FCW: Boston probe's big data use hints at the future

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 27, 2013

FCW.com – Frank Konkel: “Less than 24 hours after two explosions killed three people and injured dozens more at the April 15 Boston Marathon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had compiled 10 terabytes of data in hopes of finding needles in haystacks of information that might lead to the suspects. The tensest part of the ongoing investigation – the death of one suspect and the capture of the second – concluded four days later in part because the FBI-led investigation analyzed mountains of cell phone tower call logs, text messages, social media data, photographs and video surveillance footage to quickly pinpoint the suspects…Still, the investigation showed a glimpse of what big data and data analytics can do — and highlighted how far we yet have to go.”

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