Staqu, Gurgaon-based Artificial Intelligence start-up has been selected to assist Dubai police in reducing the crime rate, with its AI-powered predictive policing technology. Staqu made its way to the top slot, out of the 677 applications received by the Dubai Future Foundation from across the globe.

As a Gurgaon based Artificial Intelligence start-up, Staqu strives to utilize technology in solving the real-world problems. Founded in 2015, the company provides state-of-the-art image recognition, language independent proprietary speaker identification, and text processing, including sentiment analysis, text classification and summarisation.

With its prime focus on AI research, image processing, deep learning, computer vision and NLP, amongst other revolutionary technologies, Staqu has created VGrep API suite, offering virtual search engine and a hybrid recommendation engine.

Staqu was handpicked by the British High Commission as the Best AI Start-up in the country. Furthermore, triumphing at IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program, Staqu has successfully raised investment from Indian Angel Network.

Dubai Police is aiming for a 25% reduction in violent crimes by 2021. It is further intent on integrating artificial intelligence with its current programs and databases, in order to provide analytics and statistics that would support the decision-making process, hence enabling quicker response time in emergency situations. To the same accord, the police authorities of Dubai were looking for adept tech partners. Staqu was amongst the 4 start-ups that were finally selected to work with Dubai Police on their challenging and revolutionary set of challenges. Following 9 gruelling weeks of intense scrutiny, Staqu, along with another US-based start-up emerged victorious, finally signing the MoU with Dubai Police.

Commenting on the most-recent triumph, Atul Rai, Co-Founder & CEO of Staqu said,

“We are extremely humbled to be selected by Dubai Police in its strive for reducing crimes in the city. We started Staqu three years ago, with the vision of solving real-world problems with the help of Artificial Intelligence. We are spell-bound at receiving this opportunity to empower policing with Artificial Intelligence based solutions in Dubai as well. We are forever grateful to the Dubai Police, His Excellency Chief Commander Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, for showing this much of faith in us and look forward to fully assisting the police forces with our AI powered solutions.”

Activities of police forces on ground zero have been fraught with several challenges like identifying criminals or predicting criminal activities based on heuristic data. The activities further suffer due to a lack of adequate technology that can extract and connect, in real-time, an extensive range of unstructured, disparate and heterogeneous data attributes from criminal records. These data attributes could be grouped under three categories: image, speech, and previously recorded non-uniform text-data. It is not feasible to utilize currently available simple software algorithms in computing such complex data structures. Staqu solved this problem with its proprietary, advance hybrid AI technology which amalgamates different neural network models to process image speech and text to extract meaningful information that aid in decision making.

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