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Crime mapping press release circus
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 11:02 am
Readers with a memory of more than a hamster will recall the announcement in January 2009 where all the police forces had made their own individual crime mappers.
And how I *reported* that the Metropolitan police had spend £300,000 on their single force version, including £134,000 for AKAMI facility for web-hits to be ‘held’ at high use times so that the website didn’t crash when it was launched, because they had so little confidence in their contractors Cable&Wireless to deliver a functioning website for the money.
Their website http://maps.met.police.uk/ is at least still in operation.
BBC: So the scheme is this on-line crime mapping is obviously popular, it keeps crashing
Hanson: Yes it is popular. We’ve had an enormous number of hits due to the publicity, but I assure people that on a normal day people will be able to access it really easily and it will really help what’s happening in your area right down to the ward level and the streets where you live.
This was built by Rock Kitchen Harris who had won about 30 of the contracts for the local police forces, so it shouldn’t have cost as much as it did to stitch it all together.
But that was then. Here’s what that 2009 link http://maps.police.uk/view/ looks like today on 1 February 2011:
Obviously everyone has been so impressed by the capabilities of the contractors Rock Kitchen Harris to deliver a good website that here we are again with a big song and dance over a website that has crashed during the launch of version 2 (though no one seems to notice that), which appears to have deployed map clustering technology rather than their crappy Bing tiles.
I can’t say any more about it as I can’t get a result from it:
And anyway I’ve got other things to do today. I do intend to find out if this map was built using from the same contract as October 2009, or if they have been given another £300,000 for this piece of work.
Now, it’s not perfect, but I do know which software/procurement team I’d take advice from if I were a government minister wanting to implement any sort of crime mapper technology.
But they’re not going to because the news media is two busy slathering over the story of the day, led by the nose like pigs on a string and incapable to do any proper research or memory test into even a front-line head-line story that is all over the airwaves today like a bad rash.
What a load of bollocks.