The overall objective of this project was to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Interior for the efficient and effective fight against serious and organised crime, corruption and terrorism.
The first phase of this software engineering project consisted in documentation and analysis of the existing business processes for criminal intelligence in the Ministry of Interior. This information then provided the basis for re-engineering the processes and designing an integrated system to provide information support for all the processes involved in conducting both criminal and analytical cases. In addition, functional and technical specifications were produced, to be used as part of tender documentation for developing the required system.
Using the specifications provided in the first phase of the project, details of the system requirements were further refined, in accordance with the needs of the Ministry of Interior, and an integrated Criminal Intelligence (iCIS) system was developed, tested and implemented to meet these agreed requirements. The iCIS system enables controlled sharing of secret information both internally and outside the system, governed by the right and need to access information in a timely manner. iCIS is developed as a multilayer, modular service-oriented system with a scaleable central database. The system is accessible to users via standard Intranet browsers. Data can be reliably and securely exchanged with other authorised public institutions via the internet, using XML documents and PKI infrastructure.
The new integrated system (iCIS) collects data from different sources into the central database, such as information taken from police reports, or from recorded telephone conversations etc. Data analysts then enrich this data with further details, which can then be used for criminal intelligence management. The data collected and enriched enables the users and beneficiaries to have access to reliable and coherent data, which can then be used as a basis for future decision-making, such as whether or not to open a court case.