LAPD is using geospatial technology to revolutionize how it handles big events

Wed, 2013-10-30 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

A tool that gives police and/or other first responders who are in different locations the ability to see and contribute to a common geospatial view of a major event is being tested by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

As explained on the company's website, TouchShare Mobile Access gives all collaborators the ability to "simultaneously view and contribute to what other team members are seeing in real time and interact with rich, visual geospatial information (live data, 2D imagery, video, etc.) via any device. This allows all participants to easily and quickly see the 'big picture' for making better decisions faster."

An InformationWeek article notes that LAPD has been piloting a new 3-D collaborative platform that TouchShare expects to release in January.

"Right now, the way things happen, the military, police, fire, they all respond kind of the same way," said LAPD officer Chris Bouse in the InformationWeek article. "With the mobile shared connectivity, you can have a supervisor standing there and altering the map as things change in real time. The supervisor can say, 'this is the route our people need to take' or 'here's where we need to stage.'"

And Bouse sees possibilities for using the tool for predictive policing – identifying crime trends, for instance.

More on geospatial technologies…

Smart cities: Why it's location, location (and communication)


Get SmartCitiesNow, a weekly newsletter highlighting smart city trends, technologies and techniques from the Smart Cities Council.