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Virginia Police make use of uReveal data analysis platform

IxReveal : 18 December, 2009  (Application Story)
Robust functionality of IxReveal's law enforcement data analysis platform brings win at Alexandria Police Department in Virginia, USA
IxReveal has announced that the Alexandria Police Department (APD) in Virginia is the latest law enforcement agency to utilize its uReveal platform for analysis of unstructured and structured data. IxReveal Chairman and CEO Charles Clarkson said, "APD has an outstanding reputation for technological innovation. As an important part of the metropolitan Washington area," he added, "Alexandria also offers an ideal venue for demonstrating the unique analytic and data-sharing capabilities of IxReveal's patented technology."


Mary Craige, APD's Chief of the Technology, Data and Analysis Division, said "uReveal is a vital component in our drive to stay cutting-edge. There's nothing comparable on the market with that kind of robust functionality for simultaneously mining large quantities of structured and unstructured data. We have quite a mix of data," Craige noted. "Almost all of our narratives are electronic so we need tools that can effectively look for key concepts and phrases - showing trends, patterns, and series. We're using uReveal for all crime data, field interviews, arrests, accidents, and calls for service," she added.

Another major incentive for APD was the unique capacity of the uReveal platform to securely share data while it is being dynamically processed. "Sharing is absolutely imperative as so much crime in the metropolitan area bleeds into other jurisdictions" said Craige, and it "would be great if we had a regional type of uReveal application for everyone's data."

In addition to crime analysis, APD also has special homeland security concerns due to its location in the national capital region. Supervisory Crime Analyst Joe Ryan noted that "Alexandria has extensive bus and subway lines, historic sites, and very close proximity to Washington's Reagan National Airport. We're excited about uReveal's potential for significantly enhancing our homeland security work."

"I sometimes felt guilty before," he added, "as I knew something was falling between the cracks. We now have the ability to routinely search bulletins from Baltimore to Richmond and run them against our own data and concepts - and to quickly share our findings with law enforcement agencies throughout the metropolitan region. We don't want to miss any ball."

"Our uReveal start-up work is focusing upon concept development," he added, "but the time required to prepare some analyses such as gang reports already has been cut to less than half with superior insights and results. Even more dramatic results are anticipated in the near future as we refine our concept base," he predicted.

"uReveal's unique "plug-in" technology "integrated easily with our existing systems and runs very fast," said Ryan. "Before we were too narrowly focused on criminal incidents," he noted, but "now we're constantly looking for new data to throw into the system since we have the engine to make certain we have all relevant information." According to Ryan, "a big selling point is that uReveal works effectively with data that is not as 'clean' as we'd like due to variations in how officers fill out narrative and structured fields. Now we're quickly able to produce effective analyses, instead of just relying upon trailing and training officers to achieve absolute uniformity. The time an analyst spends finding patterns and trends is most critical,' he noted, and "uReveal maximizes the effectiveness of this time and frees us to be really creative in how we're cooperating."

Clarkson explained that "uReveal links crime and intelligence analysts by easily integrating with existing IT infrastructures, quickly enabling them to exchange important indicators and warnings at the concept level through a simple web portal or email. Agencies monitor their own data, but the indicators, warnings, and alerts can be readily and securely available to all participants," he noted, "thus sharply increasing quality and efficiency without security risks. uReveal empowers crime analysts with insights from very diverse data that has even included graffiti, tattoo patterns, and girlfriends' names." As a result, said Clarkson, "our technology is helping to protect communities against a broad range of threats such as criminal gangs, burglaries, muggings, sexual predators, and hate crimes."
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