Centre to set up special units to monitor calls in each state

A special unit under the police department will soon be set up in every state capital across the country.

Last Updated: May 05, 2011, 17:45 PM IST

New Delhi: To monitor and intercept
"suspicious" telephonic conversations, a special unit under
the police department will soon be set up in every state
capital across the country.

"The Intelligence Bureau has taken up a scheme of
modernisation of the Special Branches in the states. One of
the requirements is the setting up of a Telephone Call
Interception System (TCIS) in each service provider, which has
been licensed for the state to legally monitor the calls as
and when required.

"The TCIS is needed in 30 locations all over India, in each
state and UT headquarters," a senior Home Ministry official,
quoting the draft proposal in this regard said.

It is proposed to set up a communications monitoring
facility in all state capitals with facilities to monitor
Voice Calls, SMS and MMS, GPRS and fax communications on
landlines, CDMA and GSM networks.

The system across all the states needs to be compatible
and inter-operable. The selected vendor is expected to supply,
install, test and commission the communications monitoring
facility in all the state capitals, on turn-key basis, the
proposal said.

According to sources, the interoperability clause has been
added by the Home Ministry while asking for the new
interception platform, as it can then be shared by various Law
Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in the states and various special
units like the Anti-Terrorist Squads (ATS) and Special Task
Forces (STFs) of the states, which are mandated to undertake
specific anti-terrorist and intelligence gathering targets.

The exercise is being taken under the police modernisation
scheme of the Home Ministry in which the central ministry
assists and funds new projects of various states.

The new interception platform, which is expected to be set
up in six months after technical bids are approved, boasts of
some very high-end snoop techniques for the investigators
monitoring suspicious communications.

The system should have integrated voice separation and
recognition system to identify suspect callers on the fly by
matching against suspect database and raising a flag on
suspect calls (both online and offline), one of the high-end
and specific requirements of the proposal said.

The (proposed) system should be capable of real time
monitoring and analysis of intercepted data of the target
subscribers and it should also be able to intercept all GPRS
(online Internet) transactions made from the target phones, it
said.

The system should be capable to intercept all 3G calls in
real-time made from the target phones, the proposal added.

PTI