CTO on why your agency needs crime analytics software

Learn about the future of crime analytics software from public safety technology expert Carl Fulp


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By PoliceOne BrandFocus Staff

Police are collecting video evidence at a rate never seen before. Analytics is the key to sorting it all out.

Here, VION CTO Carl Fulp talks about the future of crime analytics software. (Image ViON)
Here, VION CTO Carl Fulp talks about the future of crime analytics software. (Image ViON)

Here, ViON CTO Carl Fulp talks about the future of crime analytics software and his mission today: getting the right technology products integrated into law enforcement systems.

How do you foster creative and innovative thinking within your organization?

My technology integration team is organized into departments and each one is focused on a particular solution area, such as our Visualization, Big Data or cloud products for crime analytics.

Our teams also work together to develop integrated solutions. That’s where ViON’s culture of teamwork serves us well because we are good at collaborating to solve our customer’s most difficult problems.

What do you look for when it comes to partnering with other companies on police technologies?

ViON is responsive to our customer’s needs and keep that in mind when choosing partners.

We partner with companies like Hitachi because they offer strong, forward-looking technology roadmaps that solve customer challenges.

Hitachi is a proven leader in applying visualization technology to improve public safety.

What made Hitachi Visualization stand out as a product that’s right for police agencies?

Our focus continues to be about using technology to keep our police safer. Robust crime analytics helps cops solve crimes.

We found Hitachi Visualization to be an innovative, end-to-end solution built specifically for public safety. The entire suite, the Hitachi Visualization Platform, includes its HV intelligent edge-capture devices and its HVS, an integrated cloud and mobile software platform.

This platform gets the right information into the right hands at the right time. It seamlessly provides situational awareness for first responders/police via a cloud-based application.

How does HVP help law enforcement officers do their job?

Like mentioned above, the HVS system can capture and correlate data from third-party disparate systems, such as muni Wi-Fi video cameras, gunshot sensors, license plate and facial recognition systems, NOAA weather alerts and even social media feeds.

This gives officers full situational awareness, so they can respond proactively to criminal activity, terrorism or public unrest

The best part is that all the data is displayed single display.

How does ViON deploy Hitachi Visualization?

As an integrator, ViON uses industry leading software and hardware components to meet each customer’s particular technical and operational requirements.

ViON can help small agencies manage their dashboard and body cameras and help large agencies integrate information from hundreds of sensors and data sources into a single platform for predictive analytics.

We help our customers scale their deployments and simplify management of the growth of video files and data.

As law enforcement agencies are called on to deploy more cameras, they are challenged with how to manage that video. ViON can help.

Why use the cloud?

The underlying cloud architecture is Microsoft Azure, a CJIS-compliant cloud architecture.

The hybrid cloud architecture allows HVS to easily integrate with third-party camera systems. The HVP gateway makes deployment simple. It handles all video and data captured along with workflow on premises.

This keeps the sensitive data where it lives currently without having to replicate across data centers or into the cloud.

Most important, the cloud facilitates getting information out to the police officers on the scene, so they have access to information.

How are the changes in video and analytics impacting your customers?

Communities increasingly rely on video to monitor public places and the interaction between officers and citizens. Video allows law enforcement to bring criminals to justice more quickly and enhances public safety.

However, communities and law enforcement agencies must have a plan to store and analyze the enormous quantity of video that is being captured from the thousands of cameras installed in a typical mid- to larger-size U.S. city.

That’s why our customers need a video storage and analytics system that can ingest all the video and correlate it with other sources like 911 calls to provide real-time situational awareness.

This includes body and dashboard cameras. In general there is an explosion of video and ability to store and archive.

Where will the industry be in 5 years?

We are currently on the leading edge of adopting predictive analytics.

As video cameras becoming commoditized, more police departments use them. This is true of sensors and other Internet of Things technologies.

Indeed, there will be more information available than ever to law enforcement. They will need a means to manage it, make sense of it and do it faster.

That’s where ViON can help.

For more information about crime analytics and how to manage video evidence, contact ViON

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