GTL Data IQ: A Unique Security Aid

GTL Data IQ: A Unique Security Aid
Mitch Volkart, GTL Senior Product Manager

February 15, 2018

From Sir Author Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes on the page to Adrian Monk on the small screen to Making a Murderer on your streaming device, for centuries the public has been fascinated by detective stories. Recently, technology has made a significant impact on the way that crimes are solved, and GTL is a part of that movement.

GTL Data IQ is the most powerful analytical packages on the market, allowing investigators to visually analyze immense amounts of data, consolidating information from a number of databases, and providing concrete, actionable intelligence. It can be used to uncover connections between inmates and people on the outside that might be aiding them in the commission of a crime—uncovering such associations can help reduce risks and keep facilities safer.

Although no one ever wants violence to occur in a facility, incidents do happen. A recent homicide at a major correctional facility prompted an extensive investigation into the incident. GTL’s on-site analysts assisted investigators in looking at data from telephone systems, visitation logs, and financial transactions to map out the victim’s network, ultimately helping to identify the suspect.

GTL Data IQ can ingest any data source—whether it is GTL data, third-party vendor data, facility data, or human intelligence data—and present the information in either a table or link diagram view that is easily customized by investigators. With GTL Data IQ, investigators can strategically mine data in a way that is more efficient, effective, and accurate, making facilities safer and solving crimes quicker.

Mitch Volkart is a Senior Product Manager at GTL. He has over 17 years of law enforcement experience and 8 years with the Missouri Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office conducting investigations, managing intelligence operations, and serving as Deputy Inspector General. He has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

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GTL Data IQ: A Unique Security Aid

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