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Azavea Receives Amazon Web Services Partners in Innovation Award

Azavea Awarded a Partners in Innovation Award for Its HunchLab Software, as Part of the AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, a Global Program Recognizing Local Governments and Application Developers That Are Innovating for the Benefit of Citizens Usi

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - July 09, 2014) - Azavea, a geospatial analysis (GIS) software development company, was awarded a Partners in Innovation Award from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge. Azavea's HunchLab software was chosen by AWS and a panel of experts based on criteria including the impact of their solution and the likelihood of long-term success.

Azavea received a Partners in Innovation Award for HunchLab, its crime predictive policing software.

It was selected based on a variety of criteria including:

  • usefulness and impact of the application
  • innovation of the approach to solve a problem
  • ease of deployment/implementation of the application
  • potential to help other local governments solve similar challenges

HunchLab is a predictive policing solution that helps police departments to use their resources more effectively by applying machine learning to forecast crime and then promoting evidence-based policing in these high-risk areas. The 2014 version of HunchLab is the culmination of almost 10 years of ongoing research into the application of data science to crime analysis and public safety, and its methodology fuses many crime theories and data sets into one picture of risk. This new technology is a departure from the conventional approach, which focuses on identification of crime hot spots. Instead, HunchLab automatically incorporates recent crime events, temporal cycles such as day of week and season, the weather, and geographic locations such as bars and schools to produce a forecast. The system can automatically identify these crime patterns and then optimize the forecast to match a department's available personnel and resources.

"We are honored to receive this Partners in Innovation Award from Amazon Web Services. As a B Corporation, Azavea strives to create civic geospatial software that helps make our communities more vital, resilient and sustainable. Azavea's civic cloud products rely on the ability to make complex calculations with large amounts of geospatial data. AWS makes it possible to create new kinds of digital software by leveraging a vast array of computing power and services in a cost effective way," said Robert Cheetham, Azavea CEO and President.

For more information on the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge and awards winners, visit:

About Azavea -- Azavea is a certified B Corporation that applies geographic data and technology for civic and social impact while advancing the state-of-the-art through research. Find out more at

If you would like more information about Azavea or to schedule an interview with Robert Cheetham, Azavea CEO and President, please contact Amy Trahey at (215) 558-6184 or e-mail [email protected].

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