00:01Where am I?
00:02A question we ask ourselves hundreds of times, if not more, in our lives, and probably a good...
00:08...number of you asked yourself, "Where am I?" on the way out here to Palm Spring to this hotel...
00:13...if this was your first time coming, or if you couldn't remember the last time you came here...
00:18...particularly as the hotel changed names since the last time.
00:23But, "where am I?" is a question that we answer frequently, and it can be as simple as this:
00:32Third rock from the sun, North America, United States, California, Palm Springs, Convention Center, Oasis Room.
00:42It can be as simple as, I need to get from the Oasis Room to the Mesquite Room.
00:46It can also be much richer and more complex than that.
00:51You can have a lot of different things go on in my former profession in law enforcement...
00:58...but basically we're a geographically oriented business.
01:04Think about what we do.
01:05Everything we deal with, criminals, locations, crime, events of different kinds, evidence...
01:11...everything is centered around geography.
01:13I usually challenge law enforcement audiences to find something that isn't.
01:17But, for years we've been pulling data like pulling teeth, and I want to take you on a very brief...
01:23...history of time and law enforcement information in the next few minutes here.
01:28I'm going to apologize to some of you because you're young and some of these devices you'll have never...
01:33...known of, because I started in law enforcement in the late sixties.
01:39And in the late sixties - I heard some laughs - in the late sixties, this was high tech.
01:46This is a punch teletype where you created a punch card.
01:50And you fed that punch card into the computer and then sent the information to Sacramento...
01:55...and if Sacramento was nice and you got all the punch card, all the punches right...
02:00...and you had it aligned right, they might send your message on to the federal government so you could...
02:04...get that answer that you needed.
02:07And as somebody said today, were there radios when you started?
02:10Yeah, Marconi was dead, and there were radios in the sixties when I started in police work.
02:14But we had in-car radios.
02:17We had a thing called a mimeograph.
02:18If we got a message that we needed to share, we had to retype that message, and then mimeograph it off...
02:25...to give everybody a copy.
02:27Fast-forward to the eighties now.
02:29In the 1980s we had portable radios on our hips now and we had a thing called xerography.
02:36We could actually copy things right there.
02:39But realistically, not a lot going on in computers.
02:43Our records were still hand typed, hand searched, hand filed.
02:49Very little computerized.
02:50Move to the 1990s.
02:52In the 1990s now, we're starting to do some different things.
02:57In the past, by the way, our mapping, the city public works map and the Chamber of Commerce map...
03:03...that was mapping for us.
03:05Now in the 1990s, we got into doing some GIS, mainly for analytics, but we also had advanced tremendously...
03:12...in the mapping side because we had Thomas Guides.
03:16And that was technology for us on the mapping side of mapping calls.
03:21We had a computer-aided dispatch system, albeit rudimentary, and we were moving on.
03:26Today, my former department has mobile devices, smart devices in their cars, a computer-aided dispatch...
03:34...that includes GIS, it has all of the modern accoutrements available, but you know what?
03:40We're still pulling information.
03:43What I want to tell you is with the challenges that are coming up now, with police departments' budgets...
03:48...and government budgets in general becoming tighter...
03:51...I found out last month that there's 10 percent fewer police officers today than existed 18 months ago in this country.
03:58So they gotta work smarter, they got to put people in the right place at the right time for the right reason...
04:04...and to do that we need to start pushing data to them; we need to engage in contextual computing.
04:11And what's the most important context in law enforcement?
04:16Sure, the devices are important, and the time is important, and all the other information that goes to it...
04:21...but contextual computing.
04:24The ability for us to understand where an officer has responded and tell them what's around them.
04:33What should they expect that location?
04:35They've been out there three times before, it's been domestic violence calls.
04:39There's a person that lives there on parole or probation.
04:42There's a sex offender lives around the corner, there's a gang that works the neighborhood.
04:46You should know of special events going on in the neighborhood, to be alert to that.
04:50We should have all of the information that deals with that pushed to us...
04:55...and be able to discern that information, use that information to provide for a safer response police department.
05:02The devices exist, the networks exist, the computing speed is there, and we have the data already...
05:09...we just don’t know how to push it.
05:11And you folks have the ability to do that.
05:14We have the ability to create a geographic understanding around all of the data that law enforcement collects.
05:22We have the ability to kind of engage in some transformational work that could help make police officers...
05:28...safer; in the same vein make cities safer, and also give the public more information...
05:35...because one of the basic tenets of community policing is sharing with the public that transparency...
05:42...of sharing with the public because if they understand your problems they'll become engaged...
05:47...and as Chris said, they'll become those citizen sensors that we need out there reporting things...
05:52...and also keeping us apprised of what we're doing right, and what we're doing wrong.
05:57So - I forgot a slide again, or two.
06:02I apologize for that.
06:05But these are the technologies that we've gone through, this is where we are today - we're with smart devices...
06:12...with smart information, and smart people out here in this audience.
06:16And what I'd like you to do is give you a heads up, because we can create that heads-up display of the future.
06:22We can make officers smarter on a mobile device.
06:25It may not be the same thing that Eric might see in his aircraft or his helicopter, but nevertheless...
06:32...a heads-up display on a smart device, and you folks have the ability...
06:37...to do that working with one another as partners.
Where Am I?
Lew Nelson, Esri law enforcement manager, discusses why location informatin is the most important part of smart applications that will safeguard our society.
- Recorded: Mar 6th, 2011
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- Published: Mar 29th, 2011
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