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Indian court system contemplates replacing hardware-based videoconferencing with Skype

March 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Mustafa Plumber / DNA

Skype - a freemium voice-over-IP service and instant messaging, which is used by people across the world to connect with their love ones would soon be used by the Maharashtra prison department. This would be done to produce undertrials before the court in the wake of low police escort personnel availability leading to delay in criminal trials.

A trial run was conducted at the Arthur Road jail and Taloja prison, linking both the central prisons via Skype. The internet-based programme is mainly pegged against the present method of producing undertrials through video-conference to reduce the telephone bills.

A state home department official said, "Skype is a cost-effective service and we already have had a discussion with the National Informatics Centre, to work out a way to ensure that there is no third party intrusion in this service being used by the department."

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