LEEDIR (Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository) is a cloud based platform that can be activated for FREE by law enforcement and relief agencies during major emergency events to collect, manage, analyze and share virtually unlimited amounts of eyewitness photos, videos and text. When activated, (i) eyewitnesses can submit multimedia information via the LEEDIR mobile apps (iOS and Android) and the LEEDIR website and (ii) collaborating agencies can securely manage, analyze and share information rapidly. LEEDIR is built on expandable cloud server infrastructure in order to process massive amounts of data. This provides law enforcement agencies, relief agencies and eyewitnesses with an easy-to-use, end-to-end solution. (Learn about the features)
LEEDIR is an award winning, public and private sector collaboration. It is powered, operated and supported by CitizenGlobal and was conceptualized by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Partners who can provide software or resources that can help improve the program are welcome to contact us.
The LEEDIR Program Was Created to Solve Significant Challenges
The Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation Exposed the Challenges
In order to collect eyewitness media, investigators attempted to use cobbled together solutions, such as email servers, which crashed due to the massive volume (many terabytes) of eyewitness media submitted. Citizens were then asked to deliver media on hard drives. This led to significant technology challenges and made it extremely time-consuming and resource intensive to ingest, process, manage, analyze and share this valuable, time-sensitive data.
Challenge #1. In today’s world, eyewitness (“first observer”) media is captured and stored across disparate devices:
- Citizen smartphones/cameras
- Local business surveillance cameras
- Social media, blogs, websites, etc.
- News media/photojournalist cameras and production workflows
- First responder body and in-vehicle cameras
- And many more devices growing every day, from drones to smart watches…
Challenge #2. Collecting, managing, analyzing and sharing this media using cobbled-together solutions (like email, hard drives, MMS, etc) leads to significant technical issues, such as:
- File size constraints severely limit the use of email systems or website upload tools, particularly on mobile devices
- Limited bandwidth and processing power/speed
- Media compression/corruption/complete loss
- Gaps in audit trails
- Media transcoding issues
- Inability to collaboratively analyze media – and on a remote basis
- Difficulties in efficiently sharing/distributing information to other interested parties
The LEEDIR Solution is Created
Solution Sought by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD)
Recognizing that a similar major emergency event could occur in Los Angeles and be documented by thousands of cameras, the LASD set out to find a solution that would prepare them to overcome the technology challenges experienced in Boston.
LEEDIR is Created and Tested by CitizenGlobal and LASD
CitizenGlobal, the only cloud-based platform with the required functionality and expandable server infrastructure, stepped in to provide the LEEDIR solution. CitizenGlobal offers its platform to LEEDIR, free of charge. (Learn More)
LEEDIR is Adopted and Activated
In just the first year of the program’s existence, it has already been adopted by several hundred agencies, from the largest cities/counties to the smallest towns, and has been successfully activated and used in the investigation and response to several major emergency events. Register your agency now and see a use case.
LEEDIR was designed to address major criminal events, terrorist events and natural disasters. It can only be activated by U.S. and Canadian law enforcement and relief agencies for events that meet the criteria below. If your event does not meet this criteria, please contact CitizenGlobal to learn about the paid solution.
Your major emergency event must: