Now, cops can see through walls
The J&K Police has set the ball rolling for acquiring devices which can track movement of people inside a closed room or a house.
The Police Headquarters is looking to buy high-tech radar devices called Wall-Through-Imagers and has floated tenders in this regard on July 23.
The devices, according to officials, are capable to display whether anyone is inside a house, where they are and whether they are moving but it does not show their faces. "It is not a camera," they clarified.
As per its requirements, Police have specified that the devices should be capable to 'penetrate' through thick wall of cement, plaster, bricks, concrete and wood.
The device, according to the tender document, shall have the capability to detect person(s) in a room. "It should be able to locate and track the movement of a person or persons on a continuous basis," it reads.
As per the document, the device should pick up human breathing or movement inside a building.
"The user friendly application should allow the operator to know the exact location and number of people when wall or obstacles obstruct the view. It should be able to detect living people moving or static by their breathing and heart beat. It should be able to detect static objects and differentiate them from living people," it reads.
A senior police official admitted that this is for the first time that J&K Police is procuring such devices. "These devices are used in foreign countries. This is not something extraordinary," he said.
While police officials are silent over use of the gadget, sources said they are likely to be used in anti-militancy operations to track the movement of militants holed up in a house.
Meanwhile, the police are also planning to buy micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for carrying out surveillance in the State. Already police in several states are using UAVs for crowd control, traffic management and normal policing.
In 2013, Army's Northern Command had issued a tender for procurement of 49 mini-UAVs having the capability to take-off and land without needing any kind of runway.
On July 14, a middle- rung police officer demonstrated a camera-fitted mini UAV in the city's commercial hub Lal Chowk.
In February this year, Army is believed to have used camera-fitted mini UAVs to know the position of militants holed up inside EDI building at Pampore.