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How to Make All Available Data Searchable?

Automation of processes and collection of information is not the problem anymore in justice & public safety. Other suppliers have made that possible for decades. Numerous databases are filled with data and a big base of legacy systems forms a valuable foundation for finding the right information to solve a case. The real challenge lies in combining all relevant data sources for a particular case. To do that many different databases must be searched - databases that were once set up to serve a region or a specific purpose. And that’s where the problem starts! Every database uses its own set of metadata, optimized for its own purpose. But in order to be searchable in a web of information sources there should be a single way of describing fields. One way to achieve that is designing and developing a totally new system. But that will take ages with all the stakeholders involved and will probably never see the light of day. The other option is leaving all the legacy systems intact and introducing a system that makes the translation of the metadata so all data gets searchable.

WCC has the solution in the form of its IT-modernization approach. All databases are left intact and under control of its specific owner while WCC’s ELISE technology only copies this data, analyses and translates its metadata and combines all the data in its own specially designed database structure making it available for complex search and match queries.

Once in the ELISE database, the unique ELISE Smart Search & Match technology can help in finding all relevant data that is required in solving a case fast and successfully.

In searching and matching ELISE uses built-in technology such as:

  • Advanced name matching algorithms. This helps when for instance a person’s name is recorded in different formats in different systems. ELISE will match those names and display the probability of those records belonging to one and the same person. All related information can then be matched to that particular person.

View video on Multi-Cultural Name Matching below.

  • Language technology. This proprietary technology can read data and put it into a context making information more understandable and presenting meaningful results to the user. Searching for one subject like ‘theft’ will include all records that contain words that are generally also used when referring to ‘theft’. Thus increasing the chance of finding relevant data in a specific case.

View video on language technology below.

  • Multi-modal matching. ELISE uses multi-modal fusion technology combining any kind of biometric and biographic data into one match action. For example combining driver license information, face recognition data, and tattoo information in one single match attempt. This unique capability makes matches made with ELISE much more reliable than the single modal match process that is currently common practice in justice and public safety.

One of the projects WCC is currently involved in is IT-modernization at the Finnish Police, combining and connecting their data in several legacy systems leaving those systems intact but still having the benefit of being able to search all the available data.

Of course there are many more features that make ELISE the ideal core technology for border security. Such as its enterprise strength, robustness, scalability, and reliability and the superior support. Many very large government organizations in the world have chosen ELISE as their core technology since 1996. For more information on the ELISE Platform click here.