Over the years, we’ve seen QR Codes used in many industries and segments such as:
And, even to brew a perfect cup of coffee!
Helping police identify abandoned vehicles is the latest addition to this list.
Property Identification and Networking System (PINS), a web app, was suggested by N. Sambasiva Rao, the DGP of Andhra Pradesh Police.
The app was launched on Nov 02, 2016 in Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India.
PINS aims to help the Police identify abandoned vehicles and return them to their owners.
Currently, over 50,000 vehicles worth more than INR 300 crores lie unclaimed across the state of Andhra Pradesh.
How PINS works
Vehicles abandoned, stolen, or involved in an accident are seized by the police on a regular basis. The pictures of such vehicles along with ID details (model, make, color, registration, engine no., etc.) are uploaded on their website.
QR Code stickers encoded with this information is generated and printed with a detailed report.
Six stickers are pasted on:
- FIR Register
- Case Diary
- Court Proceeding Files
The case information can simply be accessed by scanning the QR Codes with any mobile phone or tablet.
The PINS application, the brainchild of DGP, is the most effective method to dispose of the junk of vehicles and also make the method of restoring the stolen, abandoned vehicles to the owner more transparent. It makes police more accountable to the citizen and also gives legal sanctity to the process of auction. The app is being upgraded with advanced features – N. Sanjay, Inspector-General of Police, South Coastal Range.
The app is soon to be implemented in over 800 police stations across 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh. If the initiative proves to be a success, other states across India may soon follow suit.
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