Microsoft jointly develops crime monitoring system Detecta for Sao Paulo governor

Microsoft today said Sao Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin has deployed Detecta, a crime monitoring system for use in his jurisdiction in the Brazilian state.

Detecta, jointly developed by Microsoft and New York City, features modern technologies such as big data, which stores and processes large amounts of information, and business intelligence that allows data processing for specific pre-determined purposes.

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.

Officers can access the system through computers, notebooks, tablets and smartphones. This system indexes police information and creates automatic associations between the data.

If a suspect flees in a red car and only part of the license plate is known, 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, said Microsoft in a blog post.

Mariano de Beer, general manager of Microsoft Brazil

“This project is an opportunity for Microsoft to collaborate with police management models based on the use of technology,” said Mariano de Beer, president of Microsoft Brazil.

During the first three months, three actions will be carried out simultaneously: the adaptation of the system to Brazilian standards, with translation and adjustments for units that are used; training for the system’s first users; and implementation of the system, said Microsoft.

In the fourth month, the alerts of 10,000 patterns of crimes that have been committed in New York City will be adapted to the needs of the Sao Paulo police.

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