DB2 Helps San Francisco Take Bite Out of Crime
Built upon IBM's DB2 technology, CrimeMaps tracks crime patterns in an effort to help San Francisco police recognize potential threats.The city of San Francisco will join IBM on Wednesday to unveil CrimeMaps, a new application designed to simplify how local police officers track crime patterns to help alert the public of potential threats in the area. One year in the making and built upon IBMs DB2 technology, CrimeMaps is available to only specially trained officers and analysts at the San Francisco Police Department. The application, which partly stands for "mapping analysis for public safety," is funded through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The software allows officers to use a Web browser or desktop PC to search for a certain type of crime, committed at a specific time, and also change variables based upon their needs, said Erich Seamon, GIS manager for the city of San Francisco.