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Predictive Crime Fighting

A peaceful global community has always been a staple tenet in the IBM tradition. Thomas Watson Sr., the company’s first chairman, had a vision of “World Peace though World Trade” and traveled the world during the 1930s, promoting this agenda. By the middle of the twentieth century, IBM was acting locally and looking for ways to apply information technology to improve the safety and wellness of our communities.

These days, police departments around the globe are looking to “know what they know.” That is, departments generally have most of the information they need to perform their duties, but that information is not readily accessible, available or secure. IBM has been working closely with the law enforcement community to help departments collect, manage and deploy the vast amount of information at their disposal, in such a way that it can be accessed and used at moment’s notice.

Keeping Incheon’s Free Economic Zone free from crime

In 2009, IBM was selected to implement a public safety system for the 80-square-mile (209-square-kilometer) Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea. The system uses pan tilt zoom cameras, an analytics framework, meta-data structures, 30-times faster event searching, video storage, intelligent video analysis and monitor applications to help combat crime and even predict events by recognizing and analyzing certain data and patterns in real time. The IFEZ aims to become a hub for logistics, international business, leisure and tourism for the Northeast Asian region.

Data mining makes Richmond safer

In 2004, Richmond, Virginia, was the ninth most dangerous city in the US, according to annual crime rankings published by Morgan Quitno Press. The following year, the city climbed to fifth most dangerous. The IBM SPSS Modeler solution, which features inexpensive and easy-to-learn data mining technology, helped Richmond reduce its crime, dropping the city all the way from 5th to 99th.