Message From Our CEO
The Human Connections to Places
In the opening act of 2022, we, at Simsi, reflect on the human connections to places.
Throughout our existence, humans have made places part of our identity: Sacred places, gathering places, romantic places, safe places. From national memorials to small town centers, places are visible and immersive markers for who we are at any given moment in time. People impose meanings on places, and places also give us meaning. The features of a place can make us feel welcome, comfortable, and secure. They can engender exploration or inspire awe. We engage with places, both positively and negatively, and we interact with other people at particular places and settings. Places can also be scary, foreboding, insecure and uncomfortable at times, and cause us to fear, to fight, or to flee. But places, like humans, can change. They can be restored or rehabilitated. They can be made safer. They can be strengthened.
Our software, RTMDx, and the risk terrain modeling (RTM) methodology that underpins it, puts places into a more focused and detailed light. It reveals how human behaviors and interactions are shaped by places, and it empowers communities to enhance public safety by identifying key places and their greatest needs. As 2022 unfurls, we’ll be presenting, among other things, stories about the power of places to prevent crime and improve public safety. We invite you to be our partner in problem-solving with place-based analytics and data-informed community engagement.