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Achieving interoperability in law enforcement

The biggest challenge in justice & public safety is no longer the automation of processes and information collection. Officers already have access to a huge number of legacy systems and databases overflowing with information. Right now, the real challenge is getting only the relevant identity data to solve each specific case. This means searching through many different, disparate, and siloed databases. Here’s where you’ll run into problems!

In an ideal world, all systems would use the same way of describing data and data fields. In reality, they never will. Different databases were developed for different purposes, set up with different principles, and are owned by different organizations. Data ownership and security are instrumental in determining data access. The solution is to leave all legacy systems and databases as they were, and introduce a new system to make their data searchable: a single search interface. This is known as interoperability.

WCC’s interoperability solution is called HORUS. All databases are left intact and under control of the respective owners, while WCC’s technology analyses, translates, and combines all the data in its own specially designed database structure to make it available for complex search and match queries. Law enforcement officers can access all of this through a Single Search Interface (SSI) that combines results in an intelligent way. This helps them find all relevant data required to identify people and solve cases fast and successfully. 

WCC's unique identity resolution technologies include:

  • Name matching algorithms
    Names are often recorded in different formats for different systems. Our software matches names across databases and shows you the probability of those records belonging to one and the same person. All related information can then be matched to that person. We can do this even across different scripts and taking into account a wide variety of cultural naming practices. Download our white paper on Multi-Cultural Name Matching, or watch the video on Multi-Cultural Name Matching below:
  • Language technology
    This proprietary technology can read data and put it into context, making information more understandable and presenting meaningful results to the user. Searching for a subject like ‘theft’ will include any and all records that contain words generally used in the same context, such as 'thief', 'larceny', or 'burglary'. This increases the chances of finding relevant data.

Watch video on language technology below.

  • Multi-modal matching 
    Our multi-modal fusion technology combines any type of biometric or biographic data into one match action. For example, combining driver license information, face recognition data, and tattoo information in one single match. This unique capability makes our matches much more reliable than the single-mode 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. We combined and connected the data in their legacy systems, leaving those systems intact while unlocking the ability for officers to search all the available data in a single operation. For more information about this project, please see this customer reference or this news item.

Of course there are many more features that make WCC's solutions ideal for border security, including their enterprise strength, robustness, scalability, reliability, and superior technical support. Many very large government organizations in the world have chosen WCC as their core technology since 1996.