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Workshop On Technology Driven Policing

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Workshop On Technology Driven Policing

Representatives of the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh included Mr. Nanduri Sambasiva Rao (DGP, AP), Mrs. A.R. Anuradha (Principal Secretary, Home Department, Govt. of AP), and Dr. Gandhi PC Kaza (Advisor to the Govt. of AP) along with the Superintendents of Police (SP) and Inspector Generals (IG) of the state, as well as key personnel from the department’s IT team while Mr. Arthur Ball (Head, APAC Region from Singapore ) and Mr. Mahesh Punyamurthula (Chief Technology Strategist for Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Safety, National Security & Defense Team, United States) along with Mr. Aaron Yue, Architect (Singapore ) represented Microsoft, MSRCosmos was represented by Mrs. Devi Kondapi (CEO), Mr. Sivagopal Modadugula (CSO), Mr. Raghavendra Prabhu (Global Head -Sales & Solutions), Ms. Levin Key (Director Sales, North America) and Mr. Pradeep Kumar (Director Sales, APAC Region).

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Workshop on Technology-Driven Policing

We are delighted to share with you some details of a highly engaging and fruitful workshop on technology-driven policing called the “Technopol AP 2018,” that was conducted during 8th – 10th of May, 2017 in Vijayawada by Andhra Pradesh Police Department (APPD) and Microsoft, and facilitated by MSRCosmos.

Representatives of the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh included Mr. Nanduri Sambasiva Rao (DGP, AP), Mrs. A.R. Anuradha (Principal Secretary, Home Department, Govt. of AP), and Dr. Gandhi PC Kaza (Advisor to the Govt. of AP) along with the Superintendents of Police (SP) and Inspector Generals (IG) of the state, as well as key personnel from the department’s IT team while Mr. Arthur Ball (Head, APAC Region from Singapore ) and Mr. Mahesh Punyamurthula (Chief Technology Strategist for Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Safety, National Security & Defense Team, United States) along with Mr. Aaron Yue, Architect (Singapore ) represented Microsoft, MSRCosmos was represented by Mrs. Devi Kondapi (CEO), Mr. Sivagopal Modadugula (CSO), Mr. Raghavendra Prabhu (Global Head -Sales & Solutions), Ms. Levin Key (Director Sales, North America) and Mr. Pradeep Kumar (Director Sales, APAC Region).

The undercurrent of the 3-day workshop was how the APPD, Microsoft, and MSRCosmos working together can bring about technologies and best practices to enhance policing capabilities of the Andhra Pradesh Police Department, based on the foundation of industry’s best cybersecurity standards and practices. Another important objective was to create an atmosphere that would enhance the sense of security of the citizens of the state of Andhra Pradesh by providing technologies that engage the ones that the APPD protects, including vulnerable sections of the population.

The AP Police put forth its case to drive home the significance of these smart-policing initiatives and, Microsoft and MSRCosmos provided a sneak-peek into the various possible advanced technology solutions that will help the APP and the state government achieve the objectives set from Technopol.

It was quite an interactive workshop with active participation from all the stake-holders involved. Concluding the much successful workshop was a felicitation ceremony that was held to honor various key people of this initiative who have helped in taking forward the endeavour of the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and its Police Department.

Here are some photos of the event:

Mr. Gandhi (Advisor to the Govt. of AP) delivering the inaugural speech.
Mr. Gandhi (Advisor to the Govt. of AP) delivering the inaugural speech.

Ms. Devi delivering a session on Advanced Analytics
Mrs. Devi Kondapi (CEO, MSRCosmos) delivering a session on Advanced Analytics in Smart-Policing.

Ms. Devi CEO, MSRCosmos delivering a session on Advanced Analytics in Smart-Policing.

Mr. Sambasiva (DGP, AP) and Mr. Gandhi (Advisor to the Govt. of A.P) at the workshop.
Mrs. Devi Kondapi(CEO, MSRCosmos), Mr. N. Sambasiva Rao (DGP, AP) and Mr. Gandhi (Advisor to the Govt. of A.P) at the workshop.

Discussions between Microsoft, MSRCosmos, and AP Police.
Discussions between Microsoft, MSRCosmos, and AP Police – presided by Mr. N. Sambasiva Rao, DGP, AP(Centre)

Mr. Damodar (IG, Technical Services?) felicitating MSRCosmos team principals, Mr. Sivagopal & Ms. Devi.
Mr. E. Damodar (IGP, Technical Services, AP Police) felicitating MSRCosmos team principals, Mr. Sivagopal & Mrs. Devi.

Mr. Bhaskar Bhusan,IPS (SP West Godavari Dist.) felicitating Raghavendra Prabhu
Mr. Bhaskar Bhusan,IPS (SP West Godavari Dist.) felicitating Mr. Raghavendra Prabhu

Mr. Navin Gulati, IPS (Deputy Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam) felicitating Pradeep Kumar (MSRCosmos)
Mr. Navin Gulati, IPS (Deputy Commissioner of Police, L&O, Visakhapatnam) felicitating Mr. Pradeep Kumar

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Self-Service Data Ingestion

Self-service BI has today become mainstream in the enterprise set-up. BI tools have the capability to connect and visualize data located in disparate systems. Their primary purpose is to help businesses realize value out of the enterprise data-marts. The traditional concept of discovery, planning, budgeting, allocating, and implementing data-marts within enterprises takes time and, consequently, delays value realization. With the availability of fairly-priced and hardware in the market (with enterprise-grade proven open-source technologies) that offer unlimited data storage and processing options, it is only logical to continue down the path of self-service data ingestion.

Data integration, in its simplest form, involves retrieval from source, applying single (or) multi-step transformation(s) and saving it in the target system. Enterprises are leveraging a variety of secondary data-stores to replicate transactional data for analytics / historical statistics or other reasons. Data synchronization between primary to secondary data-sources involved enterprises creating custom solutions that entailed investing a substantial amount of time and money. To address this crippling issue, the Kafka ecosystem came up with a framework called ‘Kafka Connect’. The framework addresses only the data extraction / load aspect of the use-case. If the enterprises need transformation / mediation, then Apache Spark or other middleware technologies shall have to be leveraged with the transformed data fed back into Kafka before saving in the target system. For additional details referring to system design, please check out Confluent documentation.

To put it simply, the framework (see image) connects to the data-source, retrieves data, and stores it in the Kafka topic. The stored data can be consumed by one or more sinks as well as parallelly ingested into one or multiple secondary stores. In case this data needs to be transformed / translated, a spark stream or similar technologies can be leveraged for stream processing.

MSRCosmos has built an in-house product on similar lines with added capabilities, which is being successfully leveraged by multiple customers. Our next release of the product will leverage Kafka Connect for data ingestion while still keeping intact the core strengths of our product (i.e. analytics + machine learning).

We leverage Docker for testing new products / technologies / framework for obvious reasons. Here is a sample Docker-compose file for kick-starting Kafka Connect:

version: ‘2’
services:
kafkaconnectui:
image: landoop/kafka-connect-ui
environment:
CONNECT_URL: “https://connect:8083/”
links:
– connect
ports:
– “8000:8000”
zk:
image: 31z4/zookeeper:3.4.8

kafka:
image: ches/kafka
links:
– zk
environment:
KAFKA_BROKER_ID: 0
KAFKA_ADVERTISED_HOST_NAME: kafka
KAFKA_ADVERTISED_PORT: 9092
ZOOKEEPER_CONNECTION_STRING: zk:2181
ZOOKEEPER_CHROOT: /broker-0

connect:
image: 1ambda/kafka-connect
links:
– kafka
ports:
– “8083:8083”
environment:
CONNECT_BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS: kafka:9092
CONNECT_GROUP_ID: cluster1

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