Data structured by region, province or district can be useful for quick spatial queries. However, data organised to pre-set geographic areas can also be problematic. For example, if you are interested in analysing an event at a more nuanced, local level, or you want to explore a space that spans several geographic areas.
We’ve been doing some R&D on this type of query. Our aim was to make it easier for Security Managers to use custom area searches within our Information Management System, so they don’t have to rely on set geographic boundaries.
We’ve now developed a function that allows you to draw spatial queries onto a map and then view security incidents around that area specifically. Spatial queries can be set as a radius around a point, a line along a route or as a polygon.
You can set a radius around a point (shown above in orange). This is useful if you are interested in incidents near a specific point. For example, if you were interested in seeing incidents around a specific building.
Setting a radius around a line (shown in orange) allows you to see incidents along a route which could be helpful when planning journeys.
You can also set a radius around a polygon that has been drawn freehand (shown in orange). This would allow you to see incidents near an area of operation or concession, for example.
Spatial queries allow for fine grain local analysis of a custom area of interest. This helps security teams to quickly find important information in relation to an area of operation or interest and provides useful information for highly tailored reports.