Parallel to the modernization of technology, criminals also upgrade their tactics to escape the claws of the authorities. With this in mind, the police force turns to the cloud for the most up-to-date lineup, fighting fire with fire. The government sees huge potential in cloud computing to increase their ability to gather evidence, capture crime as it happens, and for surveillance.
Several security businesses, and even law enforcement, are tickled by the idea of chasing a suspect within the cloud, circumventing the usual violence that comes with physical altercations. Here are some products and innovations around this paradigm.
Arguably, the strength of the evidence is what dictates the pace of a case filed before the courts of law. Consequently, authorities spend so much time and effort putting the pieces together to ensure that they put the culprit behind bars. For that, you need concrete data–proof.
TASER, a leader in synthesizing safety technologies, recently introduced a crime-busting tool for police forces called AVON Flex on-officer camera. This video recording system is self-contained, designed to be (unnoticeably) worn by law enforcers. This product comes with a secure cloud-based evidence storage system: Evidence.com—a one-stop digital evidence management system that significantly reduces time spent in filing and locating information.
Emphasizing the need for innovation in law enforcement is Fort Worth Texas Police Chief Jeff Halstead:
“On-officer video systems like the AXON Flex give us an opportunity to showcase and support the jobs our officers are doing in the field. Having a complete video record of these incidents will provide a higher level or protection for both our officers and the public.”
To stay relevant in the growing market of web security and cloud-based solutions, Harris Corporation reinvents its services by providing advanced cyber security and cloud-enabled applications to host mission-critical information. Before, hosting operations were done remotely. Their engineers have developed a tool to tightly safeguard military missions, intelligence and critical information for federal law customers.
President and CEO William Brown briefly explains how these changes affect their organization and services offered, saying ”these actions allow us to refocus our capital and efforts on the secure, cost-effective communications and IT solutions that our customers are demanding.”
Inter-state sharing of criminal information is now possible in Montana. In partnership with Datamaxx Group, public safety agencies are now allowed to share information via a secure cloud infrastructure. The technology will allow access to private law enforcement networks and homeland security resources.
Using the cloud as a partner to potentially solve crimes has its own benefits, including cost-savings, reducing manual work considerably and having a solution that can hold large amount of electronic information. The one thing still raising doubt is the security of the data being passed to third party vendors. Such concern even pushed the FBI to tighten security rules, strictly observed by cloud vendors working with the U.S. government. With companies like Clio we see how security determines the features and appeal for niche cloud services, as each industry has its own security demands.