Skip to main content

WA Police trials AI cloud platform for investigation data

The Western Australia Police Force (WAPF) has partnered with Microsoft to trial a pilot cloud-based platform that is aimed toward making it easier for officers to track the digital footprints of criminals.

The cloud-based platform analyses large quantities of digital information, and then applies artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to "make sense" of the information collected during investigations, such as surfacing important information or patterns.

According to the WAPF, over 2.8TB of data are analysed in every case involving digital evidence which can make information management very obstructive in solving a crime.

"Whilst information technology alleviated this problem for a while that grace period is now over. The same technology which saved us is now swamping us with incomprehensible quantities of information," WAPF inspector Tim Thomas said.

The pilot solution is not designed to trawl for evidence, Microsoft said, it is aimed at removing grunt work for officers by contextualising investigation data so they are able to spend more time in making higher-level decisions.

See: How Victoria Police handled the Bourke Street incident on social media

According to Anthony Doig, Director of Innovation for Modis, the pilot has allowed the WAPF to save a lot of time.

"We've found addresses or bank accounts or firearms in hundreds of thousands of images and are taking a few hours to do that rather than a few months. It's generating reports in seconds," Doig said.

"It has found a photo of a person, and then completely different data, say a text message or the mention of that same location the day before, so you can start connecting up those pieces of information and presenting them back to police."

The cloud-based platform uses Modis' Data & AI platform to take in and analyse information, as well as Microsoft Azure's based cognitive services to translate data.

The platform does not change any of the data or draw any scientific conclusions, Microsoft said, and only creates relationships that already exist in the collected information. Police officers then have the discretion of determining whether they are relevant or not. Due to this, Thomas said the platform is viable because of "how easy it is to use the results in the judicial system".

Meanwhile, Face Identification Service (FIS) is currently being rolled across Australia's police and security agencies. Face Identification Service (FIS) is a one-to-many, image-based identification service that can match a photo of an unknown person against multiple government records to help establish their identity.

Access to the FIS is limited to police and security agencies, or specialist fraud prevention areas within agencies that issue passports, and immigration and citizenship documents.

Related Coverage

San Francisco bans police from using facial recognition tech on residents

Some residents may be developing the technology but it won't be permitted for use on their doorstep.

Employees not the target of encryption laws: Home Affairs

Australian developers really do need to relax. Cops and spooks are being told very clearly that the Assistance and Access Act isn't for dragooning you into deceiving your bosses.

Victoria overhauls traffic camera network after WannaCry

The Victorian government has announced an overhaul of its traffic and speed camera network following infection from WannaCry in June.

Victorian cops to track stolen cars via GPS

The opt-in program will see some vehicles in Melbourne's south-east fitted with GPS sensors to track stolen cars.

Police can't force you to unlock your phone by iris, face or finger (TechRepublic)

Police can't force you to unlock your phone by iris, face or finger.


I am only writing to make you understand what a fabulous experience my cousin's princess enjoyed visiting your web site. She came to find numerous pieces, including what it's like to have an awesome coaching mindset to have the others smoothly comprehend a number of specialized issues. You really surpassed readers' desires. Thanks for imparting those great, trustworthy, explanatory and even easy tips on this topic to Sandra. kyrie shoes

I'm just commenting to make you understand what a magnificent encounter my daughter enjoyed studying the blog. She figured out lots of details, which include what it's like to have a marvelous coaching mindset to have certain people really easily know just exactly various impossible subject areas. You undoubtedly exceeded our desires. I appreciate you for displaying these necessary, dependable, educational as well as unique tips about your topic to Lizeth. moncler sale

I precisely wished to thank you very much once more. I'm not certain the things that I would've carried out without the concepts shown by you regarding my industry. It became an absolute hard situation in my circumstances, nevertheless viewing your skilled fashion you resolved the issue took me to cry for contentment. I'm happy for this help and then hope that you really know what an amazing job you are accomplishing teaching many others via your webpage. Most likely you haven't met any of us. hermes birkin

I together with my guys were actually viewing the great recommendations from your site while immediately developed an awful feeling I never expressed respect to the site owner for them. Those people happened to be for that reason happy to study all of them and now have seriously been having fun with them. Appreciate your truly being very helpful and also for getting varieties of high-quality things millions of individuals are really desirous to discover. Our sincere apologies for not expressing appreciation to you earlier. fila shoes

I'm just writing to make you know of the helpful experience my child undergone studying your site. She noticed plenty of details, which include how it is like to have a great teaching mood to have most people completely know a number of grueling topics. You actually exceeded our own expectations. Many thanks for offering those important, trusted, educational and easy tips about your topic to Mary. longchamp bags

Thank you for all your labor on this web page. Debby really likes getting into internet research and it's really easy to see why. We know all about the dynamic mode you create useful things through the website and even welcome contribution from some others on that matter so our favorite child is becoming educated a whole lot. Take advantage of the remaining portion of the year. You're conducting a brilliant job. balenciaga shoes

I happen to be writing to let you be aware of of the magnificent experience our princess gained studying the blog. She learned a wide variety of things, most notably what it's like to have a great coaching mood to make certain people easily grasp specified problematic subject matter. You really exceeded her expected results. Many thanks for offering these interesting, safe, educational and even easy tips about that topic to Lizeth. russell westbrook shoes

I am only commenting to make you be aware of what a outstanding encounter my cousin's princess went through viewing yuor web blog. She realized a lot of pieces, with the inclusion of what it is like to possess an awesome giving spirit to get the rest without hassle know a variety of extremely tough issues. You really did more than her desires. Thank you for distributing such helpful, trusted, revealing and even fun tips about that topic to Julie. golden goose outlet

I simply desired to say thanks again. I'm not certain the things that I might have gone through in the absence of the strategies discussed by you about my problem. It had been a real scary dilemma in my view, nevertheless being able to see the well-written mode you processed it made me to leap over joy. I am just grateful for this work and then pray you realize what a powerful job you are always getting into teaching the mediocre ones through the use of your blog post. I am sure you've never encountered any of us. off white shoes

I actually wanted to type a quick note to appreciate you for some of the marvelous tips and tricks you are giving out at this site. My particularly long internet search has at the end of the day been rewarded with excellent information to exchange with my two friends. I 'd state that that many of us site visitors are really fortunate to be in a fabulous community with many lovely individuals with very beneficial methods. I feel rather grateful to have discovered your entire weblog and look forward to some more fabulous minutes reading here. Thank you once again for everything. yeezy boost 350 v2

I am only commenting to let you understand what a fantastic encounter my child developed using your web page. She came to understand such a lot of details, with the inclusion of how it is like to possess an excellent teaching nature to get many people quite simply understand a variety of grueling issues. You really surpassed her expected results. Thank you for producing these informative, trustworthy, informative and even easy tips about that topic to Sandra. air max 2019

I enjoy you because of your own hard work on this blog. Debby takes pleasure in engaging in investigations and it's really simple to grasp why. We all know all of the powerful mode you deliver practical suggestions via this blog and in addition inspire participation from others on the concept so our favorite simple princess is undoubtedly starting to learn so much. Have fun with the remaining portion of the year. You are doing a powerful job. kate spade outlet

Thanks for all your valuable effort on this web page. Gloria takes pleasure in engaging in investigations and it is easy to see why. Almost all know all regarding the dynamic mode you make both useful and interesting guidance through the web site and boost contribution from some other people on this situation while my child is really understanding a great deal. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the new year. Your carrying out a terrific job. curry 5

I definitely wanted to jot down a note to express gratitude to you for some of the wonderful instructions you are sharing here. My time-consuming internet look up has at the end of the day been honored with high-quality know-how to go over with my family. I would say that we readers are extremely lucky to dwell in a fantastic website with very many special individuals with interesting pointers. I feel truly privileged to have seen your webpage and look forward to many more entertaining minutes reading here. Thank you again for all the details. westbrook shoes

I in addition to my buddies were reviewing the good advice found on your web page and then all of a sudden I got a terrible feeling I had not expressed respect to the web blog owner for those secrets. All of the guys appeared to be as a consequence glad to learn them and have actually been having fun with those things. We appreciate you actually being simply kind and also for obtaining these kinds of outstanding information most people are really wanting to be aware of. My very own honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to you earlier. hermes

My husband and i got now comfortable that Albert could carry out his homework through the entire precious recommendations he grabbed while using the site. It's not at all simplistic to simply always be making a gift of tricks which other people might have been trying to sell. We really recognize we have the writer to appreciate because of that. These explanations you have made, the easy site menu, the relationships your site assist to create - it's everything terrific, and it's facilitating our son in addition to the family reason why this article is brilliant, which is exceedingly fundamental. Thank you for all the pieces! yeezy shoes

I am just writing to let you understand of the beneficial experience my wife's daughter experienced using your web page. She learned too many issues, which include what it is like to have an awesome helping style to get others without problems know just exactly specific very confusing issues. You undoubtedly did more than her expected results. Thank you for churning out the beneficial, trustworthy, revealing and as well as cool tips on your topic to Julie. yeezy boost 350 v2

Thanks for all your valuable work on this site. My mum takes pleasure in doing internet research and it is simple to grasp why. We learn all concerning the powerful means you provide valuable solutions on the blog and boost response from other people on this idea plus my princess is now understanding a lot. Enjoy the remaining portion of the new year. Your performing a very good job. westbrook shoes

I'm writing to let you know what a great experience our girl obtained viewing your site. She realized several issues, which included how it is like to possess an awesome teaching spirit to get a number of people quite simply comprehend specified grueling things. You undoubtedly did more than our own desires. Thanks for rendering those practical, dependable, edifying and in addition unique thoughts on that topic to Tanya. jordan shoes

I as well as my guys were digesting the nice techniques found on your web blog and so all of the sudden developed a terrible suspicion I never expressed respect to the web site owner for those techniques. My men had been as a consequence stimulated to read them and have in effect extremely been using them. Thanks for genuinely quite kind and for making a decision on this form of notable tips most people are really wanting to discover. Our honest regret for not expressing gratitude to you earlier. nike air vapormax

Thanks so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily superb opportunity to read critical reviews from this web site. It is often so terrific and also full of fun for me personally and my office fellow workers to search your blog particularly thrice per week to learn the fresh tips you will have. And lastly, I'm also actually contented concerning the excellent tactics you serve. Certain 3 facts in this article are surely the best I've ever had. canada goose jacket


Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
The comment language code.