by July 8, 2010 0 comments

The courtroom trial of the lone surviving member of the terrorist group behind the 26/11 attack was unprecedented in ways more than one. The infamous Ajmal Kasab was tried in a special court that gave its verdict 17 months after the catastrophic event. Despite of his inhumane crimes, the spirit of Indian democracy shone bright as he was tried in a fair manner in a civil court with complete transparency. Hence, the world media had its eyes on the trial throughout. The case was unique in the sense that it was the first time a terrorist had been apprehended alive, in action. A huge police force backed by special infrastructural facilities and the latest surveillance technology was tasked with looking after security issues. The case, being among the most important ones in recent memory, had its share of people working diligently behind the scenes to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Pune based Scrum System was selected in providing for carrying out the profiling and badging of the various associates involved in this historic trial. Labourworks, a popular application developed by Scrum System, was used for this purpose. Originally designed for the purpose of managing temporary workers, Labourworks uses a biometric signature verification to authenticate a person based on the ultimate proof of identity — a fingerprint.

Labourworks was used extensively by the management of the Taj Palace Hotel well before the attack. The same system was also installed at the office of the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai for managing visitors. This had created a feeling of familiarity with Labourworks among the Mumbai Police and thus, they trusted the system to aid them in maintaining strict vigilance over everyone attending the court room trial at Author Road Jail. Everyone visiting the court room, right from journalists to the Indo Tibetan Police Force (ITPF) were scrutinized through this system and issued an ID Card. The card was packed with a variety of complex safety features to help avoid counterfeiting and forging. This ID Card along with bio-metric verification was used for attendance in the courtroom. Certain complex algorithms and pattern generation techniques were specially introduced for this particular project. However the details regarding the same can not be disclosed for security reasons.

Recently Mumbai Police have issued an appreciation letter to Scrum System for successfully executing this project.

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