing all the glass.
  • Never leave your keys with car park employees or in car wash services.
  • Remove registration papers from your motor vehicle to make it difficult to sell it on the black market.

Radovan Kyselica

Protect and serve

This article was written to describe the main usage of IT equipment installed in police vehicles at first.  But finally, wider significance of the system was proved – it not only recorded the aggressive driving that threatened people in the car, police officers and other road users but also shown an inadequate behavior of the police officers on duty.

The Real Case

On August 2, 2016, at about 1:10 pm in Trnava, Slovakia PMJ patrol noticed, suspicious driving and dramatic acceleration of a Fiat Brava vehicle.

Police officers tried to stop the car, but the driver did not respond to their repeated calls. Finally, when the car stopped for a little while and the police officer wanted to inspect driver, she locked herself up in the car, closed the windows and tried driving directly at the police officer who had to jump away to avoid being injured. The police officer took out a gun and fired one shot into the rear bumper. Patrol was forced to use warning shots into the air and shoot the rear tires.

After more than a 18-kilometer car chase and repeated shots, the car stopped in a nearby village.

The Camera is watching you

All four car passengers, including the driver, were women. The one who presented risky and dangerous driving which threatened not only the passengers, but also other road users, drove without a driving licence

During the police chase, the driver was seriously injured, she suffered chest and ear injuries as a result of the police shots. Co-passenger was shoot to the shoulders.

During the inspection of the car police officers found narcotics and there was a suspicion that the driver was under their influence. Police used 19 warning shots into the air and 13 shots to the car. The car had number plates, belonging to a different vehicle.

For evidence, recordings from police car surveillance and automatic number plate recognition system were used.

Normally, the story would end here, with a criminal complaint for assaulting the public official. However, the cameras in the police car were on during driver detention and the records showed unlawful use of force and coercive means by police officers.

Based on the video recording, the Inspection body of the Ministry of Interior opened a criminal investigation against police officers, with the aim to investigate whether the intervention of law enforcers was adequate. Police officers on duty were temporarily transferred to other departments, without any contact with citizens. The final result says, they will be released from the duty, indicted and punished – all based on the video material.

Slovak police slogan “protect and serve” can be explained in different ways and as usually the weakest part is the human factor. The technology works for everyone whether you are police officers or citizens.

Pavel Palasthy