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Big Blue Arms Men in Blue

[Toronto, ONTARIO] While it might be a few decades before gun-slinging robots begin patrolling Toronto's dark city streets, the city's police force has received a tech-savvy, crime-fighting tool.

Thanks to Big Blue, Toronto's men in blue will have access to a crime reporting application known as eCops (Enterprise Case and Occurrence Processing System). IBM's infrastructure software, including the company's DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server and MQSeries will serve as the application's foundation. eCops will support more than 7,000 users and is expected to save the organization more than CDN $4-million. DB2 will also become the new foundation for the organization's PeopleSoft human resource application.

Using IBM's software as the foundation for eCops will provide officers with an electronic method of processing missing person reports, crime cases and occurrences, warrants and other criminal information. Data mining technology and extensive mapping and geocoding will help analyze trends and crime patterns for faster reaction and more efficient utilization of resources. Wireless access via mobile laptops and the ability to cross-reference Toronto police data with international agencies will also be implemented.

"Our goal is to identify problems earlier, address them quickly and reduce the effect on our communities we are paid to serve," said Inspector Mike Farrar of the Toronto Police Service. "The scalability, cost effectiveness and industry-leading technology found in DB2 will be critical to our success."

Book 'em, IBM.