Real Estate Mapping Technology Helps NY Police Score Conviction
The New York Police and the Bronx District Attorney recently used MapsAlive to create and present an interactive crime scene during a murder trial. With MapsAlive, detectives were able to display photographs of the evidence and use neighborhood maps and floor plans to effectively show the crime scene and locations where evidence was found. The courtroom presentation allowed the judge and jury to easily and logically see where and how the crime took place. As a result, the jury returned a conviction in less than an hour.
"Legal and law enforcement professionals can now quickly re-create crime scenes, show photos of evidence and victims, and present supporting diagrams and other legal exhibits. Interactive presentations offer greater control over exhibits and can adapt quickly to changing courtroom or conference proceedings," according to George Soules, president of AvantLogic, developers of MapsAlive. "With the popularity of TV shows like CSI, people expect a high level of interactivity and technology in visual presentations. With MapsAlive the jury virtually visits the crime scene."
With the popularity of TV shows like CSI, people expect a high level of interactivity and technology in visual presentations. With MapsAlive the jury virtually visits the crime scene.
Using MapsAlive interactive technology eliminates the time and expense of creating traditional exhibits such as poster-sized photo enlargements, and avoids searching for the right exhibit during a trial or hearing. MapsAlive interactive tours can also be embedded into PowerPoint presentations for additional flexibility.
Helpful features like zoom and pan controls allow viewers to see specific locations on large area and neighborhood maps. Related evidence or events, such as the location of all fingerprints found, can be highlighted together and displayed by moving the computer's mouse over the map. MapsAlive requires no technical expertise: anyone can upload maps, diagrams, photos and documents, and add markers to pinpoint locations.
To receive a free membership to MapsAlive, visit the company's web site at: www.mapsalive.com. An interactive crime scene example is available at: samples.mapsalive.com/1882 and a legal presentation sample can be seen at: samples.mapsalive.com/1768L .
AvantLogic is the creator of MapsAlive, a web application that lets anyone create interactive maps for web pages. A map can be any image such as a diagram, floor plan, photo, or geographic map. Interactive maps allow viewers to move their mouse over markers to quickly gather information and see images and text associated with locations on the map. MapsAlive is popular among residential and commercial real estate professionals, and is also used to create interactive web content for travel and tourism, education, and law enforcement.