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Criminal Intellegence Eases Policeman's Lot
CAMBRIDGE, England, Sept 16 (Reuter) - Privately held Harlequin Group
Ltd said it introduced a software product which harnesses artificial
intelligence to speed up criminal investigations.
The product, Harlequin Intelligence, displays criminal investigation
data in graphical form. Artificial intelligence is used to break down
witness statements into their component form and instantly links
evidence to existing databases.
The graphic displays allow a quick snapshot of the progress of an
In a statement released at the Cambridge International Symposium on
Economic Crime, Harlequin said the system discovers links or
identifies associations that may not be immediately apparent to an
investigator or analyst.
``Harlequin Intelligence is designed for use by major law enforcement
and investigation agencies to combat many different types of crime
including homicide, fraud and drug related offences. It is also
designed for use in commercial business information environments where
these powerful technologies can be equally applied to corporate
business concerns,'' the Cambridge based company said in a statement.
A spokesman declined to reveal the cost of the system or the company's
sales targets but said the system had already been sold to the Los
Angeles Police Department, a force in Florida, the U.S. Federal Bureau
of Investigation, and four police forces in Britain.
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