:::: One-line Brief//
Tapping a smart device summons a police unit that is fully aware of the given situation.
:::: Inspiration from Nature//
Bacteria (Pelotomaculum Thermopropionicum) cannot synthesize energy on its own so it develops an interlinked community where links are the channels of food, waste, and energy.
:::: Problem Statement//
All training and technologies of the policing system come down to immediate response. If the culprit manages to flee the crime scene, the whole point is lost. All the follow-up investigation is because of the inefficiency of the system in the first place then. Crucial time is wasted in the traditional system in the following two activities:
1. Identification of crime.
The 911 dispatcher system is an obsolete method because it adds an extra step of informing the police. As soon as the crime is committed, the closest police officers should be prompted automatically.
2. Location of the crime scene.
Despite all satellite technology and ground tools and whistles, the police still have to make too many decisions on the ground. The interconnectivity of police automobiles is limited either by jurisdiction or by resources. Police cannot cast an infinitely dynamic net around a crime scene. Because if this started happening, calculations would be too many for computers and officers to process. A whole new policing model needs to be devised.
:::: Nature Review//
There is a species of bacteria (Pelotomaculum Thermopropionicum) which depends upon an external source of energy to complete its nutritional cycle. The bacteria cannot synthesize energy on its own so it starts developing a community with internal linkages that are interlace with alcohols from its surroundings. These links become channels of energy (and waste) and a token of their collective survival. In order to have an efficient policing system, the existing model needs to be reimagined in the reflection of this process.
:::: Technology Review//
The new paradigm must be supported by three pillars of technology. Firstly, the discernment of bacterial strategy. The potential for direct interspecies electron transfer has already been discovered (please, see the technology montage below). The deeper we understand the natural system, the lesser superficial approach ours will be. Secondly, micro-level research and development on the scale of app and crime i.e. how to make the app intelligent and secure enough to replace 911. Present law enforcement apps (shared below) are nothing more than databases or virtual tours and they are not designed for the element of urgency. Furthermore, they are not a part of a larger, autonomous system which Forms our third pillar of technology. The proposed nature gadget app would be connected to a CBD (Central Business District) of Artificial Intelligence. Video feed from surveillance cameras of the city along with other sensory input must converge to the AI headquarter. So the net around the crime scene is not based on the geographical location of the officers, but on the outcome of a more sophisticated algorithm. Such an urban headquarter would essentially be the brain of the system so it needs to be able to learn and improve itself constantly from the patterns of the crime.
:::: Nature Gadget//
Smart devices come with a law-enforcement app that only needs the user’s access. The app can cast tiers of police net around the device. Officers forming the closest net, receive video input from a central AI headquarter. And they can close in on crime scene without wasting precious time in verbal communications.
This nature gadget is an essential law enforcement app for smart devices (phone, watch, etc.). As soon as a crime takes place (1), the app becomes activated (2-4) and automatically establishes a link with at least three police officers (8), encircling the crime scene. Secondary and tertiary tiers of police net spread outward with reducing levels of urgency (11-13). Officers forming the net are linked to a central command AI system of the city, which provides them with video footage from nearby cameras and similar input. An urban-scale machine learning algorithm determines which police resources should be engaged in which activity around the city.
:::: Citation Montage//
The following technologies helped in designing the systems for this nature gadget.
Row1Column1: Electron Transfer in Syntrophic Communities of Anaerobic Bacteria
Row1Column2: Closeup of How Bacteria Sprout Nano-wires to Pass Electrons
Row1Column3: How Bacteria Hook Up to Share Energy
Row1Column4: Energy Transfer Genes
Row2Column2: Potential for Direct Interspecies Electron Transfer
Row2Column3: Central Carbon Metabolism
Row2Column4: Coyote Case Protects You from Thugs
Row3Column1: Gurgaon Police’s Women Safety App
Row3Column2: Nigerian Police App
Row3Column3: Pocket Sergeant
Row3Column4: Evidence-based Policing
Row4Column1: Top Ten Law Enforcement Apps
Row4Column2: Police Radar Detector Application
Row4Column3: Virtual Police Station
Row4Column4: Delhi Police Initiative on Virtual Assistance
Created by Umair Zia