Microsoft and Brazilian state team up to release crime monitoring system

On Wednesday, Mariano de Beer, general manager of Microsoft Brazil, announced that Microsoft and the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, have deployed Detecta, an intelligent system for monitoring crime.

The governor of the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, has deployed Detecta, an intelligent system of crime monitoring for use in his jurisdiction. This tool, jointly developed between Microsoft and New York City, uses cutting-edge technology to improve police work. In New York City, this technology has been used for counter-terrorism efforts, as well as other types of crimes. This is the first time that the tool will be used outside of New York City. The first results of the deployment are expected to be seen four months after implementation.

Detecta unites the most modern technologies in the area of computing: Big data (which stores and processes large amounts of information) and business intelligence (which allows data processing for specific pre-determined purposes).

In the same way that modern search engines operate on websites, this system indexes large amounts of police information and creates automatic associations between the data. For example, a suspect flees in a red car and only part of the license plate is known. With that information, the system can be configured to locate all vehicles with that partial license plate number that share the same color, and display the locations on a map. The nearest police patrol car will also be alerted about the incident.

To find out more about Detecta, head over to The Official Microsoft Blog.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff