High-Priority Technology Needs: Enabling Informed Decision-Making
Through collaboration and consultation with practitioners, NIJ has identified high-priority technology needs for the criminal
justice field, including the following aimed at enabling informed decisionmaking:
- Effective and instantaneous, user-transparent, operable and interoperable voice, data and multimedia communications under
all circumstances, including:
- Wired or wireless networks.
- Vehicular (including aerial) or foot-mobile.
- In areas with limited or no terrestrial communications infrastructure.
- At the dynamic data rates needed for effective law enforcement operations, including video transfer.
- Mobile hybrid technology for wireless broadband data that seamlessly locates the best route and operational band under any
circumstances, across multiple networks with varying attributes.
- Advanced in-building communications that do not rely on pre-existing systems.
- Improved spatial analysis tools and technologies, including:
- Improved data management and analytical tools compatible with the mobile and handheld computing devices used by criminal justice
- Tools to analyze the geographical linkages of relationships among people, groups and organizations of interest to criminal
- Exploratory spatial and temporal data analysis visualization tools that examine data in new and unique ways or that extend
current capabilities of exploiting crime-related databases.
- Mapping tools that make geo-coded data available and compatible with the mobile and handheld computing devices used by law
- Tools that provide 3-D geo-coding and mapping for large buildings, including those with no electronic computer-aided design
- Tools that identify and extract relationships hidden in large, complex, law enforcement agency datasets and implement crime
theories in a geographic information system environment.
- Affordable and open-source tools that can analyze data across databases and domains received through federated queries to
create informed information-led intelligence.
- “Intelligent” automated solutions that can predict and deter potential criminal activity by correlating patterns of behavior
and anomalies in that behavior from multiple data sources, including:
- Real-time video and audio surveillance.
- Real-time geospatial tracking data.
- Social networking.
- Better solutions to the effective integration and management of sensor systems in law enforcement command and control systems.
- Automated case management and communications systems that can be used by officers and offenders to track compliance with conditions
of release and prompt necessary action.
- Proactive, targeted, location-based notification and distribution of alerts to officers.
Date Modified: September 3, 2010