Crime fighting data, software move to the cloud
- By Derek Major
- Jun 22, 2015
Police departments across the country can now get cloud access to more than a billion law enforcement documents to help them uncover relationships and patterns when investigating crime.
For the past 20 years, IBM’s COPLINK has helped law enforcement agencies mine existing data stores, visualize and analyze crime data and access multiple data stores through one system. Now that resource is moving to the cloud.
IBM i2 COPLINK on Cloud can help law enforcement agencies identify leads with search capabilities that can process partial information on license plates, tattoos or nicknames, IBM said, as well as on location, crime type and motive with instant access to all available information.
The cloud service gives officers access to as citations, court documents and field interviews via desktop, in-vehicle mobile data computer or smart mobile device connected to a TCP/IP network -- without the need for ongoing software and hardware support. The cloud-based model also enables law enforcement agencies to avoid a high up-front capital expenditure, the company said.
"Placing law enforcement technology on the cloud changes the game for the industry because agencies of any size can access shareable documents across state borders," said Maj. Dermot Quinn of the Massachusetts State Police. "Having a tool that gives law enforcement officials the ability to solve crimes quicker can transform the way we protect our communities.’’
IBM i2 COPLINK on Cloud, hosted at Nlets -- the International Justice and Public Safety Network -- gives agencies access to advanced analytics from law enforcement data as a service in an environment compliant with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services standards.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.