Monday, October 29, 2012

Predicting crime - a step towards a safer world?

Police officer, US 

Several police departments in the US are now using the IBM predictive analytics technology.

Want to catch a criminal? Prevent a crime? Technology may help - by predicting where crimes might occur.

A police officer glances at a screen displaying a city map - and one area suddenly starts flashing red.

Seconds later, the department receives data about an assault that is likely to happen there in the next few hours.

Patrols get deployed - just in time to stop the crime from happening. No-one gets hurt.

It might sound like a scenario straight out of the science-fiction film Minority Report, but predictive analytics technology to fight crime already exists.

Researchers are working on software that tries to determine which city areas are prone to crime.

For the rest of the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20068722

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