"Dubbed Hitachi Visualization Predictive Crime Analytics (PCA), the system is able to process huge amounts of data from a variety of sources and then process it using machine-learning to establish patterns of potential violent behavior that humans might simply overlook."
"`A human just can’t handle when you get to the tens or hundreds of variables that could impact crime,` Darrin Lipscomb, an executive in Hitachi’s Public Safety and Visualization division, told the Fast Company..."
"`Blending real-time event data captured from public safety systems and sensors with historical and contextual crime data from record management systems, social media and other sources, PCA's powerful spatial and temporal prediction algorithms help law enforcement and first responder teams assign threat levels for every city block,` the company said in a statement."
"Hitachi’s system is scheduled for trials at police departments across a number of US cities starting in October."
The data revolution is poised to transform the way governments, citizens, and companies do business we have been told, and surveillance systems are already in place in the UK.
For instance, facial recognition hardware is now in use by Leicestershire Police and was used to scan the faces of 90,000 people entering the Download rock festival this summer. Where are the images ?
Glasgow has the largest Operations Centre in Europe and is using what the industry calls `soft biometrics` which track characteristics such as height, weight, body geometry, scars, marks, tattoos, and so on, in order to identify persons of interest. Subjects can be tracked at a distance.
NICE Suspect Search was introduced in Glasgow to find lost children as part of the Child Safe Zone initiative; but the name is a give away, suspect search. The system will be able to accommodate predictive technologies.
Glasgow has sound sensors strategically placed on posts beside pedestrian crossings - picking up conversations maybe ? Who knows ?
As it happens predictive practices have been used more and more in child protection cases, beginning pre-birth, and allowing babies to be removed from their families pre-crime.
The state also expects nursery workers to predict future terrorists.
Behind prediction science there are always fallible human beings, whether they are simply asked to use their judgement or whether they are expected to write the algorithms; it`s dangerous.