India has embarked on the high road of automation. The Kerala State Police claims to have created history by becoming one of the world’s first and the very first police force in the country to induct humanoid robots.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday inaugurated the humanoid police robot at the police headquarters in the state.
Kerala: CM Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated KP-BOT, first humanoid police robot in India, yesterday in Thiruvananthapuram. The robot will perform duties of the front office of police headquarters. It'll receive the visitors & direct them to different places according to their needs. pic.twitter.com/GySUw6RYZ5
— ANI (@ANI) February 19, 2019
It has been named KP-Bot.
Chief Minister Vijayan welcomed the Sub Inspector (SI)-ranked robot into the service with an honorary salute and the ‘RoboCop’ responded with a perfect salute.
The KP-Bot will be deployed to perform duties of the front office of the police headquarters which means that it will receive visitors and direct them to different places as and when required.
Director general of police (DGP) Loknath Behra said that the aim was to introduce technology into policing.
“Women empowerment and gender equality were kept in mind while deciding on the gender of the first robot. Also, the fact that most front office jobs are managed by women was considered,” the DGP said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Deputy of police Manoj Abraham, who is in-charge of cyberdome, said that the first robot inducted into the force is a woman.
The visitors can directly interact with the SI-ranked KP-Bot. The robot is equipped with facilities to fix appointment with officers, provide them with identity cards and also open new files based on their grievances.
Just like other police officers, the RoboCop is capable of identifying higher officials and greet them with a salute.