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Oculus Receives IALEIA President's Award 2014

08/12/2014 1:45:53 PM
by Global Administrator
This year, Oculus was a proud recipient of an International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) President's Award.  

Presented at the IALEIA Annual Training event in Atlanta, Georgia, the Award recognizes Oculus' continued support and active involvement with the Association. Oculus Info has worked with IALEIA over the years, regularly attending the IALEIA annual training conference, providing IALEIA members with training and webinars.

Adeel Khamisa, Lead Product Specialist, Oculus Info accepting
IALEIA President's Award from IALEIA president Jenny Johnstone


CIO Review Names Oculus in 20 Most Promising GIS Solution Providers 2014

08/12/2014 1:26:28 PM
by Global Administrator
For their first annual Special GIS Edition, the editorial team at CIO Review evaluated hundreds of solution providers, selecting only a handful to be profiled as the "20 Most Promising GIS Solution Providers 2014" 

We were thrilled to see Oculus Info named on this list.

"Oculus as a company is primarily a research and development organization, which puts it in the unique position of being able to devote the majority of our resources towards researching new methods of solving complex geospatial challenges through visualization. They then take what they have learned through this research and use it to drive their COTS products forward, which provide a broad set of users with powerful
visualization and analysis tools.
"



Click here for full Oculus Info 2014 profile.



Announcing GeoTime 5.6 For Cell Site Analysis

23/07/2014 12:30:40 PM
by Global Administrator

The GeoTime Team is happy to announce GeoTime 5.6 for Cell Site Analysis, an analysis and reporting tool designed to support the historical analysis of call detail records (CDR) and live location alerts from mobile carriers. This new release of GeoTime helps law enforcement personnel with pre-processing carrier CDR formats, the analysis of a device’s location over time, as well as tools to easily create animated video reports. GeoTime includes a variety of resources and training programs to help new and existing users put these new capabilities to work as quickly as possible.

 

Advanced Cell Site Analysis Tools

  • New radius annotation to create visual buffers around locations such as cell towers
  • Improved cell tower sectors look and feel for improved reporting
  • Calls and SMS events can now be displayed at the center of the sector or at the tower location
  • New GeoTime Call Record Tools (GT-CRT) for automated pre-processing of mobile carrier record formats
  • Expanded CDR Carrier Formats Guide with enhanced support for Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile carrier formats

 

Multi-source Reporting

  • Add image content from any source such as photos, charts, maps, satellite imagery from 3rd party applications.
  • Advanced HTML editing of callout annotation contents

 

Live Location Alerts

  • GeoTime now supports Microsoft Exchange for live import of location alert emails
  • Support for new coordinate system formats, including PENLINK’s email alerts


Learn more about GeoTime 5.6 in the What's New section
The GeoTime Team



FCIAA 2014 and new AppleTV prize winner!

23/06/2014 12:23:14 PM
by Global Administrator
The GeoTime Team headed down to Orlando last week to attend the annual Florida Crime and Intel Analysis Association (FCIAA) conference. We had a great time, met some great analysts and look forward to returning next year.



 
We were most impressed with Det. Mundell’s talk on Social Media in Law Enforcement. Learned a ton!

The winner for the AppleTV prize draw is Sheena from Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, who will now be watching Netflix with ease! Congratulations to Sheena.


Thanks!
The GeoTime Team


GeoTime 5.5.4 Update Release Ready For Download

20/05/2014 7:02:56 PM
by Global Administrator
An updated release of GeoTime 5.5 is now available to all customers on active maintenance. This new release brings support for the latest release of Esri's ArcGIS 10.2.1 update, as well as minor bug fixes and improvements. Full details can be found in the GeoTime Online User Forums. 

For access to the new GeoTime 5.5.4 download, please contact support@geotime.com 


Thanks,
The GeoTime Team


GeoTime Regional Training Classes - Spring 2014 Schedule

10/02/2014 11:47:27 AM
by Global Administrator

The GeoTime Team is happy to announce our spring schedule for the GeoTime Regional Training Classes. This year, we have expended our classes to include a Level 2 class for advanced cell site analysis techniques, which picks up where the Level 1 classes finished off. Both classes are hands on, focusing on real world techniques for call records analysis, including data pre-processing, import, analysis and reporting. Attendees who complete any of the classes will receive a certificate of attendance. This year we have expanded our list of cities where we will be offering classes and will continue to add new cities throughout the year. The GeoTime Regional Training classes will continue to be offered at no charge again this year. 


Note: training classes are restricted to active law enforcement and military personnel only.



Current Class Schedule


March 6+7: Los Angeles, CA - Level 1 & 2 Classes
Host agency: LA CLEAR
April 23+24: Toronto, ON, Canada - Level 1 & 2 Classes
Host agency: Oculus Info Inc.
April 29+30: Bellevue, WA - Level 1 & 2 Classes
Host agency: Bellevue Police Department

 


To register for any of the confirmed classes, please visit our events page


If you are interested in hosting a future class, please contact Curtis Garton, GeoTime Product Manager at curtis.garton@oculusinfo.com

 



Tentative Classes

April: Oslo, Norway
April: Vienna, Austria
April: London, UK
May: Atlanta, GA, USA
May: New York, NY, USA
May: Philadelphia, PA, USA

To be notified of confirmed dates for any of the tentative classes listed above, please email us at training@geotime.com and we will contact you as soon as the dates have been confirmed. 
 

Cell Site Analysis Training Class - Level 1

 

 

Course Length: 3.5 hours
 

Course Agenda:

  • Call Detail Records (CDR) importing basics

    • Handling tower lists

    • Merging CDR records

  • Playing back call records over time

  • Recognizing patterns in the data

    • Movement

    • Stops

    • Repeated activities

    • Identifying a home base

    • Trips

    • Outliers

  • Time based analysis

    • Hour of day

    • Day of week

    • Before and after event(s) of interest

  • Advanced CDR Import

    • Pre-processing AT&T CDR .TXT file

    • Importing the data

      • Voice

      • SMS

      • Data

  • Importing and merging multiple handsets

  • Identify meetings between suspects

  • Adding in locations of interest

    • Crime location

    • Homebase

  • Identifying stationary periods

  • Identifying the most visited locations

  • Producing reports

    • Writing up analysis process and findings

    • Adding screenshots

    • Exporting a PowerPoint

  • Producing animated videos of the data

 
 

Cell Site Analysis Training Class - Level 2

 

 

Course Length: 7.5 hours
 

Course Agenda:

 
  • Data preparation
    • Naming and organizing records
  • GeoTime Call Records Tool
    • AT&T import
    • Sprint import
    • Verizon import
  • Handling Multiple Handsets
    • Merge multiple sets of records
  • Terminating Tower Locations
    • Adding terminating tower locations
  • Finding Patterns
    • Identify meetings between suspects
    • Identifying stationary periods
    • Identifying the most visited locations
  • Basic Links and Communications
    • Visual call direction between entities
  • Marking up your data:
    • Drawing
    • Annotations
  • Reporting
    • Producing PowerPoints for Court
    • Producing Videos for Court
 

A big thanks to our hosting partners for their support in facilitating these training events.


 

Thanks!

The GeoTime Team



GeoTime 5.5 Update Release

20/12/2013 12:25:51 PM
by Global Administrator
With the recent release of GeoTime® 5.5.3, the GeoTime team aimed to deliver agile responses to critical customer issues. In the past, most customer issues that required development repair were addressed in major releases of the software. The releases of GeoTime 5.5.2 and now 5.5.3 underscore our commitment to recognizing and addressing the most serious issues as they occur.

Here is support, we coordinate weekly with product management, quality assurance, and development teams. We are in constant communication about new or ongoing support requests, usability issues, and new technical challenges reported by users. Every member of the team has experience providing direct support to our users, which allows us to quickly identify the impact of critical issues and more effectively coordinate responses. When a GeoTime team member is away, the rest of the team provides seamless backup.

Many support issues are received by our product management team as they work with new users starting off in GeoTime. Most other requests come directly to technical support by email or by phone. The entire GeoTime team has access to the support phone line and voice mailbox to ensure consistent support coverage, and direct contact with all other team members. This helps us to quickly escalate an issue when required.

If we identify a bug, then we discuss ideas for addressing it quickly, and then put a plan in place to address it on a permanent basis. Patch releases are reserved for the most critical issues. Most of the time, we can suggest a workaround that bypasses the issue or minimizes its impact. In these cases, we schedule the bug for repair in the next major release. If we decide to issue a patch, we perform a complete QA evaluation, and then package it for distribution to users.

As a dynamic team, the key has been to keep everyone consistently informed. We all have a better understanding of both the state of the product and the needs of our users. It’s easier for us to address problems when we don’t have to preface discussions with background information.

Thanks for reading!  If you have any issues with GeoTime, don’t hesitate to contact us by email (support@oculusinfo.com) or telephone (416-203-3003, ext. 305). We are open Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. We do our best to provide responses to support issues on the same business day.

(For details on all fixes provided in GeoTime 5.5 point releases, please refer to the GeoTime 5.5 Version Notes.) 



Houston HIDTA: Using Cell Phone Records In Narcotics Investigations

19/09/2013 5:35:41 PM
by Global Administrator
 This summer, we were fortunate enough to have Megan Tyson from the Houston HIDTA present at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego. Megan Tyson is an Intelligence Analyst who supports various law enforcement activities in the Texas area and has been using GeoTime for the analysis and reporting of suspect’s CDR records. Megan’s presentation focused on how they use GeoTime for visualizing CDR records and playing back the movements of a suspect over time as part of criminal investigations. She uses GeoTime in combination with Esri’s ArcGIS to create animated videos and PowerPoint presentations that are used to help investigators catch and prosecute criminals.

The GeoTime team has been working with Megan and her colleagues for the past few years on developing new capabilities in GeoTime and this is the first time that they have been able to show off some of the great work that they are doing with the tool. A big thanks to Megan and her colleagues for taking the time to share some of their tradecraft.

 

The GeoTime Team 



GeoTime Regional Trainings - Fall 2013 Schedule

16/09/2013 11:32:21 AM
by Global Administrator
The GeoTime Cell Site Analysis Training Class - Level 1

The GeoTime Team is happy to announce the fall schedule for our GeoTime Regional Training Classes. The classes are hands on and will run for roughly 3.5 hours. This introductory class is being offered free of charge thanks to the local hosts who are listed below. To register, please email info@geotime.com and include your choice of the AM or PM class, as well as other relevant contact information.


Note: these training classes are restricted to active law enforcement personnel only.


Course Length: 3.5 hours

Course Agenda:

  • Call Detail Records (CDR) importing basics

    • Handling tower lists

    • Merging CDR records

  • Playing back call records over time

  • Recognizing patterns in the data

    • Movement

    • Stops

    • Repeated activities

    • Identifying a homebase

    • Trips

    • Outliers

  • Time based analysis

    • Hour of day

    • Day of week

    • Before and after event(s) of interest

  • Advanced CDR Import

    • Pre-processing AT&T V2 CDR .TXT file

    • Importing the data

      • Voice

      • SMS

      • Data

  • Importing and merging multiple handsets

  • Identify meetings between suspects

  • Adding in locations of interest

    • Crime location

    • Homebase

  • Identifying stationary periods

  • Identifying the most visited locations

  • Producing reports

    • Writing up analysis process and findings

    • Adding screenshots

    • Exporting a PowerPoint

  • Producing animated videos of the data



Course Locations and Details:


Bellevue, WA Area Training - Sept 23rd (Mon, PM) & Sept 24th (AM+PM classes are FULL)

Sponsor: Bellevue Police Department


Houston, TX Area Training - Oct 2nd (Wed, AM+PM)

Sponsor: Houston HIDTA


Hartford, CT Area Training - Oct 18th (Fri, AM+PM)

Sponsor: Hartford Police Department


Sacramento, CA Area Training - Nov 15th (Fri, AM+PM)

Sponsor: Sacramento County Sheriff

 
AM Classes are from 09:00 to 12:30
PM Classes are from 13:00 to 16:40

To register, please email info@geotime.com and include your choice of the AM or PM class, as well as other relevant contact information.

A big thanks to our hosts for their assistance in supporting these training events. If your agency is interested in hosting a GeoTime Regional Training Session, please contact us for more info.



Thanks!

The GeoTime Team



New iPod Touch Winners

23/08/2013 4:43:43 PM
by Global Administrator
The GeoTime Team had a busy summer this year, attending many events and shows to talk to analyst about GeoTime. At some of these events, we held a draw for an iPod Touch prize. Here are some of the most recent winners:

CGIA/CCIAA Conference - Darcy from Lake Forest, California
NATIA - Michael from Howard County, Maryland

And a big congratulations to Julie in Hunting Beach, California who won a one year license of GeoTime. 


Thanks to everyone for stopping by to visit The GeoTime Team.