Live Earth is an advanced command center technology that fuses together a variety of disparate data sources in real-time and presents them on a common operational view. The public safety software was developed nearly a decade ago for the US military to bring a variety of data sources into a single view so that a two-star general could make decisions faster based on the way different data was interacting with one another.
Think of the variety of personnel at your agency that is responsible for each data source and their role interpreting that data while leveraging all the other data that you collect. How can you streamline this process and make faster decisions with the full picture in mind?
In this demonstration, we will show you how to bring a variety of data sources together on a common operational picture with configured alerts to give your officers the real-time location intelligence information they need to protect your community and solve crime faster.
In this demonstration, you are looking at Hartford, CT where a real-time instant occurred a while ago.
From the Live Layer tool, we can see several different activated layers that are filtered for the Hartford area. We can also see that as we turn visibility on or off, the dispatch icons will appear or disappear from the map. We can do this for any other layer, and we can also use our preference widget to open the layer and change settings for that specific data layer. Here, we can also add in a heat map or a few other features to provide enhanced visualization.
Let us talk about actual incident that is occurring here in Hartford. We are going to use our DVR controls at the bottom of the screen to hit “play” and start this scenario. We are going back in time to May of 2018. We use the “faster” button on the interactive timeline to speed things up a little bit. As we go forward, we notice a computer-aided dispatch event pop-up and when we click on it, we can see that it is a motor vehicle accident with an injury. We can then see the fire trucks begin to respond and we also to notice a bus moving south.
We pause here for a moment because we decided we want to change the size of that bus icon in our Layer Settings. To do this, we search for our bus layer, open the preference widget, find the icon size, and change it to medium. The bus is now the same size as the rest of our icons in a real-time situation. We show this example to acknowledge how quickly users can make customized changes to enhance their view.
As we hit play, you will notice that this bus comes down and its normal trajectory is to continue straight down through this accident. In this particular situation, the road is shut down so the bus is will need to be routed around the accident and in real time it is, and you see that it begins to start heading down Beldon Street.
This is important information because in this situation the suspect was seen fleeing from the scene of the crime in a north west direction, which is why you will notice some police cars fishing around looking for the suspect. It is also important to note the buses in this area may be a mode of transportation that the suspect jumped on as a means of getting away from the scene.
A little while later, we notice a red circle with the letter M pop up. This is a ShotSpotter gunshot detection event. It’s going to be followed by a computer-aided dispatch event. We click on the gunshot detection event and learn one shooter fired seven rounds and a second shooter fired four rounds. This was actually an officer-involved shooting which is why the gunshot detection events popped up first and the computer aided dispatch event came in a few minutes later (the officer needed to return fire before he was able to call it in). Next, we see several police officers descend upon the scene.
If we jump ahead in time to 6:20pm, we see that we get an additional data point popping up on the map. If we zoom in on this area, this is a social media post from a local news station. The actual news post is linking the vehicle accident from earlier with the shooting that happened.
Ultimately what Live Earth is doing is providing law enforcement the ability to see public data (such as traffic flow, traffic cameras, social media events, and more) and layer in their private data (such as their AVL, CAD, gunshot detection, LPRs, and more). Live Earth provides real-time situational awareness and location intelligence as scenes are happening. Making decisions from a common operational picture provides a holistic view of a wealth of information needed to make quick decisions and respond appropriately.
And another value add is the interactive timeline that gives law enforcement the ability to go back in time, recreate the scene, to understand what happened, and make adjustments to how they handle things differently in the future.
Officers can then analyze the situation with enhanced location intelligence and answer questions like:
- Who got to the scene of the crime first?
- How long did it take us to respond?
- Was this the best use of resources?
Live Earth is an advanced command center technology that presents millions of disparate data sources in concert of one another on a common operational picture.
“It’s situational awareness at a glance.”
–GIS Project Leader, Hartford Capital City Command Center
Think of all of the public safety software data you’re collecting, the independent screens that that data is presented on, and how much value it would bring to your organization to see all of that data interact with one another on an intuitive interactive map, then manage the real-time alerts that you’ve configured that notify you in real-time how your data layers are interacting with one another.
It truly answers the question what can you do with all your data?