IBM is collaborating with Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to develop police operation plans with big data analytics in a move aimed at helping the city monitor and prevent crimes.
Company researchers will work with Fort Lauderdale to analyze data sources such as 911 call records, crime data, events, public transportation, code regulations and building permit activities, IBM said Thursday.
The analysis project will use pattern recognition, causality analysis and anomaly identification tools with the goal of helping the Fort Lauderdale Police Department schedule resources and protect the citizens.
“The challenge of ensuring the safety and protection of the community with a shrinking budget isn’t unique to Fort Lauderdale,” said James Lingerfelt, IBM public safety manager for Global Smarter Cities.
“We’re entering a new era of police work where advances in technology are providing us with an additional tool to use in our crime prevention efforts.” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley.
IBM intends for the police chief, command staff and officers to use information and models to gain situational awareness and view trends.
The analytics tools are also intended to help officials develop patrol plans, provide information about crime factors and identify demands.