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December 1–3, 2015 • Singapore

Don't believe everything you see on CSI: Beyond predictive policing

Hong Eng Koh (Oracle), Vladimir Videnovic (Oracle)
4:50pm–5:30pm Wednesday, 12/02/2015
Data-driven Business
Location: 331 Level: Non-technical
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Prerequisite Knowledge

Some background knowledge at a high level of big data and social media.


Don’t believe what you see on CSI. It shows the same person going to the crime scene, and then interrogating and doing research. If only it worked like that, but it doesn’t. Typically you have different specialist branches, and because of that police departments tend to use technology based on how they are organised. You then might have 20 different vertical systems within any police department. So it is difficult to execute end-to-end policing.

And it is not just the police service. Overall, the public sector is fragmented, and within that, justice and public safety are the most fragmented of the sub-segments. This includes licensing, compliance, and fire safety regulations, law enforcement and policing, judiciary and emergency management.

What you need is a common platform. Big data offers that, but technology is both a threat and an opportunity.

From the threat side to public safety and security: it can engender flash mobs, crime sourcing, gamification, and even an element of social engineering.

From the opportunity side, people are using social media in rescue measures, such as around the Chinese Sichuan earthquake.

The second good thing is social-enabled policing (SEP). This is a new term and is the next wave of policing. It is not just about technology or networking. It is a bit like going back to community policing, in the age of social networking. At a time when public safety and national security are increasingly being challenged by technologies and social engineering, from radicalised youths to criminal gangs to paedophiles, the need to monitor and use it to detect and investigate criminal activities has increased dramatically.

From the Boston marathon bombing to the England riots, Oracle’s Hong-Eng Koh explains how community policing, empowered by big data, can work in the age of social media.

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Hong Eng Koh


Hong-Eng Koh started his career with the Singapore Police Force (SPF) after graduating under an SPF scholarship. Through the years, he has held various appointments including senior investigation officer, head of crime prevention and community policing, police spokesman; and head of operations and training of a division. His last appointment was as head of the Computer Systems Division, where he led the technical implementation of various police operational and administrative systems. After leaving SPF, he was in the systems integration business for a few years before joining Sun Microsystems performing sales leadership roles in the public sector. He was also Sun’s global lead for the Justice & Public Safety market. After more than nine years at Sun, Hong-Eng joined Oracle Corporation through the latter’s acquisition of Sun. He is now the global lead for the Justice and Public Safety business in Oracle. Hong-Eng graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Honors (2nd Upper) Degree in Mathematics. He obtained his MBA with Distinction from the University of Leeds (UK) and a Specialist Diploma in eCommerce from the Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore). Hong-Eng is the vice president of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB), an international non-profit society that promotes global partnerships with international criminal justice and corporate agencies to combat and prevent cyberspace crimes. He is also a visiting researcher at the China Public Security University.

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Vladimir Videnovic


Vladimir is an accomplished Information Management professional with a broad experience in a variety of environments and industries. Specialising in architecting and delivering business solutions, Vladimir is an achievements-orientated professional who actively demonstrates a high-performing approach and focus on successful business outcomes. Responsible for successful interpretation of corporate direction and supporting the regional strategy to deliver outstanding results in challenging economic times.

He possesses extensive experience in various aspects of solutions design and implementation, ranging from project leadership and management, business analysis to solution development and delivery.

In his current role with Oracle, Vladimir is engaged with a range of activities, from account and territory planning, discovery, tender responses, demonstrations and PoCs to execution of the sales strategy in accordance with adopted discipline.

Vladimir previously held a position of the National President of the Institute for Information Management in Australia (2007-2014), which allowed him to speak about trends in the industry and is considered a thought leader.

In his own time, Vladimir enjoys in scuba diving, woodworking, tennis, skiing and playing music.