The Registration Department launched the CARD (Computer-aided Administration of Registration Department) Project at 214 Sub Registrar Offices (including 2 pilot sites) in 1998-1999 with an expenditure of Rs.22.7 Crores. Later it was extended to another 25 SROs in the year 2001 with an expenditure of Rs.3.7 Crores including strengthening and upgrading of the "C" category S.R.Os and the remaining 148 Sub Registrar Offices were computerized in the final phase.
Computerization in the department was first taken up in the year 1988. In phases, offices at Hyderabad Central, Hyderabad North, Hyderabad East, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda and Head Office have taken up computerized transactions on Unix operating system with Unify database. This system has become out dated. It was proposed to shift the operating system to Windows NT with Oracle database, which is an advanced system. A proposal was initiated and a detailed study of computerization of the department was done in the year 1997.
e-Cops was conceptualized by the Andhra Pradesh Police to computerize the total policing by utilizing State-of-the-art technology which is catapulting the AP Police into speedy processing, increased efficiency, transparent policing and better interaction with the citizens of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh Police has taken a lead in computerization in various fields of police functioning. The State is a pioneer in developing an automatic fingerprints identification system, which has greatly enhanced the quality and speed of investigation. For the first time in the State the recruitment results were processed with the aid of computer and developed Software. The State is also taking a lead in computerizing the records of the Department at all levels from Police Station to Police Headquarters. Decision was taken to fully computerize and network the Police Stations, Circle Offices, S.D.P.O offices and District Police Offices to reduce delay and enable officers to analyze crime, disseminate information, access records, etc. In the field of Police administration, critical areas have been identified leading to the development of e-Computerized Operations for Police Services (eCOPS) Application Software.