Predicting Crime With 21st Century Tools and Experience | SmartPlanet
Predictive policing is a concept that has been emerging over the course of the last few years that brings together crime analytics tools, crime fighting technology, intelligence-lead policing, etc. to provide agencies with the insights they need to develop strategies and tactics to reduce crime. It’s about centralizing what they already know about crime and coupling that with other information (including an officer’s experience and knowledge) and analyzing it to be able to “predict” where and when crime is likely to occur.

Predicting Crime With 21st Century Tools and Experience | SmartPlanet

Predictive policing is a concept that has been emerging over the course of the last few years that brings together crime analytics tools, crime fighting technology, intelligence-lead policing, etc. to provide agencies with the insights they need to develop strategies and tactics to reduce crime. It’s about centralizing what they already know about crime and coupling that with other information (including an officer’s experience and knowledge) and analyzing it to be able to “predict” where and when crime is likely to occur.

How Big Data Can Boost Weather Forecasting | Smarter Planet Blog
Last September, when Typhoon Sanba smashed into the Korean peninsula, it packed winds so strong that they sent rocks flying through the air like missiles and caused massive power outages.
Increasing evidence of climate change worldwide is prompting governments and scientists to take action to protect people and property from its effects. 
IBM Research scientists are taking the lead in bringing the most sophisticated data analytics to bear on weather forecasting. Their long-term weather analysis project, called Deep Thunder, combines data with sophisticated mathematical algorithms and  computing power.

How Big Data Can Boost Weather Forecasting | Smarter Planet Blog

Last September, when Typhoon Sanba smashed into the Korean peninsula, it packed winds so strong that they sent rocks flying through the air like missiles and caused massive power outages.

Increasing evidence of climate change worldwide is prompting governments and scientists to take action to protect people and property from its effects. 

IBM Research scientists are taking the lead in bringing the most sophisticated data analytics to bear on weather forecasting. Their long-term weather analysis project, called Deep Thunder, combines data with sophisticated mathematical algorithms and  computing power.

Using Data to Keep Peace | The Atlantic
There is no proverbial silver bullet to creating a safer city, but analytics technology is assisting law-enforcement agencies all over the world to sort through information—part of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data we create and consume every day—to get ahead of crime. Having access to all that information is an invaluable resource for law enforcement agencies, but it can also be pretty paralyzing. After all, only a fraction of the bits and bytes can actually be relevant, right? But how do you know, and, more importantly, how do you find and act on it?
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Using Data to Keep Peace | The Atlantic

There is no proverbial silver bullet to creating a safer city, but analytics technology is assisting law-enforcement agencies all over the world to sort through information—part of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data we create and consume every day—to get ahead of crime. Having access to all that information is an invaluable resource for law enforcement agencies, but it can also be pretty paralyzing. After all, only a fraction of the bits and bytes can actually be relevant, right? But how do you know, and, more importantly, how do you find and act on it?

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An App that Sees and Prevents Future Traffic Jams - Technology - GOOD
Anyone’s smartphone can caculate the shortest distance between two places and even recommend a route to avoid traffic along the way. But what about an app that helps prevent traffic jams before they begin? That’s the premise of Greenway, a new program for Windows Phone that plugs its users’ locations, destinations, and speeds into an algorithm to figure out where and when traffic jams are likely to occur. Then, it provides a route to steer cars away from those roads. The route is called, appopriately, the “Greenway,” and it’s optimized for traffic, time, and the amount of gas used based on data about where other drivers are headed at the same time.
As cofounder Christian Brüggemann told Technology Review, the app factors in data about a street, like the number of lanes and speed limit, to calculate the maximum number of vehicles it can handle before bottlenecks. Then the app redirects cars from busy streets so they don’t tip past their carrying capacity. A Greenway user’s phone will send updates to Greenway almost constantly so the app can redirect on-the-fly if its led a driver into a jam.
So far, the approach seems to be working. In a computer simulation of 50,000 cars, Greenway  users show up at their destinations twice as fast as non-users. And they only burn up one fifth of the fuel. In Munich, a pilot group of a few dozen drivers is trying it out in real life.

An App that Sees and Prevents Future Traffic Jams - Technology - GOOD

Anyone’s smartphone can caculate the shortest distance between two places and even recommend a route to avoid traffic along the way. But what about an app that helps prevent traffic jams before they begin? That’s the premise of Greenway, a new program for Windows Phone that plugs its users’ locations, destinations, and speeds into an algorithm to figure out where and when traffic jams are likely to occur. Then, it provides a route to steer cars away from those roads. The route is called, appopriately, the “Greenway,” and it’s optimized for traffic, time, and the amount of gas used based on data about where other drivers are headed at the same time.

As cofounder Christian Brüggemann told Technology Review, the app factors in data about a street, like the number of lanes and speed limit, to calculate the maximum number of vehicles it can handle before bottlenecks. Then the app redirects cars from busy streets so they don’t tip past their carrying capacity. A Greenway user’s phone will send updates to Greenway almost constantly so the app can redirect on-the-fly if its led a driver into a jam.

So far, the approach seems to be working. In a computer simulation of 50,000 cars, Greenway  users show up at their destinations twice as fast as non-users. And they only burn up one fifth of the fuel. In Munich, a pilot group of a few dozen drivers is trying it out in real life.

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge: About the Challenge: Johannesburg, South Africa
In Johannesburg, the IBM team developed a five-year public safety strategy in line with the city’s 2040 vision of a smart city. During the three-week project, the team conducted an intensive review of existing initiatives and operations — key resource challenges, such as funding, expertise, and inconsistent business community support were identified, along with execution challenges and structural challenges. Five key safety elements were identified together with details of how crime prevention and investigation, asset management and infrastructure safety, crisis and emergency response, community education and engagement, and governance and integrated intelligence would integrate into a single roadmap for comprehensive community safety.

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge: About the Challenge: Johannesburg, South Africa

In Johannesburg, the IBM team developed a five-year public safety strategy in line with the city’s 2040 vision of a smart city. During the three-week project, the team conducted an intensive review of existing initiatives and operations — key resource challenges, such as funding, expertise, and inconsistent business community support were identified, along with execution challenges and structural challenges. Five key safety elements were identified together with details of how crime prevention and investigation, asset management and infrastructure safety, crisis and emergency response, community education and engagement, and governance and integrated intelligence would integrate into a single roadmap for comprehensive community safety.

Technology  Review: Follow the Smart Phones

A service launched last week by Skyhook Wireless will make it possible for other businesses to predict, with new accuracy, which local bars will be hot at 8 p.m. on Monday night, or how many people will walk past a particular billboard poster at noon on Friday.
via techspotlight:

Technology Review: Follow the Smart Phones

A service launched last week by Skyhook Wireless will make it possible for other businesses to predict, with new accuracy, which local bars will be hot at 8 p.m. on Monday night, or how many people will walk past a particular billboard poster at noon on Friday.

via techspotlight: