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Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Dynamic Panoramic is a column by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial. Mr. Stojic is a renowned geospatial industry expert who shares his insights into how geospatial information is increasingly being used to drive critical decisions in organizations of all sizes.

Enabling Real-Time Mobile Intelligence for New Zealand Police

March 13th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

For any police department, the ability to access, share and act upon the right data is critical for saving lives.  Much of this data is geospatially enabled to allow police forces to see precisely where activity is occurring and what type of response is taking place.

The New Zealand Police are deploying smartphones and tablets featuring Intergraph’s new Mobile Responder app to more than 6,000 frontline officers.

Linked to Intergraph’s industry-leading computer-aided dispatch software (I/CAD), the Mobile Responder app will help New Zealand field officers use smartphones to access critical information required for more informed decision-making.

In announcing this effort, the Prime Minister of New Zealand said that the mobile technologies would help police “access vital information that will help them prevent crime, catch criminals and protect New Zealanders.”

And this effort will have other significant benefits.  For example, the New Zealand Police estimate that officers will now spend more time in the field, reducing significant amounts of paperwork and increasing productivity by 30 minutes per shift.  This amounts to 520,000 hours each year or $304.8 million (NZD ) in productivity savings over 12 years.

In addition, the New Zealand Police will also further deploy Intergraph’s GeoMedia® Smart Client software, which integrates data from police communications centers into near real-time interactive maps, displaying information required by officers on and off field.

Implemented in collaboration with the New Zealand Police’s Communications Centres Intelligence Unit (CCIU), the solution shows current and historic events reported by the public and frontline police as colorful icons representing disorderly behavior.

Users are able to select layers of specific information, such as where patrols are located, what crime prevention activities have been carried out, and how often crimes occur at a particular location.

“SmartClient gives us real-time intelligence,” said District Intelligence Manager Jock O’Keeffe, in an interview with Ten One, the official New Zealand Police magazine. “It’s valuable to staff working in deployment, operations or intelligence but it’s relevant to anyone who wants better awareness of developing situations.”

GeoMedia Smart Client engages all users across an organization, enabling them to seamlessly integrate geographic changes into configurable workflows.

The key to being a forward-thinking organization is being able to empower a large base of users that work between rigid desktop GIS and light-weight browser-based GIS systems, which is exactly what the New Zealand Police is doing with GeoMedia Smart Client.

We also recently launched GeoMedia SmartClient 2013 as part of  Intergraph Geospatial 2013.  This new version allows users to make updates with waning or non-existent Internet connectivity, which is a challenge for organizations with a distributed workforce out in the field.

The New Zealand Police is the ideal case study of an organization using the right, nimble geospatial solutions for enhanced decision-making.

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