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Evidence on demand - Police service rich media collection service utilizing data grid technology Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021234D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 79K

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A description of a system that allows the collection of evidence by a police force provided by a number of sources. This system allows for rich media to be made available for an 'event' whereby the holder of the rich media does not need to send it in its entirety to the police force. It is only retrieved when needed. The collections of references to the data is held by the police. Retrieval is either direct one to one, or in a more complex environment the device holding the data forms part of a virtual data grid.

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Evidence on demand - Police service rich media collection service utilizing data grid technology

The police and emergency services have to deal and respond to citizen initiated reports of crime. Up until now many of the forms of reporting have simply involved eye witness accounts transcribed by an officer. In an increasingly connected and rich media world a number of technology developments mean that citizens are capable or collecting many other types of incident evidence, such as digital photos on telephones, video, location specific references from GPS tracking etc. There is no single system to enable these items to be logged and categorized in a way that allows for both incident investigation, and potential follow ups of reports that may not have initially been related to an incident. e.g. suspicious activity. The problem to be solved is how to integrate all the various types of digital data collection in a simple way to encourage citizen involvement, to provide faster turnaround on investigations and allow for proactive policing.

    The solution is a system that comprises a data format that allows information to be passed to the police force. The system allows multiple devices and methods to create a handle to some information. This may not involve sending the entire information to the police, but an abstract, image thumbnail etc. The system also allows the collation of these pieces of information. The end result is that each digitally connected device on the system effectively becomes part of a data grid. It advertises its services to the police and a particular case that needs investigating will gather together, via grid services all the data it needs. However, a tertiary system can also be used.

    The core part of the system can also be used as a descriptor for Of Interest XML this describes the data, and classifications of how it might be used such that it can be kept centrally by the police and interrogated or data mined. Once a case is identified those relevant references in OIXML can be gathered together and each originator can be contacted to gather the more detailed elements of the information.

     A description of the OIXML is below, the types are a flexible list representative of the sort of elements that would be found in a request

OFINTERESTXML <Statement owner handle> reference data </Statement owner handle> <Statement Type> <!--Use the statement type to show the potential different information needs-->

     Crime report Suspicious Activity Post crime information Offer to assist future...