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Oct. 14, 2009 SDF Fighting Crime

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On October 14, 2009 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop the SDForum Emerging Tech SIG presented “Fighting Crime: Information Chokepoints & New Software Solutions” SIG Chair Ron Lichty introduced speakers Ron Mayer of Forensic Logic, Shane Rapp of COPsync and Ron Stein of ShotSpotter. Text from DJCline.com

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I expected the future of crime fighting would be something like the film Minority Report. It is not even close. Instead I was surprised to learn that known criminals are on Facebook, essentially putting out their own wanted posters. As usual, police have to keep up with the times. Law enforcement works best when getting the right information in time. Traditional detection and analysis are simply not able to meet the flood of information facing police. Emerging technology offers ways to not only solve crimes but prevent them. Text from DJCline.com

Ron Mayer, CTO of Forensic Logic explained how to improve data integration for crime prevention and prediction. A police force can be as small as one small town sheriff or a huge big city police department. Each jurisdiction has its own way of keeping and retrieving records. Sharing this information is complicated by proprietary systems and different data format standards. His company works to speed up the sharing and analysis of this data. The results are dramatic maps showing entirely new interpretations of data providing fresh insights to solving crime. Text from DJCline.com

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Shane Rapp of COPsync combined his computer and law enforcement experience to speed the collection and sharing of timely information with officers in the field. COPsync can give the location of patrol car and its relationship to crime scenes. It can identify dangerous suspects and alert nearby officers for backup. A police chief can better manage and deploy limited resources. It can increase communication across jurisdictions in emergencies using not just voice but text to mobile devices. I confess my favorite part of the software was the symbol library where you can choose what sort of animal was involved in the ccident. It needs a duck or goose icon. (don’t ask). Text from DJCline.com

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Ron Stein of ShotSpotter showed how effective triangulating shots fired can quickly locate criminals more accurately than a human calling the police. Their software can differentiate between all sorts of urban noise to pick out not just gunfire but what kind of gun. The good news is that it can be applied in the battlefield. Once again mobile devices are increasingly deployed. Text from DJCline.com

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What amazed me is how resourceful these companies are. They want their software to work on laptops in a patrol car or even a cell phone. They use Microsoft SQL-Server. They are adapting IT technology and using it in new ways. Text from DJCline.com

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