We hear a lot these days about the latest cybercrime – hacking data, Trojan viruses, and more. With the threat of our online safety every day, it can make it harder for us to trust technology.
But just as technology can be used to commit crimes, it can also react or prevent them from happening. The answer is technology, our hidden weapon. Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning mean that technology has a growing role in law enforcement. The best news for those who have been victims of crime is that technology goes one step further and helps predict crime to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Police officers increasingly recognize the need for high-performance connections, providing real-time access to the applications needed to check the validity of a driver’s license, for example, In France, the national Gendarmerie and the National Police equip their troops with safe tablets, connected to smartphones, provided by Orange Business Services and Sony. Certified by ANSSI (National Agency for Secure Information Systems), systems provide users with encrypted communications and secure mobile applications. Documents are shared in a secure private cloud.
As technology is used to commit high-level crimes, law enforcement officials and law enforcement agencies are increasingly using technology tools to fight crime. To keep the community safe and to protect human life, the criminal justice industry must use the software on edge, tracking systems, and more.
The IoT era allows us to fight and prevent crime in a way that has never been seen before. The distribution of data from various sources in various industries provides unprecedented information on where crime is likely to occur. Hitachi’s software that predicts crime, for example, uses instant intelligence to speed up large amounts of data from an incredible range of data sources such as CCTV cameras, traffic maps, weather reports and social media feeds.
It then predicts when crime will be most prevalent in one area. What makes this technology different is the machine learning part, which means that data is the only one responsible for calculating predictions, removing any human perceptions about what information is most important to predict and prevent crime. From this data and forecasts, heat maps have been created that point to known crime hotspots in all cities, allowing resources to be deployed to prevent crime, rather than fighting crime.
Those who study criminal justice today are at the forefront of life-saving technologies. Here are some of the exciting technologies that play a crucial role in the criminal justice system today.
Making Maps Technologies
Geographic Information Systems programs, remote sensing systems, and data mapping allow law enforcement agencies to focus more on intelligence, crime analysis, emergency response and police.
Mapping technology uses real-time data to detect crime, depending on the type of crime. They can detect hot spots and activity patterns, which allows them to focus on investigations and improve crime prevention. The practice of mapping data is not new; in fact, meteorologists have been doing it for decades.
However, forensic justice experts now have a data map, giving police departments and state agencies a clearer view of the area with the types of crime and the magnitude of crime taking place in the area. This benefits the judiciary because it tends to be reversed in specific areas; drug rings are an excellent example of how a data map can be useful to the police. It also helps the police identify community problems and allows them to implement effective strategies to help reduce crime.
Five years ago, we didn’t have apps on our smart phones; let alone crime prevention or reporting. People are already using their phones to take pictures of crime and send anonymous messages to the police. This use of independent reporting will only increase as mobile applications are developed to make it easier.
Amazing technological advances when available through official channels, this technology can provide law enforcement with a clear picture of the suspect’s pre-crime, timed, and post-crime movements. For those who are innocent of the alleged crime, technology can save them from the trial; for those who are guilty, the power to track down this common phenomenon can shut down their future.
Although mobile devices are an excellent way to report crimes, most people do not have access to them. Most people have computers; people can access the internet from libraries, such as submitting anonymous advice to local police departments or the provincial government. It is one way to empower a disenfranchised community from the “victim community” to the solution’s active part.