Microsoft and São Paulo government partner to release crime monitoring system


On Wednesday, Mariano de Beer, general manager of Microsoft Brazil, announced that Microsoft and the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, have deployed Detecta, an intelligent system for monitoring crime.

The governor of the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, has deployed Detecta, an intelligent system of crime monitoring for use in his jurisdiction. This tool, jointly developed between Microsoft and New York City, uses cutting-edge technology to improve police work. In New York City, this technology has been used for counter-terrorism efforts, as well as other types of crimes. This is the first time that the tool will be used outside of New York City. The first results of the deployment are expected to be seen four months after implementation.

"This system will allow a leap in the quality of the police investigation and also prevention and patrols," said Fernando Grella Vieira, Secretary of Public Security. "Detecta is a pioneering system, and I am certain it will be used in the future on a national scale, integrated with other states."

Detecta unites the most modern technologies in the area of computing: Big data (which stores and processes large amounts of information) and business intelligence (which allows data processing for specific pre-determined purposes). The Data Processing Company of São Paulo, Prodesp, will manage the servers.

In the same way that modern search engines operate on websites, this system indexes large amounts of police information and creates automatic associations between the data. For example, if a suspect flees in a red car and only part of the license plate is known, the system can be configured to locate all vehicles with that partial license plate number that share the same color, and display the locations on a map. The nearest police patrol car will also be alerted about the incident.

Officers can access the system through computers, notebooks, tablets and smartphones – everything under the command of Copom (center of military police operations), Cepol (Center for civil police communications and operations) and Ciisp (integrated Center of public security intelligence of the State of São Paulo).

"This project is an opportunity for Microsoft to collaborate with innovative police management models based on the use of technology. The pioneering spirit of the Government of the State of São Paulo to adopt a system that was implemented successfully in New York, will be an important ally to combat crime and provide more security for citizens," said Mariano de Beer, President of Microsoft Brazil.

During the first three months, three actions will be carried out simultaneously: the adaptation of the system to Brazilian standards, with translation and adjustments for units that are used; training for the system’s first users; and implementation of the system. In the fourth month, the alerts of 10,000 patterns of crimes that have been committed in New York City will be adapted to the needs of the São Paulo police.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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