What is Interpol’s I-Core Project that Got $1.1M in Saudi Funding

July 18, 2023

Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with Interpol to contribute $1.1 Million to its Project I-Core. Interpol’s I-Core (International Capabilities for Operational Relevance) is a 10-year-long program aimed at ensuring seamless global police information flows, using innovation and technology.

Saudi Arabia’s funding will be disbursed to Smart Case Messaging and Biometrics projects over the course of three years.

INTERPOL Secretary-General Jurgen Stock and the Head of Saudi Arabia’s National Centre Bureau Colonel Abdulmlk Ibrahim Al-Sogiah, signed the agreement.

General Secretary Stock thanked Saudi Arabia’s contribution as it would allow Interpol to access high-quality data when needed bridging the security gap.

On this eve, Colonel Abdulmlk Al-Sogia stated that Saudi Arabia’s interior minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif Al Saud, in his directive stressed upon the significance of digital transformation for law enforcement.

He said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia actively supports the I-CORE program, which focuses on staying up to date with digital transformation and leveraging artificial intelligence.”
Interpol’s I-Core requires funding of EU 80 million. Apart from Saudi Arabia, Germany, and the Netherlands have also contributed EUR 5 million and EUR 1.2 million, respectively to contribute to Interpol’s digital transformation.

How Interpol’s I-Core Used Technology to Combat Transnational Crime

I-Core is based on the use of advanced technology and artificial intelligence to improve police data sharing. By improving the quality and quantity of hits, it aims to make the police messaging process more efficient while helping in better and accurate identification of criminals.

The following are two main I-Core projects using advanced tech tools to improve cross-border intelligence sharing.

Biometrics for Frontline Policing to Fight Criminals

Biometrics enables secure and automated identification of criminals in the cross-border context. As criminals and terrorists move from one jurisdiction to another by using forged documents, their identification remains a challenge. By adopting biometric technologies law-enforcement agencies like Interpol can check travel and identity documents to identify criminals in a better way.
Biometrics for frontline service will utilize Interpol’s I-24/7 communication infrastructure and will be shared with respective Interpol in each country through mobile devices.

The solution will enable border control authorities and front-line law enforcement authorities to identify criminals against global criminal watchlists.

Smart-Case Messaging

Smart-Case Messaging which is part of Interpol’s I-Core, is a web-based platform that utilizes artificial intelligence to make messaging process more effective.
Along with national case management solutions, smart case messaging can help maximize information exchange by minimizing information loss. The project which allows for interoperability with national systems will improve data accuracy and help Interpol solve transnational crimes in a better way.