Qualcomm Wireless Reach Initiative (WRI) in El Salvador: Wireless Security

To strengthen the violence analysis and mapping capabilities of Santa Tecla's violence observatory through the adoption of state of the art telecommunication technology. The municipality of Santa Tecla established in 2006 a municipal observatory to monitor the violence indices in different sector of the city. In 2009, USAID, through its implementer Research Triangle Institute (RTI), provided technical assistance and some equipment. Last year, RTI established a partnership with Qualcomm Incorporated (Qualcomm), a San Diego, California-based leading developer and innovator of wireless technologies, products and services to further strengthen the observatory's capabilities. Seguridad Inalambrica (Wireless Security) is a new system that provides Salvadoran law enforcement and municipal government personnel with devices and applications that can assist in the development of new and more effective programs to reduce crime. The system includes mobile- and web-based applications which communicate with each other to provide the municipality of Santa Tecla with centralized and easily accessible real-time crime mapping capabilities. Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Wireless Reach initiative, has provided funding to RTI, approximately $250,000 to roll out this system. Funding supports system design and development, training, implementation, management and monitoring and evaluation. In close cooperation with the municipality of Santa Tecla, the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC, The National Civilian Police) and other local stakeholders, the RTI team tested a cost-effective method for reporting and mapping crime using mobile smartphones operating on local telecom company Tigo's 3G HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) network. Participating law enforcement agents from the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) and the Cuerpo de Agentes Metropolitanas (CAM) have been issued 3G mobile phones equipped with a simple Java-based software application for reporting crimes. Agents use the application to report each crime from as near as possible to the location of the crime. Information regarding the nature and location of the crime then is immediately transmitted by the officer from the 3G handset to a web-based crime database application. Once the data has been entered into the database, officials from Santa Tecla's Observatory can access the data in real-time for analysis. The system displays incidents on detailed maps, facilitates the identification of high-risk locations and helpstrack changes in crime patterns over time as law enforcement agencies crime and violence prevention programs are introduced.
Total Lifetime Investment 
$ 300,000.00
USG Investment 
$ 50,000.00
Non-USG Investment 
$ 250,000.00
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