Helios and Matheson Analytics Goes Live With Twitter Real-Time Crime Feed In Association With India Institute of Technology
Coverage in Five Major Cities Begins Today
MIAMI & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) and Zone Technologies Inc., creator of the RedZone Map™ app, announced that they have completed beta testing and, starting today, have begun a national rollout campaign with coverage first in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The RedZone program utilizes the Twitter feed to post worldwide, real-time crime data, in collaboration with the India Institute of Technology (IIT).
Further enhancing RedZone Map’s proprietary technology, RedZone Map will now automatically source raw crime data from a major Twitter feed with the potential for 80 million tweets daily, and drop corresponding crime pins that display on RedZone’s map for the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami.
With the goal of using social listening to keep users aware of their surroundings, RedZone plans to roll out this enhancement beyond the initial cities. The enhanced RedZone Map application is currently available free from Google Play. RedZone Map goes beyond real-time crime reporting, offering safer navigation to steer users away from riskier routes.
Twitter feeds come in from all over the world, many about crime and terrorism. RedZone will be processing up to 80 million tweets daily, with its technology displaying these threats on RedZone Map in real-time – crime that is happening that very moment. If news of a shooting in Chicago comes across the Twitter feed, RedZone Map now drops a corresponding pin with that information on the map, allowing users to be more aware of their surroundings in real-time. If there is terrorist activity that posts through the feed, users are immediately advised as well. A prime example is the most recent terrorist attack that occurred in London. During the beta test period, RedZone Map was able to monitor real-time Twitter traffic, sourcing the Twitter raw data and enabling the app to acquire current news and information live from the scene.
“This is a game changer for RedZone,” said Ted Farnsworth, founder of RedZone. “The combination of the Twitter feed and our own internal proprietary social listening technology will enable us to bring one of the most sophisticated crime databases to our users, literally making it available at their fingertips.”
“This groundbreaking technology is now a part of RedZone Map,” said Dharanipragada Janakiram, PhD, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras, who is spearheading this project. “I am very pleased with our findings and our ability to source this Big Data efficiently and quickly creating a seamless transaction for the RedZone Map user. This is extraordinary, and next we plan to tie the RedZone Map platform with its artificial intelligence technology in an effort to predict crime.”
About RedZone Map
RedZone (Zone Technologies, Inc.) is a state-of-the-art mapping and spatial analysis company with operations in the U.S. and Israel. It has created a community-based ecosystem that features a socially empowered safety map app that enhances mobile GPS navigation using advanced proprietary technology to guide travelers to their destinations, giving them a choice of a safer route vs. a riskier route. The app incorporates a social media component, which allows for “it’s happening now” crime reporting coupled with real-time crime data from more than 1,400 local, state, national and global sources. RedZone Map is currently available to iOS and Android users. More information is available on the RedZone Map website. Zone Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) is the creator of RedZone Map.