IBM Canada Ltd.

IBM Canada Ltd.

April 23, 2007 10:00 ET

IBM Teams With Simon Fraser University to Fight Crime

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 23, 2007) - Simon Fraser University has received a $5-million donation from IBM of new technology that will help law enforcement officials fight crime by understanding when, where, and why crimes are committed.

Under the agreement, IBM will work with SFU's Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies to create a crime prevention and analysis lab. Two RCMP research chairs, Drs. Patricia and Paul Brantingham, will lead research to examine how factors such as city design, the layout of road networks, and shopping mall hours affect the location, frequency and severity of urban crime.

The SFU lab will be equipped with IBM's threat and fraud intelligence and law enforcement technology. This includes IBM's Crime Information Warehouse, Entity Analytic Solutions, Global Name Recognition, Information Integration Suite, DB2 Data Warehouse Edition and OmniFind. The new crime prevention and analysis lab is expected to be running within the next two months.

The new technology at the facility will enable researchers to sort through large amounts of data, which they can use to develop crime prevention models that will help policy makers and law enforcement officials reduce crime.

"No place else in the world has the computing power dedicated to criminology research that we now have at SFU," said Dr. Patricia Brantingham, ICURS director and RCMP chair in Computational Criminology. "IBM's technology donation combined with the tremendous amount of data that we have access to through our partnership with the RCMP will allow us to put research theory into practice and make major headway in reducing crime."

IBM's donation recognizes that intelligence is key to crime prevention.

"Law enforcement agencies must be able to take many different pieces of information from a variety of sources and transform them into knowledge they can act on," said Paul McCullough, Business Executive in the Public Safety and Defence sectors for IBM Canada. "Using IBM's law enforcement technology, researchers at the SFU Lab will be able to put together those pieces of information and produce high quality insights that will help the RCMP prevent and reduce crime."

About SFU

SFU's School of Computing Science, one of the largest in Western Canada, has over 700 undergraduate majors and over 170 graduate students. Each term, the School's strong Co-op program places about 140 students with local, national and international industries.

SFU's School of Criminology, one of just four such departments at Canadian universities, has more than 560 majors/minors undergraduate students and over 90 graduate students. (September 2004 data).

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