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Keene cops turn to technology inspired by Marathon Bombing investigation

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Mike Beaudet & Producer Kevin Rothstein

DEDHAM, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police in Keene, New Hampshire are using technology that's never been used before in New England, technology inspired by the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation.

The technology, dubbed LEEDIR, or Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository, allows citizens to easily upload pictures and videos to a central location that can be analyzed by law enforcement in the event of a terrorist attack or other major disaster.

The idea is the brainchild of former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, who teamed up with a tech entrepreneur to tackle the digital overload that swamped investigators in the hours and days after the Marathon Bombing.

In response to the FBI's call for help, citizens sent in what amounted to 29 terabytes of data, overwhelming the Boston Police and FBI's capabilities, according to former Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey.

LEEDIR offers citizens an app they can download like any other smart phone app, which will give them a chance to easily upload pictures and video. Internet giant Amazon provides the data capacity, so law enforcements' servers aren't overwhelmed.

And LEEDIR has tools for law enforcement, to organize and analyze everything sent in, helping find what could be the one picture, among tens of thousands, that identifies a suspect.

A LEEDIR spokesperson says hundreds of pictures and video have been sent to police investigating the Keene Pumpkin Festival riots using their app.