IoT Solutions Provide Foundation for More Effective, Data-Driven Policing

As individuals ramp up the volume and kinds of data they generate, police need effective, automated ways to keep pace. IoT, AI, and robotic solutions are paving the way for cities to provide data-driven precision law enforcement. 

 

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Local, state, and federal law enforcement officials continue adding to AI use cases, working with data sources that may have previously been out of reach to reduce or prevent crime. In recent months, law enforcement agencies all over the world have deployed a variety of AI solutions that use IoT data sources and intelligence to fight crime. These include:

The Dubai police launched a “robocop” for surveillance and customer service. In addition to voice response capabilities, the robocop's touch screen lets users pay traffic fines. The unit also uses facial recognition to identify users and record calls.

The City of Huntington Park police department deploys Knightscope K5 autonomous security robots and reports a 46 percent reduction in crime reports. 

There are other ways technology is transforming police forces--machine learning intelligently parses data volumes that would crush mere mortals. Facial recognition technology helps police identify bad actors in big crowds. And blockchain technologies are being considered preventive tools with their ability to nearly eliminate money laundering or fraud.

Precision Data for Effective Policing

One solution for combating crime with tech is ShotSpotter, an end-to-end precision policing solution with gunshot detection and mapping functions, investigative case management tools, and patrol planning automation  ShotSpotter’s Precision Policing Platform™ helps local, state and federal law enforcement respond to, investigate and deter crime. It is currently used in more than 100 US cities.

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The technology suite embodies the company’s “precision policing” philosophy. It gives agencies access to timely and accurate intelligence, so the teams can more rapidly and precisely deploy resources to respond to crime, as well as proactively prevent it. The platform is data-driven and includes community protections and engagement opportunities to help improve police-community relations.

Combatting Attacks

The growing footprint of AI and other advanced technologies in law enforcement underscores the huge growth in data creation by machines, but also by individual users themselves, notes Kjell Carlsson, principal analyst at Forrester.

"We give off all this information so readily, whether through a mobile device, social media or the apps we use on mobile devices," he says. Combine that with affordable, abundant cameras, and throw in a software stack that scales and can manage multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets, and desktops. "It's all set up to make it easier than ever for law enforcement," he adds.

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