SOURCE: Information Builders

July 10, 2007 13:25 ET

Information Builders Announces City of Richmond Police Department Named Winner of TDWI Best Practices Award

Richmond, VA Police Department's Use of WebFOCUS to Predict and Prevent Crime Receives Top Recognition for BI Use by a Government Agency

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Information Builders, the leader in production business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that the City of Richmond, Virginia, Police Department -- a longstanding customer demonstrating innovative use of Information Builders' WebFOCUS technology -- was named the co-winner of the 2007 TDWI Business Intelligence Best Practice Award in the Government and Non-Profit Solutions category.

TDWI [The Data Warehousing Institute] Best Practice Awards program is designed to recognize organizations that have demonstrated excellence in developing, deploying, and maintaining business intelligence and data warehousing (DW) applications. Winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges who have expertise in these areas.

"WebFOCUS has enabled us to capture and analyze crime data much more proficiently," said Rodney D. Monroe, chief of police, Richmond Police Department. "As a result, the technology has helped us deploy our officers where they would be most needed, which has reduced crime, but equally important reduced citizens calls and the dispatch of officers."

Using predictive analysis through business intelligence technology supported by dynamic geographic information system mapping, the Richmond Police Department has applied an information-based policy to predict the likelihood of crime and prevent future crimes from occurring. These solutions allow the city's crime analysts to look at the interaction between present and past data, such as arrest records, and type of crime at a particular location -- based on the day, time, weather, and the coincidence of public events. This insight enabled the city to knowledgeably deploy police resources to deter crime -- and as a result, crime was decreased by 49 percent, and the citizen reacted with fewer 911 calls that had to be serviced.

"Business intelligence technology is not just for the enterprise anymore," said Gerald Cohen, CEO of Information Builders. "This BI deployment by the City of Richmond shows that technology created for corporate America can prove equally effective in other real-world applications. Recognition by a well regarded organization like TDWI helps solidify the fact that our customers achieve truly remarkable results with their BI deployments."

To learn more about the TDWI awards and this year's winners, please visit: http://www.tdwi.org/education/display.aspx?id=8010.

About Information Builders

An industry innovator for more than 31 years, Information Builders is the leader in enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting. The company's WebFOCUS product -- the industry's most secure and flexible -- is able to meet all the reporting needs of the extended enterprise, ranging from analysts to power users to the widest deployments for hundreds of thousands of users. Additionally, WebFOCUS' empowerment of organizations seeking to leverage all their data by accessing it all -- from legacy to data warehouse -- is unmatched.

Information Builders' award-winning technology has successfully provided quality software and superior services for 31 years to more than 12,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,500 people and has over 350 business partners. For more information visit www.informationbuilders.com.

About TDWI

TDWI, a division of 1105 Media, is the premier provider of in-depth, high-quality education and research in the business intelligence and data warehousing industry. Starting in 1995 with a single conference, TDWI is now a comprehensive resource for industry information and professional development opportunities. TDWI sponsors and promotes quarterly World Conferences, regional seminars, on-site courses, a worldwide membership program, business intelligence certification, resourceful publications, industry news, an in-depth research program, and a comprehensive Web site: www.tdwi.org.

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