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      BC Police Fight Crime with Entity Analytics

      Nov 10, 2010
      In an effort to cut duplicates in their records-sharing platform, Vancouver-based Police Records Information Management Environment Inc. (PRIME) Inc announced it will start using IBM’s entity analytics.
      In an effort to cut duplicates in their records-sharing platform, Vancouver-based Police Records Information Management Environment Inc. (PRIME) Inc announced it will start using IBM’s entity analytics.

      “Combating crime in British Columbia relies on a province-wide records-sharing system that, despite being successful for catching crooks, suffers from a duplication of data,” said the general manager of PRIME.

      Currently, British Columbia has approximately 4.5 million records in the system, but only four million citizens, explained Russell Sanderson to ComputerWorld Canada at IBM’s Information On Demand conference. "So that means every citizen has had a police contact? I don’t think so,” said Sanderson.

      PRIME BC operates as a service provider for the records management technology for all law enforcement agencies. Since 2003, more than 9,000 officers use the system to share reports about individuals they’re trying to identify and other persons of interest. 

      With assistance from IBM’s InfoSphere, PRIME BC will now be able to identify duplicates in its Master Name Index that resulted from clerical errors and suspects lying about their identity. Early analysis on nearly 500,000 records indicates that there is a 25% duplicate rate.

      “This concept of having one record for each individual is great in theory but the problems are people do not end up always being forthcoming with who they really are,” said Doug Plaxton, a business development executive for IBM’s InfoSphere, to ComputerWorld Canada.

      http://www.itworldcanada.com/ViewArticle.aspx?url=bc-police-fight-crime-with-ibm-entity-analytics
      http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Government-of-Canada-Introduces-Legislation-to-Fight-Crime-in-Todays-High-Tech-World-1344949.htm

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