App solves puzzles in NYC

TRENDS & TECHNOLOGIES that affect the way government does IT

We recently got word that the New York City Police Department had adopted a visualization program called Prochart from ABM America of Herndon, Va. The software went into the NYPD's Real-Time Crime Center to help mine data and find hidden or indirect relationships between incidents and offenders throughout the city.

Prochart is fairly widely used in Britain, where AMB's parent company is based (the company was a subcontractor to Motorola Inc. on the Real-Time Crime Center project). It takes data from computer-aided design and records management systems, and creates graphs and charts that illustrate links among people, places and events. The latest version of the software can also pull in various media types, including surveillance video.

NYPD CIO Jim Onalfo said in a statement that the new system allows for the 'graphical reporting of criminal incidents, including linking of descriptive details associated with the suspect and incident location.'

ABM makes a complementary law enforcement tool called Prophecy, which identifies data trends and patterns, such as high-crime areas on a map.

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