2012 London Olympics Reduce Crime by 5 Percent Using Geospatial Data
Preparing for one of the largest events in the world is no easy task, especially for the police forces handling the safety of 9 million spectators. As one of the many departments on hand during the 2012 Olympics in London, British Transport Police (BTP) – responsible for policing the underground rail network, the Docklands Light Railway, and overground services – turned to cutting-edge geospatial technology to assist their public safety efforts.
BTP gathered vast amounts of geographic data, including mapping, aerial imagery, CCTV and video feeds and developed a spatial information infrastructure in preparation for the Olympic Games. Working with Sterling Geo, the provider of Intergraph’s geospatial solutions in the United Kingdom, BTP selected ERDAS APOLLO for their data management, analysis and delivery system.
Crediting the amount of organization and planning by the emergency services in the months leading up to the Olympic Games, officers only made 276 arrests throughout the three-and-a-half week period. And now more than a year after the Olympic Games, the technology in place continues to have a positive effect on policing across the country.
To learn more about how the British Transport Police used Intergraph’s ERDAS APOLLO during the 2012 Olympic Games, check out “Transport police in the 2012 Olympics” in GeoConnexion. Or if you are planning for an upcoming event in your city, read “5 Tips to Successfully Prepare for a Major Event.”