Socrata and Motorola solutions end a partnership that powers crime mapping tools. A year ago, Socrata was acquired by Motorola's competitor Tyler Technologies.
Socrata Digital Government Software Inc. announced an effort to improve with Motorola's solution, an interactive online map owned by Motorola that has extracted crime data from records management for more than three years. Computer-aided dispatch systems throughout the United States. At that time, CrimeReports had become a resource for agencies to share local police work with interested citizens, and the measures that Motorola will take remain to be seen.
Tyler Technologies spokesperson Saf Rabah confirmed that the spin-off will be completed in June and Tyler Technologies' customers and products will remain unaffected.
“When Socrata was an independent company, we worked together to bring our expertise in open data... to the modernization of CrimeMaps maps that provide data on networks and mobile devices,” he said. "This relationship won't last forever. We have time horizons, but I think Tyler's acquisition of Socrata last year has accelerated the time horizon. Taylor and Motorola are competing in the public safety arena, so I can only assume that this is the reason."
Last week, Motorola Solutions spokesperson Kathy Van Buskirk sent an email statement confirming that CrimeReports will continue to be used without Socrata's involvement.
"There will soon be a new crime map (expected to be in June) to replace CrimeReports, which will be implemented seamlessly and will continue to show crimes to the public without interruption," the statement said. “The new map will be updated to include: enhanced look and feel, better user experience, universal search bar, easy access, and more frequent data update options, waiting for institutional settings. Overall, customers or communities don’t have to take Any action continues to use CrimeReports."
The news of the split between Socrata and the Motorola solution has caused some people to feel uneasy, such as SpotCrime's market developer Brittany Suszan, who is worried about losing a major open data source. She said the partnership is an important step in opening up the data, she noted that the trend of large companies acquired like her crime map: LexisNexis acquired BAIR Analytics in 2015 took over the RAIDSonline, CrimeMapping.com of The Omega developed by TriTech Software Systems The Group and CrimeReports acquired in 2016 were operated by a company called Public Engine, after which Motorola acquired the company.