The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Thailand needed better tools for mining large sets of structured and unstructured data to improve investigation processes and reduce manual procedures.
The agency’s large data sets included more than 1 million records gathered from multiple sources in both structured and unstructured formats, such as images, videos, and documents. “It was very difficult to mine through the data, and the results were too broad with unclear targets,” says Police Colonel Yannaphon Youngyuen, Deputy Director of the Department of Special Investigation, Ministry of Justice, Thailand. “This often forced us to send personnel to the actual crime scenes, which cost us a lot of time and money.”
DSI implemented a big data solution based on Microsoft's platform and Apache Hadoop software to give investigating officers self-service business intelligence tools and data-management capabilities. With them, DSI has improved accuracy and shortened criminal case investigation time from two years to 15 days. DSI plans to implement its own private cloud to manage the security of confidential data. Learn more in the case study linked below.