Called narrative visualisation, it was built by UniSA's Andrew Cunningham, James Walsh and Bruce Thomson. They were assisted by the Data to Decisions Co-operative Research Centre and the technology will be marketed by process automation firm Genix Ventures.
“Studies have shown that people best understand information as a narrative,” Cunningham said in a statement.
“The narrative visualisation technology conveys a narrative by describing an investigation from the initial reporting of a crime to the final prosecution, highlighting important dates, times, people and events complemented by visual evidence and other important information.
Detectives can focus on the storylines of the people involved, instead of being limited by chronological order. This is claimed to enable understanding between investigators and prosecutors, leading to faster and more consistent outcomes.
D2D CRC chief executive Sanjay Mazumdar said that recognition of the difficulties with data management, shared understanding and insight regularly emerged from conversations with state and federal law enforcement agencies.
“We continued to hear that making sense of the deluge of information was a prohibitively complex process,” he said.
“Narrative visualisation technology removes the factors that regularly overwhelm investigators needing to manage literally thousands of pieces of data and creates a single, interactive view of the entire investigation.
“This is a real game changer for shared understanding of complex scenarios.”
The technology was awarded the 2018 Australian Information Industry Association prize for best research and development project in South Australia.
Commercialisation of the technology is expected to extend it to other data-intensive sectors.
“This technology is unquestionably an exciting innovation that will have a real impact in the Australian law enforcement arena,” said Genix Ventures managing director Steve Godinho.
“But Genix also sees enormous potential for the technology to be used to streamline decision-making in government agencies and industry, and this will be a key focus of our commercialisation activities.”