Track stats, collect criminal stigma and craft products that aid in day-to-day public security. Ciara’s Supervisory Board on Research and Public Security Strategy (Supesp) completes four years on Sunday (22). From 2018 to then, nearly 6,000 demands were met, among them elements to guide force planning and the intelligence sector.
In an exclusive interview with Diário do Nordeste, Pasta’s owner, Helano Matos, talks about investments in technology and work done with the goal of preventing crimes of various nature, such as violent deaths, which have already exceeded 1,100 cases this year 2022.
How does Supesp work in partnership with Virtual Police and other public security bodies?
Supesp is an agency that deals with science and data, and supports the formulation of public security policies. We have gained strength over the years. At first it was a room, few statistics. We innovate frequently by creating technologies and expanding the range of products and services. Before, Public Security made the data available in PDF format. Now, citizens can access data in Excel spreadsheets, and they can access data about more crimes. Today, Supesp even has a website. We are 36 professionals focused on creating and expanding products that aid in the field of public safety.
How is data collected and made available in statistical form?
The data is stored in the systems, for example, when recording BO, and it is loose data. Then we use artificial intelligence. From the data I can provide the police forces with criminal spots. Based on the data, we verified the severity of a particular homicide, such as CVLI (Violent, Intentional, Lethal, and Intentional Crime). We know where in Fortaleza there are small areas with more murders. It is valuable information for the decision maker. It is important for citizens to register incidents with the police, even if they are measures to prevent violence.
What are the main products developed in recent years that interfere with the safety routine?
Our wide range of disruptive technology is our focus. One we can talk about is Bigdata “the brain”. It has 16 databases, where you can make integrated queries. Another function is the criminal hotspot, where we target hot spots. This tool was created in Ceará using artificial intelligence and statistical data analysis. Also of note are the technological system for territorial monitoring of security units (Status), the operational geo-reference system (Sigo), the log of tactical operations and security measures (Rotas), the latter of which were developed in partnership with the Information and Communication Technologies Coordination (KOTEK).
Investing in technology has been an advantage since the last Department of Public Security in Ceará. How much does this investment cost on average?
The chief scientist alone, in recent years, has been R$2 million. There’s also a review, with the then-deputy governor, that covers beyond public security with investments running into the tens of millions. We improve to create products and services for associated companies.
Spia is one of the most talked about software when the results come out. On what does it depend?
Spia (Police Approach Indicative System) reads license plates using artificial intelligence. Then we created an enhanced version, Agilis, which also reads license plates and does more. Agilis reads license plates by vehicle color, model, and complete intelligence beyond the license plate. At Agilis it is possible to find out where the car has been in the last few months. There are many cameras scattered around us and we have access to read them. The software reads the data, performs crosses, and searches the history. So the immediate approach, when necessary, becomes easier.
Are they products developed with imported technology?
Everything is done here. It’s our brains. We are associated with the Chief Scientist Program associated with Funcap. Scholarships are offered to find solutions to trusts. It is a science applied to problem solving. When you combine science with real problems, we develop products. We recently had a visit from an American and he was surprised by our technology on how to create and perceive criminal spots.
What can we expect from technological progress?
We are constantly updating. Always in constant adjustment. We’re creating Status 2.0, Big Data 2.0, a system of integrated operations only with even non-police agencies, and due to be launched by the end of 2022. Things that used to be done on paper are now in an automated system. By the end of the year, we also want to launch Proteger (land and risk management software). Supesp is responsible for the strategic coordination of the program and we will create a new technology by creating a Proteger Virtual. The police officer at the base will be able to map the entire visit in a virtual way.