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Real Minority Report? Hitachi unveils technology that predicts crimes before they happen


The Sci-Fi predicted future of crime prevention is here. Hitachi has unveiled a system capable of predicting crimes before they actually occur.

Dubbed Hitachi Visualization Predictive Crime Analytics (PCA), the system is able to process huge amounts of data from a variety of sources and then process it using machine-learning to establish patterns of potential violent behavior that humans might simply overlook.

“A human just can’t handle when you get to the tens or hundreds of variables that could impact crime,”Darrin Lipscomb, an executive in Hitachi’s Public Safety and Visualization division, told the Fast Company.

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Hitachi acquired the technology after purchasing two crime monitoring tech companies – Avrio and Pantascene – in September 2014.

PCA uses real-time social media and internet data feeds to make calculations and pin-point potential crime scenes down to a 200-square-meter spot. The system also allocates relative threat levels to every situation.


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