4 Factors to Consider When Investing in Technology

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

Paul Rosenzweig, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security explained at the International Association of Chiefs of Police the four factors to consider when investing in a new technology for your police department. In this blog post we will explain how PredPol addresses these four factors.

1.) Cost

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PredPol’s pricing follows our continued pursuit of simplicity and intuition. There are no hidden fees, unlimited users, and a yearly flat rate. PredPol requires no new hardware, no storage or data fees, and a dedicated 24-hour support staff. Deployment happens in matter of weeks with about 5 hours cumulative set-up time, and comprehensive and intuitive training with your staff.

2.) Determining and Managing Expectations

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Data is stored in the cloud and at the fingertips of officers and analysts 24/7. Data is updated daily and automatically, which simplifies data collection and storage allowing more time for analysis and direction of resources.

3.) Planning for Privacy

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4.) Security Implications

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Using PredPol’s prediction boxes means preventing a range of selected crime types based solely on your past crime data of what, when, and where. No personal data is collected, which eliminates concerns of profiling. PredPol ensures your data’s security with a combination of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard, a specification for encryption of electronic data established by the United States federal government) and RSA (a public-key cryptosystem used for secure data transmission). This combination creates a “direct line” to PredPol’s prediction servers, allowing the data pipe and PredPol’s prediction servers to communicate freely without the threat of interception.

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