Information on Demand Conference 2007 -- Day 3: Big NYPD Blue
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 2:00 PM PST
"Freeze. Get down on the ground and put your hands up, NOW!"
Oh, hey there. I was just practicing my inner New York cop.
I'm all jazzed from the second half of this morning's presentation by Rubin Beltra, who runs the New York Police Department's Office of Information Technology.
Beltra was asked by NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in 2004 to put together a plan that built on the success of the NYPD's renowned "COMPSTAT" application and would assist NYC detectives in investigating and catching criminals.
When Beltra started the project, he and his team had some major obstacles. NYPD had 90 plus internal computer systems, many requiring separate log-ins, etc. Many were also still paper-based.
How do you connect the dots when you can't even connect the systems?
Using business intelligence and data mining tools, including OLAP cubes, reporting tools, and mapping technology, NYPD partnered with both IBM and Cognos to build the "Real Time Crime Center," or "RTCC."
With the RTCC, the NYPD is now able to better serve and service its 8 million NYC resident, its 4 million tourists and commuters, its 830,000 criminal complaints, and its 200,000 cases requiring investigation every year.
As Beltra explained in his talk, RTCC provides a "one-stop shop" for detectives, allowing them to do everything from look for pattern matching to searching around a specific location.
So the next time you're thinking about knocking off that second bank on Park Avenue wearing the Dallas Cowboys helmet and furry pink gloves...well, just know there's a good chance somebody other than Dennis Franz will be putting 2 and 2 together and showing up at your domicile with a search warrant and some nice, shiny handcuffs.
Meanwhile, you can learn more about the NYPD solution here.