NYC Shows Analytics Can Save Lives (VIDEO)

New York City departments combined data in an effort to combat needless deaths caused by fires in illegally converted apartments.

by / August 8, 2012
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Following deadly fires in illegally converted downtown New York City apartments, officials realized they had a problem. The Mayor's Office embarked on a mission to prevent fires and mitigate risk by using data the city was already sitting on.

In a cooperative effort between several city departments, officials now use analytics to prioritize decisions in a city where it's not practically possible to unturn every stone. The use of analytics resulted in a more than 500 percent increase in the number of buildings that were vacated after inspection, as this video explains.

For more information, visit the NYC Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator online.