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Philadelphia PD Goes Big with GIS

Matt Ball on March 7, 2013 - in Emergency, Planning

Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) now have one of the largest public safety Geographic Information System (GIS) implementations in the country. Twenty four servers power an Esri ArcGIS Server and Microsoft SQL Server based application environment that helps the PPD keep its officers and citizens safer.

A picture is worth more than a thousand words when it comes to policing – it might be worth someone’s life. With the new application the PPD can see things they couldn’t see before. If they rebuilt a park or added more street lights, did the crime rate go down? Is the burglar they just arrested likely to be involved in these other 12 burglaries over here? The PPD used the application to great effect during the occupy movement as well.

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Matt Ball is founder and editorial director of V1 Media, publisher of Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping and the video news site GeoSpatial Stream.

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