Tuesday, June 4, 2013

More risk data, more informed decisions with Visual Command Center

Thanks to a new partnership agreement, IDV Solutions can now offer risk data from Applied Geographic Solutions’ in our Visual Command Center. This means that companies using Visual Command Center can now identify even more potential threats to their assets—whether buildings or people— then make proactive decisions to solve these issues faster.

Informed Analysis Means Better Decisions
AGS is now providing us with their CrimeRisk, WeatherRisk, and QuakeRisk indexes, demographics, and climate data. These risk feeds are based on U.S. Census information enhanced with data from surveys and statistics.

AGS’ risk indexes show us areas that are, and have been, more prone to threats, based on informed analyses. Combined with risk data from other sources in Visual Command Center, these feeds provide companies with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

Crime Risk Location Data
For example, let’s say we want to place a new company location in the Los Angeles area, where the safety of different neighborhoods is a concern. Using the AGS CrimeRisk index for Los Angeles (below) we can distinguish between areas where the crime risk is high compared to the national average (the large, blue circles,) and areas where it’s lower (the small green circles).

Digging deeper, we can learn where there was hate crime, or law enforcement officers assaulted or killed.
Risk visualization of crime in the LA area
AGS CrimeRisk data is based on an accurate analysis of seven years of FBI crime statistics, and the relationship between crime and demographics. This database also includes the latest national and metropolitan trends from the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) publications.

Demographics with depth
AGS demographic dimensions data is based on an extensive statistical analysis of over seven hundred separate demographic attributes, including geographic, household, housing, income, population and labor force characteristics. AGS recently rebuilt their demographic dimensions based on the 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data.

Demographic data with this depth lets us make significant discoveries.  Recently, we have used AGS data to analyze factors such as commuting patterns, bicycle transportation, and tax & income landscapes.

Visualized demographic US data

The picture above shows the AGS employment stability index. This index rates areas by how they differ from a national perspective when it comes to the consistency and confidence of local employment.

This index is on a regional scale, with the lowest employment stability areas appearing a cool, darker blue, and the higher stability areas, a warmer orange then yellow. This complements the more local-scale crime map. For example, where there is not much employment stability, we might expect more crime. Visual Command Center could help us investigate this relationship for any location, in the entire world.


The AGS WeatherRisk and QuakeRisk data uses historical records of hurricane, earthquake, wind, hail, storm and other weather phenomena to determine the risk level of different locations. The database also includes temperature, precipitation, degree-days, and air quality measures in its climate risk index.

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