New technologies have changed our lives in the last 10 years. Thanks to technology, we can benefit from the latest advances in security. The analysis of “Big Data” is also becoming increasingly important in the fight against crime. In addition, scientists and engineers are developing improvements for cars that would help drivers to such an extent that crashes would become increasingly rare events.
Identifying crime with technology
China is looking to develop software that collects information from potential attackers to prevent violent incidents. The idea is to create a platform that shelters data such as work, hobbies, consumer habits and other people, to develop a profile of possible extremists and avoid episodes that threaten the security of the country.
The FBI has a biometric identification program that includes facial and iris recognition systems as well as a state-of-the-art fingerprint system that have increased facial recognition accuracy from 92 to 99 percent.
The Chicago Police introduced ShotSpotter, an audio recognition technology that allows you to detect shots. This will give police dispatchers and officers a more accurate reading of exactly where a shooting is being recorded and how many shots were fired.
This technology has also been used in cities like San Francisco with the aim of reducing crime. Another strategy to reduce crime is a decision support centre for the police, in which intelligence will be combined with the analysis of data from the crime lab.
The use of new digital technologies will allow the police to create new channels of communication with citizens to obtain information that help them solve investigations, focusing on three main areas:
Sharing data: A broad concept of information, including data from other agencies rather than islands of information. By sharing information across departments police should have more data at their fingertips, allowing them to make better decisions.
Analytics: A rigorous analysis of the digital information received from citizens will allow the police to access important data to prevent crime and successfully complete investigations. It should also allow them to highlight problem areas and hopefully prevent crimes from happening, rather than just reacting to crimes when they happen.
Citizen Portals: According to a survey, most citizens are inclined to use a portal or website. These portals can facilitate communication between citizens and police so that citizens can contribute more and better to public safety. It is vital in a lot of instances that this sharing of information is anonymous as it will encourage more citizens to report what they know.
Preventing car accidents using technology
Technology can also be used in order to make our roads safer for drivers, for example: there is a technology that, through GPS, detects if the driver is entering one way street from the opposite direction and activates an audible and visual alarm. In addition, an alarm is triggered which informs the rest of the vehicles and sends a signal to the central traffic. This system is currently only available in premium vehicles, such as BMW.
Contiguard, a system created by Continental Tyre Company, seeks to create safer intelligent vehicles, in addition, it has incorporated a new method to prevent traffic accidents through the detection of objects, which is done through the installation of two cameras with sensors.
This system can also predict the trajectory that the object will follow, alerting the driver in case their trajectories could cross. The system also has the ability to brake the vehicle in case the driver does not react, so you can stop the car to avoid an accident.
Such technologies will continue to develop over the coming years with the rise of autonomous cars, but for now there are technologies that can help human drivers to make better decisions whilst they are on the road.