Map Intelligence empowers an Australian police force with new crime-fighting tools, by putting spatial visualizations of complex data within the reach of non-technical police officers.

 

"Users simply click on an icon to visualize the data in a geographical context straight away. That simplicity is what makes the difference."

John Weippert, Director of ICT, Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

 

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Challenges

- Analysis of criminal activity

- Limited in house spatial (GIS) programming skills

- Geographically dispersed community

Results

- Instantaneous access to geospatial analysis to assist critical decisions and underpin crime prevention strategies

- Leverages investment in existing Hyperion Business Intelligence system and MapInfo GIS

- Robust production ready systems are built in hours

- Reduced need for dedicated GIS skills and elimination of much hand coding. 

 

Technical Features

- Web Services on a Telco proven Service Oriented Architecture

- Two-way ‘round trip’ between BI dashboard and MapInfo map for fast results

- Drill-down from both the data and location perspectives

 

 

As part of a drive toward intelligence led policing, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) group of Australia’s Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) has established a technology framework to assist its 1,000 strong police force with intelligence gathering and analysis to support crime investigation and prevention.

Over the past two years, the ICT group has developed an effective reporting and analysis framework, based on a Hyperion Business Intelligence (BI) system and the PROMIS (Police Realtime Online Management System), an Oracle/SQL Case Management system. A separate MapInfo Geographic Information System (GIS) provides spatial analysis but it has been underutilized in day-to-day crimes analysis and operational planning.
The missing piece of the puzzle has been a way to combine the BI & GIS analytical strengths without needing to outsource or employ personnel with specific niche programming skills.
“We needed a solution that would provide a more user friendly, more widely available solution,” said NTPFES Director of ICT John Weippert. “We were already aware of Map Intelligence through our use of the Hyperion Dashboard Builder and we asked Integeo if they could tailor the product to our requirements.”


Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) uses groundbreaking system that marries the strengths of GIS with Business Intelligence

In today’s demanding world of crime prevention, there is a growing expectation that technology can and should help protect citizens from petty and more serious crime by anticipatory policing enabled by timely and accurate information.
The Northern Territory Police implemented Map Intelligence, from spatial systems developer Integeo, in early 2005. From day one, the system has allowed analysts with no specialist programming skills to create interactive geospatial applications that help the force formulate strategic approaches to combat crime.


The system has enabled NTPFES, one of Australia’s most innovative police and emergency organizations, to leverage its significant investment in business intelligence (BI) and spatial (GIS) systems.


The Integeo system underpins the move toward intelligence-led policing, across an area twice the size of Texas, from Darwin at the Top End of Australia, to Alice Springs in the country’s Red Center.


Most police services around the world would require a high degree of in-house GIS skills to create complex spatial applications. These Australian police analysts are quickly creating powerful decision-support applications from the contents of digital dashboards, leveraging NTPFES expertise in both Hyperion Business Intelligence systems and MapInfo spatial analysis.


Even better, they can also easily relay this visual information to officers in the field for immediate action via the web interface. The Police Tasking Coordination Group uses Map Intelligence in daily team meetings, and in weekly reporting to Regional Commanders, to help shape strategic and operational responses.

John Weippert, Director of ICT for NTPFES, said that the ability to overlay information from a variety of sources onto maps of the Territory has proven invaluable to better understand local and regional crime trends and analyze traffic incidents.


“Map Intelligence allows our police officers to click on an icon in the Hyperion dashboard whether on their desktop or wireless networked in the field, and straight away they have the geospatial view of their data. That simplicity is what makes all the difference.”

Leveraging the telco background of its parent company, Forge, Integeo is a world leader in geospatial systems built to a Services Oriented Architecture. This has enabled Map Intelligence to be the leading geospatial BI product. Integeo CEO Peter Rossiter said that the NTPFES implementation demonstrates that users don’t need to understand the technology to be able to use it effectively to solve extremely complex problems.


“Today’s police intelligence environment involves large amounts of data from multiple sources synthesized into meaningful visualizations and the Integeo implementation team is proud to be assisting an innovative police force to meet this increasing complexity,” Mr Rossiter said.


“Map Intelligence creates a powerful platform for business decision making that has simply not been available before now to anyone but the most technically accomplished.”

 

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