Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Art of the Possible...

The Art of the Possible...
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

It seems we are still flowing in perpetual beta phenomenon! 

We mentioned this in our article on Body-Worn Cameras in 2014 & 2015.

No one wants to take the lead and make a sensible decision or say the GO!  It is about the stop gaps and no two-way conversation with those in the commercial enterprise world and not just a name or a brand. 

It takes logic, testicular fortitude and a set of ears too!

It is like society is running scared, suffering from indecisiveness.

We do not have any more new ideas to be tried this week!  The art of control, policing, is alive, well and been doing great for centuries.  Sir Robert Peel made sure of that with his Nine Peelian Principles and the birth of policing as we use to know it.

It is the ability to take what has been successful in the past and easily overlay proven technology to actively understand your concerns and then eliminate them.

Our corporate aspirations are continually a moving target, in reality, we must say yes at some stage and utilize the tested and proven.  Questioning is fine, but just like writing a song, there are only so many lyrics and notes that go on a page and become a hit.  It has to hit the airwaves sometime to be effective and be heard!

Overlaying technology is an art form as I have stated many a time, so is applying the brakes on perpetual beta testing!

It is all about the ‘Art of the Possible!

The Art of the Possible came up in a conversation with Selvin Baker, Digital Police Portfolio, (Home Office, the British Government).  He mentioned it in our conversation on digital technology and the phrase has a certain ring to it.  I had to delve deeper, I had not heard of it, or so I thought.

The original phrase is "Politics is the art of the possible", which means, "It's not about what's right or what's best. It's about what you can actually get done".

Getting everything you want is impossible, and often, you have to severely compromise in order to get anything you want at all. 

But in the end, refusing to compromise means you get nothing whatsoever.

The term "art of the possible" is sometimes generalized in the sense of avoiding perfectionism. The goal is to get something that is good enough and move on rather than being driven into complete immobility by a desire to be perfect.

Both Selvin Baker and CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner are deservedly on the same page!  We have never met, but spoken on many occasions and it seems to share the same concerns of how digital technology is going round in circles.

Like Body Worn Cameras in the U.K., which 22,000 were introduced yesterday (Oct 17th, 2016).  Using extremely old technology and the mistakes of the original camera launch of 2013 in the U.S., by Taser have not changed.  Old model with a luck luster approach of the ‘back office’ and expensive data storage.

So why do we believe we have the Art of the Possible with us, here today and the future? 

Simple we have more compliant data at our fingers for active use.  Not stored in silos to never see the light of day. 

Oh, plus the full compliant Social Media Monitoring, Crime Analytics, Community Crime Mapping and Predictive Analysis.  To be used by ‘Beat or Ward’ officers each and every day and of course a much more sophisticated analytic tool for analysts.

It is not good enough to have the solutions, they have to be implemented and that means CHANGE!  Everyone is against change and there is the additional art form.  CommSmart Global Group's capabilities and proven adaptability are part of their professional services.  Coaching & Mentoring are key to the success for all concerned.

In crime analytics, there is only one approach!  The connection of all crime data, local, regional and nationally is what we do, a simple fact that the ‘Go Fish’ approach of policing is gone!  Our catch rate is way better than expected or is achieving the necessary reality for both law enforcement and the public.  Solutions are for today, solving your community and national concerns.  

There is no argument that we must improve and improve now!  Criminals have so much more in their technology savvy felonious toolbox.  It is not just picking up information by physically sitting in a smoke-filled pub, downing a Budweiser and listening to the criminals bragging about their criminal deeds. 

Today, it is about technology, the social or unsocial media, running their fingers and thumbs instead of their mouths. 

This is the Atmospherics of our world, yes CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner, has decades of collecting and analyzing both public and law enforcement data that is amassed in its billions of records daily. 

Crime is not restricted to a four-block area of streets, it is national and global, we have developed with our qualified teams of ex-Metropolitan Police officers, ranging from Chief Superintendents, Chief Inspectors, Commanders, Flying Squad, Counter Terrorism, Beat/Ward Officers and incredible data analysts.  They have worked hand in hand in developing methods of collection and drill down analytics with successes, second to none on a daily basis.
  • Social Media Monitoring of individuals that comply with all legal ramifications of those individual users (countries)
  • Crime Analytics, knowing the beat/ward historically and what to be cognizant about and the attributes
  •  Community Crime Mapping, both public and internal
  • Predictive Analysis, having analysts who use our techniques to be ahead of the curve with proactive policing
  • Beat/Ward officers having the ability to use Smartphones/Laptop and Desktop computers to see so much more in a productive time frame.
  • Multi-Jurisdiction analytics.  Agencies are now working in silos and criminals are using this to exploit more criminal opportunities.  There is no need any longer to work singularly trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together.  We have the solutions to allow all agencies to work together efficiently and cooperatively.
  • Above all, Change Agency
If it sounds like we are being braggadocios about our capabilities, we are not
We only bring you the facts that we wish to work side by side with solution tools and mindset of major proportions.  It is the CommSmart Global Group which is an American company which is made up of mostly Brits and ex-cops, working within law enforcement proactive techniques, analytics, cyber security, and coaching/mentoring since 1992. 

Then there is LexisNexis, owned by another British company, RELX Group. It is a multinational information and analytics company based in London, in the United Kingdom. It operates in four market segments: scientific, technical and medical; risk and business analytics and legal.

LexisNexis Group is a corporation providing computer-assisted legal research as well as business research and risk management services. During the 1970’s, LexisNexis pioneered the electronic accessibility of legal and journalistic documents.

We are a commercial enterprise who collectively have invested in data collection from the streets to the war zones of the world to protect us all.  Whether it be the community, as the ‘police are the public and the public are the police’, or the war in Afghanistan, with the ability to predict the location of roadside IEDs for the US Department of Defense, saving hundreds, if not thousands of lives.

We are here now!  Working with knowledge of British Policing and data manipulation for a proactive result.

I believe we should be meeting with you all.  It is with senior management and departments who have been charged to create a solution.  Which by the way is already here and will assist in the demands of the community and government. 

We are all on the same page and need to be in the same room for a down-to-earth conversation on the capabilities of Digital Policing now and in the future.

It is not about who or what we are, it is about solving a dire situation and it is no good asking where policing will be in 2025, if you do not listen, review and understand what is already here in the Atmosphere!

It is All About CHANGE

A meeting, please…

It takes Social Media Monitoring, Public Data, Crime Analytics, Community Crime Mapping, Predictive Analysis and a strong listening ear.  It is not about marketing services, it is about the passion we have for making our social world more acceptable, safer and this we commit to you.