Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Zip the Crime, Or Do The Time... The Pied Piper Project

By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO CommSmart Global Group 

We must not ignore what is happening on the streets of Des Moines and the major cities of Iowa.  Another shooting last night!

Fifteen murders, one every ten days is occuring on your doorsteps so far this year!

Crime is increasing and society wants to do something, but does nothing!  

That is all about to change!

  • Ignorance is bliss 
  • None of My Business 
  • I’m Sorry, But What they Do Does Not Affect Me 
  • I Don’t Live There 
  • NIMBY (Not In MY Backyard) 
  • Why Should I Care?
We have heard every excuse under the sun for problems that surround businesses, socially and commercially and are they all lame!  States, Cities, Neighborhoods and Communities are rife with crime, intimidation, social and economic destruction. Do not tell me about the deforestation of the Amazon Forest, although terrible, look at the decline of a civilization of your own surroundings!

For instance in Indianapolis, the local WTHR television station reported, “While crime data from IMPD shows that 48% of all homicides between 2007 and 2012 occurred within five zip codes (46218, 46201, 46208, 46205, 46222), Pastor Harrison notes that teen crime is spreading to downtown and beyond.”

Have you been turning a blind eye, hoping it was not really happening?  Sticking cotton wool in your ears to block out the screams of the streets. 
The streets are being cleaned of crime, vermin, unscrupulous businesses and those that will not comply and sing the tune of honesty.

The Pied Piper Project is ready to visit the Zip Codes of Shame.

Is Your City/Community Among Those That Can & Will Be Changed?

Importantly are you going to get involved?

  • Bring back stability to the streets
  • Teaching the criminal his or her time is done
  • Those that do not comply, continuing the crime and intimidation, jail…
  • using the laws on the books to cleanse the problem
  • Allow neighbors to be neighbors
  • Replenishing the ability for commerce to open their doors for profit
  • Employment on a local basis, producing MADE IN THE USA local products
  • Bringing people back to the front porch
  • Trust, respect, and pride once at the forefront
I was asked the other day, “Why so quickly do we have to act?” Simple, procrastination for the last decades has got us into the problem and no one is acting responsibly. From the President down, it is being ignored and accepted as part of the day to day activities of America.  It is the largest killer of people, neighborhoods, local commerce and life.

The perpetual beta phenomenon is a natural effect of a lack of purposeful execution.

The frustration is simple and understandable, the local officials are so close to the problem, it blinds them and becomes so personal, and it escapes the solutions being discussed.  Fresh eyes are required with a full team spirit.
Blood is on our hands are we have to stop washing the problem down the drain with lives that are being wasted in more ways than one.

Can you honestly stand there and ignore anymore?  Are your ready to be part of the difference that will be our legacy and a chance for the youth of this nation to move forward with the smell of success, instead of death?

Stand up, reach out and do what you know is right!


Call: (515) 300.6130

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

If You Tell Me It Can't Be Done, You Are Right, Because You Can't Do It!

If You Tell Me It Can't Be Done, 
You Are Right Because You Can't Do It!
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

There are too many excuses, pathetic reasons not to complete a task and a total lack of responsibility buzzing around the world for far too long!

To make a change and complete tasks today, we must have the right information at our fingertips.  If you never read the instruction book or study for an exam, the chance of success is slim to none.

There always those that want to see you fail and will go out of their way to ensure you do so. They, the detractors want a platform from anyone to listen.

Hate is surrounding us, criticism is not enough, they have to lie, cheat and steal to attempt to bring you down.  

I know the feeling all too well!

Since 2004 I have had a disruptor/stalker who did not get what he wanted when he attempted to extort from me and our company.  

We have ignored his inflammatory words and actions, as by responding would only show that we have a concern and would recognize him and his pathetic actions. His words posted have been read by some who know me not, believe this individuals words are true.  

They know him not either!

Sadly, anything that is posted on the Internet is there forever. 

He even attempted to dupe Stan Lee and his Marvel Comics by removing Lee from the company illegally.  In fact many have suffered by this excuse for a manipulator of facts and mingles his fiction with fact.

Under the American Constitution, there is Freedom of Speech, whether it is true and believable or not.

It is farcical and pathetic that someone with intelligence would believe his claims.  Sadly, those that do, only perpetuate the problem of the downright lies. 

There are now seven times that I have been confronted by individuals regarding this, but never directly.  Go to source, don't judge information from a stranger just because it posted on the Internet Sewer!

How do you open a conversation that is negative when you are promoting your company and services?  You don't!

We are an information, data, software and solutions group and am taking this short side step to address this issue, moving on with continued professionalism.  
Why?  Because that is what we do, we are a total change agency who lead our clients through adversity and times of change.

We do not take it personally, we look objectively and logically.  It is silly to attack the messenger, it is the message that is the focus.

Our strength is our ability to bring you the right information with analytic overtones in our crime and social analytics capabilities.  Law enforcement and communities must have the facts to enable successful protection for all.

For our society to move forward with a cohesive temperament, we must head-on address the diversity of today's world.

Social or unsocial media has propelled us into a critical path of hatred, anxiety and violent disarray.  

Racism, religion, sexual orientation and total dislike of those that are charged with upholding the law have gone way beyond what the forefathers of the United States ever imagined.

It is not too late to resolve and save society.  It cannot be a one-sided affair, it must be a cohesive understanding of the current issues and the solutions that are at hand.

It is all about the facts!  The mixture of social media interaction, public data and law enforcement's CAD & RMS data, when we combine and analyzed in near real time, shows us the bigger picture and it is from that canvass we can redraw the landscape of society.

It is exactly the same for Social media Interaction Marketing.  No matter what size your comapny is, 'the art of the possible' is at your doorstep and fingertips.

We say 'Social Is Local', it how and where we glean our information, social media is the search engine for all things social, vacations, good food, hotels and local shopping.  You will compete with 'online shopping giants', to to toe when you approach from our global expertise in communications.

That is why all that CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner achieves the goals which are tied to solid information, which in turn is actionable with resolvement. 

It really is not a 'them and us' situation, it is how both sides of the issues believe they are right, but only one side has the 'real facts'.

It is about community awareness and communications, which go hand in hand.

If you have a concern, be direct and go to the source, the phone number is below.

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For Whom The Bell Tolls?

For Whom The Bell Tolls?
By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

Who will blow the bridge this time? 

Iran is certainly at the top of the list after the Saudi foreign minister stated his dislike for the nation in no uncertain terms.

Iran has a new President, the same man, same culture, and ideology.

Even secure airports are under attack and what we are able to carry on planes! 

France has seen more terrorist attacks and the individual was on their list, which it seems they forgot and just continued on their way.  Just like making a list for grocery shopping and going to the store and realizing you left it at home.  What you do then, is muddled through and miss several items.

The fact is no one is listening to what is going on the world regarding the citizens of the nations who are in turmoil, regarding their politicians and leaders!

It is the chatter and associated writings of the people, which is leading to the dissension that is reverberating our world.

No matter if you are a corporation or a world government, knowledge is power and you can attain knowledge by understanding what the concerns of all are. 

People have voices and use them to spread their concerns, wants and needs.

Let us remind you that the Shah of Iran was deposed, Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavī was the last shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979.

Several factors contributed to strong opposition to Pahlavi among certain groups within Iran, the most notable of which were U.S. and UK support for his regime, clashes with Islamists, and increased communist activity.

By 1979, political unrest had transformed into a revolution which, on 17 January, forced Pahlavi to leave Iran. Soon thereafter, the Iranian monarchy was formally abolished, and Iran was declared an Islamic republic led by Ayatollah Khomeini. Facing likely execution should he return to Iran, he died in exile in Egypt, who’s President, Anwar Sadat, had granted him asylum.

Ayatollah Khomeini's overthrow was completed by audio cassette tapes of his sermons given whilst in exile in Paris, France.  A world leader was not listening and suffered the consequences as they still do today.

We are not learning from history and as you know, history does repeat itself. 

The Arab world is teetering on the edge of even more discourse and needs more understanding on how Atmospheric Noise Collection, Chatter on the Streets and why it assists all in resolvment.

It is not just the words of the people, it is their actions, which are revealed in violent actions against what they believe are the oppressors.  Even in the USA, the L.A. riots wrecked their own neighborhoods, doing more harm to themselves.  London suffered the same aggression last year.  In the end, it is the stability of communities, regions, cities and nations that are at risk.

Prior knowledge is the real power, timely information gathering can stop these senseless actions.  No one likes problems creeping up on them, as the initial reaction is one of those, spur of the moment decisions that we all regret.

CommSmart Global Group makes the difference in the timing of events, in fact, with our means of chatter collection, predictive plans can be made with full knowledge.

WE are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…

Email: do-what@commsmart-global.com

Call: +1 (330) 366.6860

Copyright 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Glass Passwords… Cause Shattered Dreams!

Glass Passwords… Cause Shattered dreams!
By Nicholas Ashton,  CEO/CIO, Commsmart Global Group

Sadly it seems you cannot see the wood for the trees when it comes to information security. 

Change is required and demanded!  It is A Frugal Corporate Innovative World...

Remove the word "password" from your vocabulary.  Just like glass, if it was invented today, we would never use it, as it is far too dangerous and causes more problems than you wish to think about.

Glass, once broken, is like a hacked/broken password, dangerous and the glass shards cause irreparable harm, damage, and heartache.  The pieces of a password once broken are then used by the hacker, sold to others and brings disruption to the owner’s life.

Now let's open our minds and look at what we once used passwords on and for.  Access, to the most private items in our lives, personal data, our fortune we keep in a bank account, email openings and access to our accounts and corporation identity.  All that you keep private.

A password is an access to the system you are signing on to.  Your system does not even know if it is you or not!  It could be your mother, girlfriend or the wife.  Heaven help you if it is your boss at work!  So what is the only thing a password is doing?  Opening the door to a treasure cave and all that is you and your company!

TRUSTED REMEDY does something that is so simple and easy you have been missing for over twenty years.  What is it?  Let me tell you…

When you log-in from any computer device, Desktop PC/Mac, Laptop, Tablet, Smart Mobile Phone, Automobile or even the Air-conditioning or Refrigerator you have to identify yourself with a password.  TRUSTED REMEDY does not rely on that method, it makes that device your Access code, token, old fashion password if you like, your computer identity DNA.  It is only for you and it is trained to know it is you.

TRUSTED REMEDY is a 99.9999% secure connection end to end.  Your device is pre-approved for the connection through corporate servers and both parties, each end, know each other.  This a like a solid bullet and bomb-proof tube that your data travels through and delivers the needed data.  It is certified and approved! 

Once it has communicated, that certificate or approval is withdrawn, gone in a blip and never to be seen in its travel again.  It now resides with the receiver, securely on the servers or with the person it was intended for.  The Hacker, Phisher or Man in the Middle Brutal Attacker cannot access the data.

Phew, now I have got that out of the way I have to mention, it is such a corporately available investment.  Retail, it is just the price of an inexpensive latte per device, per month or less depending on volume. 

TRUSTED REMEDY works literally on any smart mobile phone, laptop or tablet, so you can Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and be 100% secure!  No additional purchase of hardware required.

To send that data, message, email, even from a Public Hotspot or Hotel Wi-Fi you can do so without any concern.

Big Box Stores, secure your Point of Sale, end to end and in turn protect your customers and clients from hacked bank information.  In fact, your Vendor Network is totally secure, even if someone steals the existing password, it is useless as it will not work!

Loyalty programs, like Marriott, Hilton, and all others.  Those massive subscriber-based companies, the likes of Netflix or Red Box can protect your personal bank and personal information, that simple and that smart!

If you have technicians in the field accessing and sending data or information all will be secure, Comcast is a perfect example.  No more flimsy passwords on unsecured networks, all is secured end to end.

If you want the unbreachable end to end communications, TRUSTED REMEDY is the only option, it is that impenetrable connection that keeps all with a peace of mind!

WE are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…

Worldwide Call: +1 (330) 366.6860
Email: change@commsmart-global.com

Copyright 2016

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Price Tag of Doing Nothing – Paper vs. Digital The Old Occurrence Book Has Been Digitized! Digital Policing Works Alongside You, Does Not Replace YOU!

The Price Tag of Doing Nothing – Paper vs. Digital
The Old Occurrence Book Has Been Digitized!
Digital Policing Works Alongside You, Does Not Replace YOU!
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

Don’t have to be a pencil pusher to know that there is a cost to anything you change.

Digital transformation are two buzz words that concern even people who have no idea what the hell it is! 

Council or Commission members scratch their rear-ends or balding heads in wonderment, lean back in their creaking chairs, passing gas and coughing at the same to hide their flatulence.

Progress and efficiency certainly go hand in hand, as do costs rising.  Human nature always wants ‘more for less’.  It this case I am speaking of policing and the societal change, which is showing up in every newspaper, television news and Internet social or unsocial posting.

Technology, when harnessed, is brilliant.  Certain opportunities in policing, from paperwork, analyzing data/reports expeditiously, reducing research time through historical data, predictive analysis, all whilst reduced budgets and staffing levels are causing major headaches.

The U.K. police agencies are the perfect example of attempting to invent a solution themselves with money they don’t have or have wasted in the millions already.

Someone has already succeeded in the Digital Policing realm, not last week, but twenty-one years ago and keeps ahead of the curve of society which is changing every five seconds or so. 

Police agencies are already using, solving the crimes and being more productive in crime fighting.  This also improves and brings back the Trust, Respect, and Pride to the community.  Something that has been failing and ignored for too long.

It is the linking of digital and service strategies that has been approached by CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner, with an understanding of the streets, information and actions demanded to more proficient in the actions required for true public safety.

Of course we waste time, money and effort, after all, it is a human trait.  We do not have to and we have proved the point of change over and over again.

We have understood the processes that government globally have enacted.  Sustainability and Transformation Plans have been discussed, implemented, changed, dropped and chewed over and over again and always from within, never allowing the commercial enterprise to be allowed through the door.

It has ceased!  Police agencies have been listening, implementing and succeeding in changing the community policing landscape alongside the experienced street smart officers.

The question is, have you turned a ‘Blind Eye’ on the creator of modern of policing, Sir Robert Peel!

I do not want to hear the statements that Peel never wrote the Nine Peelian Principles and it is all old, cobwebbed and 188 years ago.  They are still with us, concise and logical after all these years and they work, even today!  You should either revisit or read for the first time.

The Nine Peelian Principles with an added 10th, which embraces technology (Digital Policing), whilst utilizing the other existing nine, is tantamount to the successful cost-effective transformation of policing globally.

We must reiterate the commitment of Police officers to respect the rights and fundamental freedoms of the public (the people) while discharging their policing mandate. This, coupled with the ever-changing social, economic and political environment, has made it imperative for the Police officers to operate with decorum to endear themselves to the public they serve.

Today we must embrace and utilize all social communications skills.  That is why we have emphasized Social Media Analytics & Interaction as the key to understanding those who scoff the law.

The usage of social media or the criminals 'fingers & thumbs' is absolutely tantamount to successful proactive policing and solving crimes.  We all know used to be some spoken words in a pub, bar, restaurant or overheard the conversation. That has now changed to silent finger & thumb action.

This a priority aspect of policing and when tied into crime analytics and especially predictive analysis, you have a finite toolset in the protection of communities and the solid fight against crime and criminals.

As an ex-member of London’s Metropolitan Police, who created a computer/software/hardware corporation in 1976, and today am a part of an extraordinary talented worldwide team that has solidly developed a proven cost-effective crime-fighting toolset:
  • Community Crime Mapping
  • Crime Analytics
  • Predictive Analysis
  • Social Media Analytics & Interaction
  • Data Access with all databases
  • Facial Recognition for Stop, Interview, Process (SIP)
  • Implementation via Hard/Soft Skill Sets
  • Full Professional Services For Coaching/Mentoring

The ease of operation for the street level police officer usage starts with a changeable Dashboard, which brings all the prior crime data to a single screen on a Smartphone, tablet or computer screen.  Knowing your historical events before the shift briefing maximizes efficiency for all.  These dashboards can be updated and change as you personally wish and you have over 50 of them to effective police all crime instances.

For a safety factor, the access to all data/information by a single name or address is right in the palm of your hand.  No more ‘Go Fish’ for information with phone calls and faxed information.  It is productivity personified!

21 years ago our entrance into Digital Policing started!  Progressed with our law enforcement capabilities and developed analytics tools that grasped the eye of law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Department of Defense with our unique ‘predictive analytical tools’.  Which was purchased by DoD and used in Iraq & Afghanistan for predicting roadside IEDs.  Working with British & American troops, saving an extraordinary amount of lives. This working environment allowed us to hone our skills which had to be, no demanded to be, precise, as lives were at stake.

All within in the team are ex-law enforcement from differing divisions and security cleared analytic staff, we have an overall perspective of crime today and the methods being used to control the ever growing issues.  This also includes a remarkable ‘Red Tagged Team' of computer engineers who know so much regarding the Dark Web and White and Black Hat Hacking.

You may hear or see from our keystrokes we have major concerns. We are not angry on how budget reductions, overworked staff, and government, who have failed to listen and understand policing. Politics is causing a festering on the policing vine as each day that goes by, as the procrastination continues, it is another blockage to solving the issues with proven technology and street smart policing. 

It is a deep passionate concern that you see and hear.

Why are we so confident that we will achieve what no other seems to be able to implement?

Simple, we already have completed these actions daily in over 1,000 agencies!
Conversing with CommSmart Global Group, either face to face or electronically will show you in one fell swoop of our proven capabilities and success. What is so important is, we do not know it all and nor do you, we have something in common already, concerns

Together, we will achieve the targets, goals, and aspirations to succeed for the betterment of the agency and importantly, the community.

LexisNexis, our Risk Solutions Partner is no small company, part of the RELX Group which is a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

Helping scientists make new discoveries, lawyers win cases, doctors save lives and insurance companies offer customers lower prices. We save taxpayers and consumers money by preventing fraud and help executives forge commercial relationships with their clients.

Our goal is to help our customers make better decisions, get better results and be more productive. We do this by leveraging a deep understanding of our customers to create innovative solutions which combine content and data with analytics and technology in global platforms. These solutions often account for about 1% of our customers’ total cost base but can have a significant and positive impact on the economics of the remaining 99%.

The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs approximately 30,000 people of whom half are in North America.

CommSmart Global Group was chosen as a partner to serve law enforcement globally because of our full understanding of world events and law enforcement procedures, failures and demanded changes in a major transformational time.
Really, we are conversational pussy cats with extremely long claws, who are straight talkers and never commit to something we know is impossible.
Transformation of Policing is actionable NOW!

That is if you are willing to take a deep breath and exchange conversation with us.

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It Is Not A Blame Game, It Is YOU!
By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

The "Blame Someone Else Syndrome" is alive and sick, living within you. 

Please give up on the idea that others care, will protect you and telling you the truth, when it comes to most things in life.  

They are NOT!

The government is a perfect example, especially the leadership or those that wish to be your new leader.  They will tell you what they think and expect you want to hear.  Sadly, YOU, in the majority, believe them.

The Internet of Tragedy is the same way.  You have heard so many times, "it has to be true, I read it on the Internet".  Ask Al Gore and his Global Warming Cosy Buddies, oh, their answer will be a lie also!  

Just listen to the group of misguided politicians in Paris on what they are saying about Global Warming or the security of refugees.

The Internet is a Sewer and so are the Apps you continue to download onto your Smartphones and tablets.

It is stated that "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach".  The way to financial success is to steal other people's information by the billions and live a great life, whilst those you stole from, suffer.  

Why is it so easy to do to this? 

Simple, Humans have traits, which mean they fail more than they succeed.

Wanting to have the latest gadget, smartest mobile phone and be ahead of the curve is utter nonsense.  Security above all is the key and will make you far happier in life.  It use to be that way prior to the invention of the Internet!

We use to talk, discuss, think, daydream, read books, listen to music as a collective group, went to the movies and we were happier in the way we communicated.

Then IT came along!  Yes, Information Technology and placed people in charge that had no earthly idea of the boundaries we were crossing.  No, I am not blaming them, it is us all that failed to grasp and understand, that we have released our grip at the wrong time.  

A climber does not uncouple himself before he knows that he has secured his next move.

Parents who purchased Vtech computer toys thought they had found the perfect babysitter until Vtech was hacked and over 5 million users information was stolen.

The Internet of Things sounds all well and good until you realize that each day, some geek with a half brain idea, which he shares with a marketing guru, launches an App without the full cyber security of the information of the users and the connection.

Simple solution, we take YOU out of the picture, hold your hand and control how you enter the Internet of Things securely.  Allowing you to play to your heart's content, securely and not affecting anyone else in the room, street or a corporation.  

We isolate the security issues, shutting down the screens and cutting off the fingers of the Hackers, Phishers, and Man in the Middle Brutal Attackers.

You have failed so far and it is affecting us all.  Fear no more, we have created a comfort zone for us all.

No, we do not want to be your friends, we want to protect ourselves and enjoy life as it should be.

Yes, this is a reality, available and implementation is straightforward.  Is it new? No, we have been successful for decades with "like-minded" people and now, we must expand.

Those corporately who have extremely large client databases, access via a password to services, like:
  • ISP's 
  • Cable Entertainment
  • Loyalty Programs 
  • Medical Records
  • Big Box Stores
  • Online Shopping
In fact, anyone worldwide that uses the Internet corporately!

The Password is DEAD!  It is all about Device DNA...

Come join us...

copyright 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Other side…

The Other side…
By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

Immersed in business, priorities of services and solutions is an addiction for us that are passionate about our place in life.  

We sometimes forget there is another side of those we meet with, take time out of their day and always forget there is a private side of their lives like their family, wives, husbands, and children.

We are all private people with other private agendas.  As you sit with a prospect or client, remember they are attached to other people, who are part of the jigsaw of life, which shows the full picture of the past, present, and future.

When you get a call that someone cannot meet with you or has to change an appointment, you may think it was an internal business matter or they are blowing you off.


This was more evident last week when a meeting changed and the lead individual was not going to make the meeting and selected someone else to fill in.  They, in turn, had to beg off for whatever reason, but the meeting went ahead any why and was a success.

Thinking nothing of it and rolling with the punches, I never really questioned why the first individual could not attend.

This morning I found out why.

The man’s wife died of a sudden brain hemorrhage.  Young, the middle fifties and a loving couple.  I never met her, only knew he was married.

It hit me like a lead balloon and brought an emotional void and tears to my eyes over someone I never knew and will never know.

Today is the funeral.  A lifetime together and the sudden departing. 

A few days have gone by, not enough to say to them, I Love You, smile, hold hands and kiss for the last time.

Life, I have been reminded is precious and is be gone in a flash. 

Treat each moment as if it is your last together.
Remember our departing is guaranteed…

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

There is now a jigsaw picture missing a single piece, which will always be remembered.

You are in thoughts and prayers…