Law enforcement officers, detectives, private investigators and military intelligence staff have used an increasing amount of technology over the years. Forensic fingerprinting arrived around 100 years ago, the first crime laboratories were established in the 1920s and the introduction of the two-way radio came not long after.
Modern policing technologies include in-car laptop computers, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems, drones and a variety of body-mounted equipment such as smartphones, cameras and GPS systems. With many of these technologies built to ruggedized standards, could the next weapon against crime be a softer software-based set of solutions? Big data for cops Galway, Ireland and Philadelphia-based company Siren thinks its approach to big data crunching could make a difference.
Author: Adrian Bridgwater