Guest post by Deepak Advani, IBM vice president, leading the IBM SPSS predictive analytics business.
“No use, Joker! I knew you'd employ your sneezing powder, so I took an Anti-Allergy Pill! Instead of a SNEEZE, I've caught YOU, COLD!” -Batman
Predictive Crime Fighting. Holy Intuitive Technology, Batman!
That sounds like something from a distant past when Adam West donned the long-eared mask and used his predictive powers to outwit the Joker.
Or, is it part of the high-powered technological weaponry that Christian Bale’s alter ego is armed with in the recent franchise relaunch?
Well, turns out it’s both.
Over the course of this year, IBM is unveiling its 100 Icons of Progress to mark its 100th anniversary. Among them is Predictive Crime Fighting, which stretches far into the past to the company’s early beginnings in 1930 when founder Thomas Watson Sr. first envisioned “World Peace through World Trade,” and it has remained a focus and tenant of the company that will span far into the future.
And, much like we’ve seen Batman’s crime-fighting utility belt evolve over the years, so has IBM’s predictive crime fighting, now super-powered by predictive analytics technology. Employing and advancing this technology and expertise is creating a smarter – and safer – planet.
Take these past and present evidential exhibits:
· 1963: New York Police Department enlists an IBM 1401 to record and track 5 million sets of criminal fingerprints, helping reduce fingerprint search time from days to minutes by allowing the simultaneous search of at least 100 sets of fingerprints.
· 1967: The IBM-designed Police Information Network (PIN) lets beat cops radio in license plate numbers for instant feedback on outstanding warrants or stolen-vehicle notifications tied to that license number – helping predict if a dangerous situation is eminent.
· Jump to 1994: IBM’s Crime Information Warehouse (CIW) Solution brings its knowledge of analytics to the new world of crime fighting improving police performance in solving crimes.
· Today and Tomorrow: From Chicago to London to Incheon, South Korea, municipalities are using the techniques of real-time information gathering (data and video) and predictive analytics to take the Crime Information Warehouse technologies to the next level.
· And, leading law enforcement agencies around the globe such as the Richmond Police Department are using IBM predictive analytics to predict trends, allocate resources and identify “hot spots” to reduce crime rates – including directed, high-visibility patrol and traffic enforcement, task forces, operations and targeted investigations. After deploying IBM predictive analytics, Richmond’s crime rates plummet – and so does the city’s dangerous city ranking – dropping all the way from fifth to 99th.
· Need some video evidence? Memphis Police Department is analyzing past criminal behavior patterns and then mapping their anticipated future occurrence, allowing for appropriate deployment of forces to effectively fight crime. After deploying IBM technology, Memphis reduces serious crime by 31 percent, including a reduction of 15.4 percent in violent crimes.
Through leading software technologies and services, IBM is helping law enforcement agencies around the globe enhance their “who-done-it” crime fighting techniques with an innovative 21st Century approach to thwart criminal activity, moving us closer to the World Peace Thomas Watson Sr. once envisioned.
So know this: Predictive Crime Fighting is real – not just a comic book or Hollywood fantasy of the Caped Crusader.