State and Local Government

Big Data for State and Local Government: Beyond the Hype

Realizing the full value of intelligence locked in massive amounts of unstructured data means looking beyond traditional data management and database technologies. Big data solutions are an essential component of government IT operations and service delivery, and data security.

A study released by the TechAmerica Foundation revealed that 87 percent of federal IT officials and 75 percent of state IT officials say big data can have an immediate impact on how governments operate.

Splunk Enterprise can help state and local agencies unlock their big data to:

  • Apply statistical models and pattern analysis to unstructured data to understand patterns of activity
  • Ask new questions of their unstructured data to gain new insights and efficiencies
  • Help reduce the crime rate in specific locations through hotspot maps
  • Monitor and detect outbreaks of diseases such as the West Nile Virus
  • Reveal the impact and sources of ozone in a city
  • Improve cyber security and personalize services for citizens


State and local agencies are using Splunk to fight crime in new and innovative ways. With Splunk they can:

  • Monitor 911 calls, measure response times and monitor the completion of time-sensitive reports
  • Apply resources based on geographic views of crime patterns sorted by type
  • Create reports based on the time period and camera metadata and then scrub the data to show only the ticketed person's license plate information

Color coded crime response rates by zip code.

Data Security

Data privacy and inappropriate access to data are a top concern of state and local governments. Recent research shows that a single U.S. data breach costs on average $7 million, or over $200 for every record compromised. Government data breaches can quickly reach budget-breaking costs and cause harm to the people these agencies are meant to serve.

Splunk Enterprise helps you discover the 'who, what, when, where and why' of any security event. Splunk can ingest and probe terabytes of data using Splunk's command language and unique schema-on-the-fly capability. Any data from any source can be used to monitor and detect sophisticated security threats.


In order to keep buses and trains running on time, transit authority officials can use ticketing data correlated with GPS data to analyze rider habits, traffic schedules and other factors that influence how people get around town. Patterns in the data tell officials when more rides need to be scheduled or when schedules should be adjusted based on traffic patterns during specific time periods.

Open Government

People often demand transparency from their government officials about how they spend their money. By using big data analytics, governments can improve the way they allocate funds by finding and eliminating potential inefficiencies in spending. Officials can break down everything from budgeting to planning to human resources initiatives, finding ways to trim funding and reallocate dollars toward initiatives where the funds will help the most.

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