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Law Enforcement Expanding Use of Next-Generation Analytical Technologies

POOLESVILLE, Md., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Visual Analytics, Inc. (VAI) recently announced the successful deployment of the Digital Information Gateway (DIG) server-to-multi-server capability to enable law enforcement and homeland defense information-sharing networks. Since the announcement last week, additional participants have joined in -- building rapidly on the success of the recent live demonstration at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

The New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Data Mining for Law Enforcement (DMLE) have joined the Philadelphia/Camden HIDTA and the Washington-Baltimore HIDTA in using Visual Analytics' DIG and specialized data mining and online data services. The project is in cooperation with the University of Maryland, National Institutes of Justice, University of West Virginia, and the West Virginia State Police.

Uniquely, the New Jersey, Philadelphia/Camden, and Washington-Baltimore HIDTAs and DMLE can now access, retrieve, analyze, and collaborate on information from a "Collective Knowledge Base" that includes distributed databases, documents, and web sites simultaneously -- enabling proactive analysis for these safety and law enforcement agencies.

Unlike other approaches, which require a centralized data warehouse where all information must be sent, the server to multi-server (S2MS) approach employed by DIG provides a secure, more powerful, maintainable, and cost- effective method for sharing data without the need for supercomputers, recurring costs, or extensive infrastructure expansion. Using DIG, information is always up-to-date, accounting logs can be locally checked, and access granted/denied on a moment's notice. Privacy concerns are virtually eliminated because all control remains with the agency. Furthermore, depending on the needs of the agency, the DIG system can be configured to return the actual data or a pointer-index for positive query results that keeps the actual data secure and hidden while providing a reference to initiate follow-up requests.

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