SAN DIEGO, Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Monday at the 123rd
annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference and
exposition in San Diego, Microsoft
Corp. and its partners showcased innovative solutions that
demonstrate how the cloud and modern Windows devices are
transforming the way law enforcement engages with citizens,
improves communities and enables more effective first response.
Microsoft has the largest compliance portfolio in the industry,
and is committed to providing law enforcement, public safety and
justice organizations with cloud services they can trust. To date,
nearly 6 million users in all 50 states and federal government
agencies use Microsoft Cloud for Government, which is specifically
designed for use by U.S. government customers.
Compliance is a commitment, not a checkbox. As of today,
Microsoft commits to the applicable Criminal Justice Information
Services (CJIS) controls and has signed CJIS agreements in 23
states. Microsoft supports law enforcement agencies across the
country to take advantage of Microsoft Azure Government for
sensitive and mission-critical law enforcement needs, helping
customers and partners increase security while reducing the cost of
compliance. In addition, Microsoft is the first hyper-scale cloud
provider to achieve ISO 22301 certification, which ensures that
Microsoft Azure applications are backed by the highest government
standards for business continuity and disaster preparedness.
"Government and law enforcement agencies across the United States are turning to Azure
Government for the end-to-end cloud solution they can trust, for
the security and compliance they require," said Michael Donlan, vice president, U.S. state and
local government for Microsoft. "Our cloud powers real-time,
intelligence-led, first-response capabilities that enable law
enforcement to do more, and achieve more, for the citizens they
serve — today and into the future."
Genetec Inc. uses Azure to provide real-time video streaming,
cataloguing and storage for its cloud-based video
surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS), Stratocast. In January, the
Detroit Police Department (DPD)
launched a new program called Project Green Light, an effort to
reduce violent crime in the city. Over an eight-month period,
dozens of local businesses were equipped with Genetec's
high-resolution indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, and video
feeds managed by Genetec Stratocast were streamed live back to DPD
headquarters. The data was stored using Azure. When a 911 call was
received from a participating location, police inside the Real Time
Crime Center could instantly pull video from the location's cameras
to begin evidence-gathering and send pertinent information, such as
suspect description, to responding officers. In September,
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that Project Green Light
has led to a 50 percent reduction in violent crime at stores, gas
stations and other businesses that have installed the systems.
"The cloud-based technology has made it possible for us to
instantly access surveillance video, which allows us to respond
faster than ever before to robberies and potential violent crimes,"
said Chief James Craig, Detroit Police Department. "In one situation
we were able to catch a suspect in just two hours because we had
that real-time access and strong, actionable intelligence when we
arrived on the scene."
Predictive policing solution provider PredPol chose Azure
Government for its high level of compliance, security and
exceptional support of international customers that require local
datacenters. PredPol's cloud-based solution uses a unique algorithm
to predict places and times where crimes are most likely to occur,
based on criminal behavior patterns and three key historical data
points: type of crime, place of crime, and date and time of crime.
PredPol maps are automatically generated for each police shift to
help officers focus on areas where they have the best opportunities
to prevent crimes from occurring. Officers in departments around
the world are using PredPol to help prevent crime, in some cases
reducing targeted crimes by double-digit percentages.
At IACP, PredPol announced that the Mountain View Police Department has deployed
the solution on the Azure Government cloud platform. "We chose
PredPol and the Azure Government cloud platform because of
PredPol's proven results and Microsoft's long track record
supporting secure solutions for law enforcement," said Max Bosel, chief of police of the Mountain View Police Department in
California. "We are confident that
meeting future policy requirements will be seamless."
Demonstrating at IACP what's possible today, the Microsoft
patrol car is equipped with industry partner solutions built on the
intelligence-led first response platform, effectively making it a
"mobile precinct." First introduced at IACP 2015, the updated
patrol car is outfitted to showcase Windows 10 software and
devices, as well as new technologies focused on creating two-way,
real-time communication between officers, records management,
command staff and the public, using Azure. The patrol car includes
solutions — all of which are available today — that help break down
information silos in law enforcement, ensure compliance, and bring
essential, actionable data into the hands of first responders in
real time. This year, some of the technologies featured in the
Microsoft patrol car include the following:
- Drones for situational awareness. The Aeryon SkyRanger
drone and AeryonLive, a web-based application, allow real-time
video to be streamed from drone-mounted cameras, providing
up-to-the-minute situational awareness both to officers on the
ground and commanders located anywhere with internet access.
- 360-degree video and analytics. The Getac Veretos Mobile
Video System is an in-car video recording system used to capture
all activities in and around the law enforcement vehicle as they
occur, including up to 360-degree video coverage. With Veretos
Cloud, Getac's Evidence Management solution enables all-digital
videos or images captured from in-car, body-worn or other police
cameras to be uploaded to Azure Government for browsing and sharing
via a web browser. This includes robust metadata management and
analysis tools, providing command with a proactive approach to
- Robots for reconnaissance. A small, lightweight but
powerful robot from ReconRobotics Inc. can be easily deployed and
remotely controlled by patrol officers to provide real-time
information to decision-makers.
- Live video streaming. With technology from Dejero Labs
Inc., live video from body-worn and in-car cameras, drones,
and robots can be streamed to any authorized individual anywhere
with an internet connection.
- Body-worn video camera solutions. These solutions are
typically utilized by law enforcement to record their interactions
with the public or gather video evidence at crime scenes. Body-worn
cameras in the patrol car include those created by Getac Veretos,
Taser/AXON, VIEVU LLC and others.
These Microsoft and partner solutions, law enforcement stories,
and more will be shared at IACP. Microsoft will present sessions
titled, "Cloud Best Practices for Law Enforcement," "Leveraging
Modern Technology for Better Incident Response," and, together with
partners and law enforcement customers, "Transforming Communities
Through Intelligence-Led Policing." More details on Azure
Government can be found by checking the facts at Microsoft in
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