HORUS

Justice and Public Safety

To solve cases, law enforcement officers first need high-quality search results. From all relevant sources, on any device, and in fractions of a second. With this in mind, WCC HORUS provides a Single Search Interface for finding and linking identity information from any number of law enforcement systems. This interoperability enables officers to search faster, intuitively, more efficiently, and with better results.

Law enforcement challenges

During their investigations, law enforcement officers will spend many precious hours on inefficient search processes. The information they need to identify suspects and solve cases will often be scattered across a complex landscape of many disparate law enforcement systems and databases. As a rule, interoperability is severely limited, which results in information silos, missing data, and delays. Criminal organizations will naturally exploit these gaps in interoperability. As well as the inevitable delays in identification. As a result, suspects have every opportunity to escape justice.

Summarizing, some of the main challenges associated with these law enforcement systems are:

  • Each system represents an isolated silo. So officers frequently have to query each separately. This process is inefficient as well as time-consuming.
  • Systems fail to link similar identities across databases. This failure can therefore cause officers to miss crucial connections.
  • They contain personal and sensitive data. For this reason, access is restricted based on user privileges and data privacy regulations.
  • Each system may be from a different vendor. It may also include legacy systems that don’t comply with modern standards or protocols. Therefore, they can’t exchange information seamlessly.
  • They inevitably contain diverse types of data. For instance, biometrics, biographical information, and metadata, all using a range of standards. So officers can’t compare identities on an ‘apples to apples’ basis.
  • The systems are unable to effectively search, and link together, the enormous amounts of metadata derived from surveillance systems. The sheer quantity of data can consequently be overwhelming.

HORUS – the solution to interoperability

HORUS is WCC’s interoperability solution for law enforcement. It uniquely provides a Single Search Interface for searching and linking information from all law enforcement applications and databases. Using HORUS, law enforcement officers can therefore search faster, more efficiently, and with better results.

How HORUS handles the challenges

Let’s see how HORUS handles the challenges identified above. As we have seen, most of the current law enforcement systems:

…are implemented in silos and fail to link similar identities

HORUS can search all the available data sources simultaneously using a Single Search Interface. Therefore linking any records found that may belong to the same identity.

…are bound by access rules and data privacy regulations

HORUS returns only those results the user has permission to see. It can return Hit/No Hit flags instead of the full record, and does not store data itself. Therefore, HORUS respects both data ownership and security.

…are developed by different vendors (both databases and biometrics)

HORUS is completely vendor-agnostic. And it uses the POLE data model to structure the results. Searching and matching across disparate systems is therefore both efficient and straightforward.

…contain many different and diverse types of data

HORUS is data-agnostic, and also multi-modal. So HORUS can search and match across biometrics, biographical information, and metadata.

…contain massive amounts of hard-to-use metadata

HORUS uses advanced fuzzy matching techniques to derive actionable results from metadata, whatever the quantity.

How HORUS handles the challenges

Let’s see HORUS how handles the problems identified above. As has been noted, most of the current law enforcement systems:

  • …are implemented in silos and fail to link similar identities
    HORUS can search all the available data sources simultaneously using a Single Search Interface (SSI). Therefore linking any records found that may belong to the same identity.
  • …are bound by access rules and data privacy regulations
    HORUS returns only those results the user has permission to see. It can return Hit/No Hit flags instead of the full record, and does not store data itself. Therefore, HORUS respects both data ownership and security.
  • …are developed by different vendors (both databases and biometrics)
    HORUS is completely vendor-agnostic. And it uses the POLE data model to structure the results. Searching and matching across disparate systems is therefore both efficient and straightforward.
  • …contain many different and diverse types of data
    HORUS is data-agnostic, and also multi-modal. So HORUS can search and match across biometrics, biographical information, and metadata.
  • …contain massive amounts of hard-to-use metadata
    HORUS uses advanced fuzzy matching techniques to derive actionable results from metadata, whatever the quantity.

HORUS – superior matching capabilities

Data quality is not always optimal, and discrepancies can then have grave consequences. The Boston Marathon bomber story is just one example. In this case, Federal agencies overlooked the suspect because his name in travel documents was inconsistent. But our MITRE Award-winning “human-like” matching resolves such issues. This is because it easily handles spelling variants, typos, and other data quality problems. As a result, the number of manual checks border officials need to carry out is reduced.

Multi-cultural name matching is another significant security pitfall. For instance, take the Arabic name HERMES Border Management and Passenger Screening Solution – Mohammed. Transliteration into the Latin alphabet can yield many different spelling variants, such as Muhamet or Muhammed. Identification documents may also contain diminutives (Bill for William or Sasha for Alexander). And patronyms too (Ivanovich or Ivanovna, son or daughter of Ivan).

By the same token, similar issues arise with international variants of place names. Biographical or criminal records may store the Dutch city of The Hague as Den Haag (Dutch), The Hague (English), La Haye (French), La Haya (Spanish), and so on. Ambiguous dates pose yet another hurdle: does 06/08/1999 stand for June 8, or August 6? Even so, HORUS  and our ELISE ID Platform catches and matches any such variants with ease.

A technology for producing accurate matches, even from incomplete, poor quality, or disparate data. For example, this enables you to match with numbers within specified ranges, and find affinity matches for similar names, words, or concepts. You can also obtain results from data containing errors, or inconsistencies, such as variable spellings.

The capacity of systems to exchange and also make use of information seamlessly. Most (legacy) law enforcement systems are not inherently interoperable.

People (or Persons), Objects, Locations, Events. A data model and format for categorizing and structuring law enforcement data. This enables officers to find information more quickly and successfully.

Single Search Interface. A single entry point through which different applications, databases, and systems can be accessed simultaneously.

Reasons to choose HORUS

An exceptional and unique technology for law enforcement

HORUS provides a Single Search Interface for interoperability and simultaneous access to law enforcement systems

As a result, law enforcement officers don’t need to log in to many different systems. And it will reduce any risk of missing crucial systems or data.

HORUS yields high-quality search results across many different databases and data formats

Search results are displayed intelligently. And potentially relevant links that ELISE’s fuzzy matching capabilities find will be highlighted.

HORUS enables finding persons of interest even using low-quality or incomplete data

By smartly connecting data sources and by using expert identification methods, a ‘golden record’ is created of a person.

HORUS offers user privilege-based access to information anywhere, anytime, on any device

HORUS respects established authentication and authorization methods but adds a Single Sign-On layer if required. This feature allows officers to search through all their systems while also maintaining all relevant access controls.

Reasons to choose HORUS

  • HORUS provides a Single Search Interface for interoperability and simultaneous access to law enforcement systems
    As a result, law enforcement officers don’t need to log in to many different systems. And it will reduce any risk of missing crucial systems or data.
  • HORUS yields high-quality search results across many different databases and data formats
    Search results are displayed intelligently. And potentially relevant links that ELISE’s fuzzy matching capabilities find will be highlighted.
  • HORUS enables finding persons of interest even using low-quality or incomplete data
    By smartly connecting data sources and by using expert identification methods, a ‘golden record’ is created of a person.
  • HORUS offers user privilege-based access to information anywhere, anytime, on any device
    HORUS respects established authentication and authorization methods but adds a Single Sign-On layer if required. This feature allows officers to search through all their systems while also maintaining all relevant access controls.

HORUS – How does it work?

Our video explains the challenges law enforcement agencies face today. And in addition, how HORUS can help solve these challenges. In the first place, many information systems containing sensitive data have strict data ownership rules. Or they have different data structures. As a result, retrieving and linking data from these silos remains an obstacle faced by investigators. WCC’s out-of the-box interoperable solutions can quickly and effectively search and identify matches. From different sources, and also on any device.

HORUS Justice and Public Safety

Key HORUS features

  • Single Search Interface for every device
  • Automated iterative search
  • Easy-to-configure business logic and workflows
  • Person-centric results
  • Connects to every kind of database
  • Easy integration with existing connectors to most used systems
  • Designed with data privacy in mind
  • Advanced authentication and authorization methods
HORUS Justice and Public Safety

Success Stories

Poliisi

(Finland)

Poliisi

• The Finnish Police legacy system had multiple diverse systems. As a result, hard to search or add new rules, difficult for officers to use effectively.
• ELISE ID Platform was implemented as key interoperability component of the new Police Intelligence System, also used by Customs and Border personnel.
• The result? Effective search across all databases, as well as fuzzy matching of identity data. Searching for people, objects, locations has never been easier.

eu-LISA

(Europe)

European Union

• The EU needed a central database for all visa applications in order to combat ‘visa shopping’.
• The EU VIS system uses WCC ELISE ID Platform with biographic matching and multi-cultural name matching capabilities.

• EU VIS is the most stable and highest-performing of all EU systems.

For more details, including the use of UMF to achieve EU interoperability, please visit this blog.

Instituto Nacional de Migración

(Mexico)

Instituto Nacional de Migración

• The large flow of immigrants crossing the Guatemalan border with Mexico called for border control and an Identity Management System.
• The Identity Management System uses ELISE ID Platform with integrated biographic data and biometrics.
• The system gives insights into migratory routes, records multiple encounters of the same person, and can also assist food allocation using biometric data.

Poliisi

(Finland)

Poliisi

• The Finnish Police legacy system had multiple diverse systems. As a result, hard to search or add new rules, difficult for officers to use effectively.
• ELISE ID Platform was implemented as key interoperability component of the new Police Intelligence System, also used by Customs and Border personnel.
• The result? Effective search across all databases, as well as fuzzy matching of identity data. Searching for people, objects, locations has never been easier.

eu-LISA

(Europe)

European Union

• The EU needed a central database for all visa applications in order to combat ‘visa shopping’.
• The EU VIS system uses WCC ELISE ID Platform with biographic matching and multi-cultural name matching capabilities.

• EU VIS is the most stable and highest-performing of all EU systems.

For more details, including the use of UMF to achieve EU interoperability, please visit this blog.

Poliisi

(Finland)

Poliisi

• The Finnish Police legacy system had multiple diverse systems. As a result, hard to search or add new rules, difficult for officers to use effectively.
• ELISE ID Platform was implemented as key interoperability component of the new Police Intelligence System, also used by Customs and Border personnel.
• The result? Effective search across all databases, as well as fuzzy matching of identity data. Searching for people, objects, locations has never been easier.

eu-LISA

(Europe)

European Union

• The EU needed a central database for all visa applications in order to combat ‘visa shopping’.
• The EU VIS system uses WCC ELISE ID Platform with biographic matching and multi-cultural name matching capabilities.

• EU VIS is the most stable and highest-performing of all EU systems.

For more details, including the use of UMF to achieve EU interoperability, please visit this blog.

Instituto Nacional de Migración

(Mexico)

Instituto Nacional de Migración

• The large flow of immigrants crossing the Guatemalan border with Mexico called for border control and an Identity Management System.
• The Identity Management System uses ELISE ID Platform with integrated biographic data and biometrics.
• The system gives insights into migratory routes, records multiple encounters of the same person, and can also assist food allocation using biometric data.

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