The FINANCIAL — IBM on June 22 announced it is enabling law enforcement agencies of any size to access one of the world’s largest networks of law enforcement data comprising more than a billion shareable documents from the Cloud. IBM i2 COPLINK on Cloud applies analytics to vast quantities of data to help officials piece together seemingly unrelated information and generate investigative case leads.
For almost 20 years, IBM i2 COPLINK has transformed information sharing across more than 6,000 law enforcement agencies in North America, enabling them to uncover hidden relationships and patterns when investigating crime. Through the use of sophisticated analytics and “fuzzy searches,” even partial information such as a portion of a license plate, tattoo or nickname can be processed and used to help accelerate investigations. Geospatial mapping features can quickly create maps highlighting types of incidents such as arson, burglaries or prowling by specific dates or times of day, and location.
“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 Major Dermot Quinn, Major at 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.”
Now law enforcement agencies will be able to use IBM i2 COPLINK on Cloud to access data 24/7 via desktop, in-vehicle mobile data computer or smart mobile device — without being burdened by the need for an IT department to provide ongoing software and hardware support. The cloud-based model also enables law enforcement agencies hit by shrinking budgets and rising expenses to avoid a high up-front capital expenditure as they seek to use 21st-century crime-fighting solutions, according to IBM.
IBM i2 COPLINK on Cloud, hosted at Nlets –the International Justice and Public Safety Network – makes it possible for law enforcement agencies to affordably access and draw insights through advanced analytics from law enforcement data as a service in a security-rich and CJIS compliant environment.
“Access to the vast volume of law enforcement data hosted on the cloud can increase an agency’s ability to uncover hidden relationships in data, and also can help agencies establish crime patterns outside their own region and share information across jurisdictions using security features,” said Robert Griffin, General Manager, Safer Planet at IBM. “IBM’s decision to make i2 COPLINK accessible via the cloud enables the transformation of law enforcement to continue — now a department with 40 police officers can access the same data and analytics tools as a department of 40,000.”