Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) needed better tools for mining large sets of structured and unstructured data to improve investigation processes and reduce manual procedures.

The agency’s large data sets included more than 1 million records gathered from multiple sources in both structured and unstructured formats, such as images, videos, and documents. “It was very difficult to mine through the data, and the results were too broad with unclear targets,” says Police Colonel Yannaphon Youngyuen, Deputy Director of the Department of Special Investigation, Ministry of Justice, Thailand. “This often forced us to send personnel to the actual crime scenes, which cost us a lot of time and money.”

A report by Microsoft shows how they implemented new systems, and cut their investigation times from two years to 15 days.

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