300,000 people go missing in the UK every year. When it comes to a missing person every minute matters. So IBM decided to create an app that used AI to help the UK police force find missing people faster.
How? By using IBM Watson’s cognitive intelligence to combine search data, transport, weather, CCTV and facial recognition software to rapidly narrow down search areas for the police search teams. Cases closed faster and lives were saved.
Time-poor police forces and search teams need real-time insight to find missing people faster. By having a better-defined search radius based on instant data, police efforts can be more focussed and targeted, resulting in missing people getting found faster.
The key requirement was the app needed to be easy to access, fast to use and provide real-time insight.
of The Drum’s Do it Day Achievement and Challenger Award, 2016
IBM is now using product nationally
Average search times dropped from 24hrs to 12 hrs in initial pilot project.
“We are now at the prototype stage with the app and have something we can demonstrate to police forces. Here today, these great people have actually taken our app and come up with loads of great ideas and a full year’s marketing plan on how we can take it out to market.”