Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mapping Crime Tendencies in Australia

Computer World posted that the Australian Crime Commission is seeking to map crime tendencies across Australia. According to commission documents, the maps would be created through geographic information systems (GIS) and vector mapping software supplied by a panel of providers.

The panel would provide geospatial imaging and support that would "assist with the identification and exploration of crime themes and patterns within Australia and in particular allow for comparative analysis of states and territories as well as suburbs”, the document read.

The software would also allow users to create custom map layers for the department's requirements, which could ideally then be exported to publicly available mapping applications such as Google Maps, Street View and Microsoft's Bing Maps.

The five year contract, to begin in June this year, includes the software, detailed local and international vector and raster maps, as well as consulting and support services throughout the contract.

The software would have to work on the department's existing fleet of Citrix-based thin clients and be compliant with existing Oracle databases. The software would be deployed on 64-bit servers running Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as SPARC-based Solaris 10 servers.

The Defence Imagery & Geospatial Organisation (DIGO), a division of the Department of Defence, developed geospatial and imagery intelligence services for defence purposes in 2000. It offers geospatial products to other Commonwealth and State government departments. It is unknown, however, whether the Australian Crime Commission will consider these products as part of the panel.


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