Police surveillance system using video analytics to detect targets wins Home Team Excellence Award

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SINGAPORE — Tracking criminals through surveillance cameras now works like a Google search.

Police investigators enter general details of their targets, such as their attire, and video analysis software scours their archives to identify those caught on camera who might fit the bill.

Dubbed PolCam 2.0, the technology caught 15 wanted people – some of whom had eluded authorities for up to two years – between September and December last year.

“In addition to attire, the system can detect anomalies such as a sudden crowd or people fighting, to help expedite the search for reading incidents,” said Deputy Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Nge, 51. , Deputy Director of the Police Operating Systems Division.

“It has helped us solve crimes faster, whereas in the past we would need thousands of hours to go through the process manually.”

He and his teammate, Ms. Goh Siew Lee, program manager for the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) project, oversaw the deployment of some 10,500 PolCam 2.0 surveillance cameras in public spaces as part of a launch target of 200,000 units. by 2030.

Ms. Goh said: “Every time we see a crime solved, we feel a sense of accomplishment. This award is a great encouragement for us.”

The project is one of six recipients of the Home Team Achievement Award, presented at the Ministry of the Interior (MHA) awards ceremony on Thursday 28 October.

Minister of Law and Home Affairs, K. Shanmugam, who highlighted the project in his opening speech, said, “This PolCam project has improved our senses capabilities and reduced the time needed to search for wanted persons. .

He added that authorities will use the technology to detect drug addicts and inmates from community supervision programs who have absconded.

A total of 194 awards were presented at the ceremony to recognize outstanding officers, teams and agencies for their work in operations and projects with MHA.

Central Narcotics Bureau intelligence officer Gerald Tong, 34, received the Operational Excellence Award for leading an investigation into drug traffickers who allegedly used drones to smuggle drugs through the channel Singapore-Johor Baru in June 2020.

Some $44,000 worth of drugs were seized and four Singaporeans were arrested.

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