Can information technology be used to prevent and counter acts of terrorism? The question has gained utmost significance against the backdrop of the serial bomb blasts across Mumbais rail network.
Countries around the world use a wide range of technologies to both pre-empt terrorist strikes as well as investigate them. And India should do likewise.
So what would an ideal anti-terrorism technology system look like? In an intelligence work, information is the key. Getting the information at the right time and sending it out to the right people can go a long way in stopping terror in its tracks.
An ideal system would typically have three layers:
Access and alerts
In a city or a country, there are many security agencies such as the police, the railway police, the airport police, the Navy, the Army, etc who may have their own intelligence gathering systems. In addition, there is a huge amount of personal information that is held by banks, telephone companies, credit card companies etc. People also leave a trail of information when they transact.