CISF To Track And Analyse Social Media Chatter To Beef Up Security At Airports

| October 23 , 2017 , 13:21 IST

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will track social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube to check suspicious activities using data analytics for monitoring security at airports, nuclear bases, and other vital installations.

The CISF has formed a special team that has been trained to track social media trends, news, reports, and indicators across various platforms, collate them and disseminate them as "actionable intelligence" to various airports and sensitive installations.

The CISF has created a 'media lab' and a Pattern Research for Institutional Social Media (PRISM) unit at Arakkonam, Chennai for the same purpose. The platform, developed by the IIT Delhi, is already being used by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Mumbai police to keep a check on security issues.

As per reports any social media post indicative of a threat towards the units covered by the CISF or any potential harm that a force personnel would inflict upon self or others will be red flagged and forwarded for action. The platform will, to an extent also help the Central Force in averting any potential case of suicide in the force.

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The project is meant to "keep an eye on whispers echoing in the corridors of these institutions which can act as a preventive mechanism," CISF Director General O P Singh told the media. The team will monitor, profile and analyse social media platforms and take timely action through coordination with various agencies to successfully prevent any attacks on airports and strategic installations.

The mechanism will be used at the airports first and after its success it will be replicated at other platforms like Delhi Metro. The central paramilitary forces also have plans to link 'media lab' to its Delhi-based WAR (web analytics and resolution) room.

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Apart from the tracking and monitoring, real-time collection of data can help in timely action by the security forces, thereby, reducing the chances mishaps.

Three months ago the National Security Guards had organized the first International Aviation Security seminar at its Manesar training facility with an aim f bringing all major stakeholders under one roof and facilitate them sharing views/opinion, discussions, brain storming with the matters concerning Aviation Security. 

Earlier last year a survey was conducted by the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) wherein, security of Delhi Airport was adjudged better than other international airports like Dallas, Heathrow, Paris and Dubai.