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Case study of prefectural police agencies

Crime forecasting with ICT ensures safe, secure cities.

In March 2017, the Japan Tourism Agency announced the cabinet approval of a new Tourism Nation Promotion Basic Plan for this fiscal year, aiming to realize a tourism-oriented nation.*1 The objectives of the basic policy of this plan are to revitalize the national economy, enhance international mutual understanding, and increase the stability of people’s lives, as well as to prepare for the risks of disasters and accidents. In order to steadily carry out the plan to make the country more attractive to international tourists, Japan will need to build an efficient operational system so that cities and public institutions can secure and maintain safe environments in public places, including large-scale events, airports, and other transportation facilities.

NEC provides solutions by capitalizing on big data and cutting-edge technology to ensure safe, secure cities based on the knowledge accumulated over the years in a wide range of areas. For example, NEC offers a crime forecasting system to Japan’s police agencies, which prevents crimes by analyzing the combination of data associated with past crimes and crime theory. The system forecasts crime types that are likely to take place, such as bag snatchings and sexual crimes, and when and where such crimes are likely to occur. Based on crime forecasts, the system suggests patrol routes to police officers to allocate resources more efficiently.

NEC will continue to improve the accuracy of crime forecasting by combining different kinds of data, such as weather, temperature, and geographic information, with the goal of further promoting urban planning by means of ICT for safe, secure cities not only in Japan but also around the world.

*1 The Japan Tourism Agency website