IT Collaboration Launches Vision To Tackle UK Crime

LONDON, United Kingdom – At Government Computing 2002 today, a collaboration of six leading IT companies, E-Justice, launched a video to outline their capability and vision to fight crime. The video demonstrates how IT could be used by the Police Services to further improve prevention, detection and conviction rates, monitor suspected criminals and increase the speed and success of operational activity.

The ten-minute video is a response to Home Office objectives for the Police Service to deliver improved performance, best value and increased efficiency through proven, integrated and complete solutions.

Key spokespersons from the six companies will unveil the video, together with John Newing (retired ACPO President) all of whom will be available to answer questions.

The collaboration comprises: EDS, Microsoft, Baltimore Technologies, Symbol Technologies, Petards Emergency Services and Advantage Business Group.

The video presents a case study whereby criminal intelligence is built up by electronically recording and sharing securely accessing a range of electronic records, allowing investigators to pre-empt the crime. The video also demonstrates how mobile IT solutions would allow the Police Services to track the movements of criminals more effectively and improve apprehension rates.

The collaboration’s aim is to demonstrate how joined-up-justice can be achieved using technology and integration expertise that is available today when used as an overall ‘end to end’ solution. It portrays a suite of technology solutions from each of the member companies operating in unison.

According to Robert Reeve, Client Executive, Police Systems at EDS and spokesman for the group: “IT is not being used to its full potential to fight crime in the UK. We produced this video to demonstrate what can be achieved using today’s technology. This is an excellent example of the supplier community working together to help solve the real challenges facing the Home Office.”

The recent launch of Project Valiant which is a joint ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and PITO (Police Information Technology Organisation) strategy for information systems for the Police, illustrates the requirement for proven, integrated and complete solutions covering the full spectrum of police activity. To receive a copy of the consortium’s video please contact: Glenna Dean on 01276 415120.

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