Smart policing



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Organisation name Hellenic Police Headquarters

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Contact person: Police brigadier general Pentagiotis Ioannis

The Smart Policing project focuses on the supply of modern portable electronic devices to the Hellenic Police, as the national agency for the prevention and combating of all types of crime. The electronic devices are connected to the existing national and European databases and can retrieve biometric features, such as licence plate numbers and data documents. This helps the Hellenic Police to achieve fast and secure search and identification of people, vehicles and other objects. Furthermore, the devices allow the exchange of data between users, as well as a platform for recording incidents.

The security of the devices is achieved by using a special platform for remote management of mobile devices with capabilities for both data encryption and access rights management of the applications used. The Hellenic Police have an important role in this project, giving special importance to the organisation and coordination of the technology. The Hellenic Police also follow the goal of improving their operational capabilities and providing quality security services, always with respect to legality, transparency and respect for individual rights.

The use of smart devices in the activity of the Hellenic Police will increase the efficiency of management models, improving its services. Moreover, the data collection is more accurate and faster, especially in cases of regular and mass inspections. Therefore, the efficient use of data contributes to the prevention, detection and suppression of serious, dangerous and organised forms of crime. This also leads to immediate detection and identification of suspected vehicles, people or objects involved in various forms of crime.

The Smart Policing project helped the Hellenic Police to effectively use smart mobile devices to carry out incident and crime checks, to identify people, vehicles and objects in real time. The access to many databases facilitated the control of third-country nationals who have violated the legal length of stay in the country. As this contributes to overall security of the country, the project benefitted the citizens of Greece, as well as population of the European Community and third-country nationals.

For the first time in Greece a single information retrieval system is being developed, which provides both a fixed workstation environment and a mobile device environment. At the same time, the architectural implementation of the project allows future additions and adaptations of new technological possibilities, such as interconnection with homogeneous information systems.

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