rigel_profiler_quicktourRigel Profiler is the world’s most advanced geographic profiling application, developed specifically for Geographic Profilers who have advanced training on special analysis techniques for violent crime investigation.

It builds on the functionality found in Rigel Analyst, with an expanded set of expert analysis tools needed to address the unique nature of violent serial crime.

Investigators and analysts using Rigel Profiler should complete the Advanced Geographic Profiling (AGP) course. Please see the training page for more details.

Licensing Options


icon_standaloneThe standalone license provides a single copy of the software and license key to be installed on one PC for one user.


icon_multiuserThe multi-user license supports up to 5 non-concurrent users sharing one system at one site. Each user requires their own license key.


icon_networkThe network version is composed of a Network Master License and one or more Concurrent User Licenses. Concurrent license use is managed by the central license server on the network. Using the Network License model, Rigel Analyst can be installed on as many systems as you want within your network, but can only be used simultaneously by the total number of Concurrent User Licenses you own. E.g. if you have 4 users and 2 Concurrent User Licenses, all 4 users could have Rigel Analyst installed on their computers, but only 2 could use Rigel Analyst at any given time.

GIS Support

ESRI ArcGIS 9.x and 10.x icon_arcgis
Microsoft MapPoint 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010  icon_microsoft
Pitney Bowes MapInfo Professional 8.5, 9.x and 10.x icon_pitneybowes
Google Maps (requires internet connection) icon_google

System Requirements


The following system requirements are typical for running Rigel with ESRI ArcGIS. The system requirements are lower for running with Google Maps or Microsoft MapPoint.

CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz dual core or higher
Processor: Intel Core Duo, Pentium 4 or Xeon Processors
Memory/RAM: 2 GB or higher
Display: 24 bit color depth
Resolution: 1024 x 768 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi)
Swap Space: Determined by the operating system, 500 MB minimum.
Disk Space: 2.4 GB and up to 50 MB of disk space maybe needed in the Windows System directory (typically C:\Windows\System32). You can view the disk space requirement for each of the 10.0 components in the Setup program.
Graphics: 24 bit capable graphics accelerator. An OpenGL 2.0 or higher compliant video card is required, with at least 128 MB of video memory, however 512 MB of video memory or higher is recommended.
Network Card: Simple TCP/IP, Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for the License Manager.

Network License

Windows Workgroup Network

  • Windows computers connected to a network via TCP/IP. Each computer running Rigel needs a local IP address and access to the server via TCP/IP in order authorize concurrent license use.
  • The license server must have a static IP address on the LAN, and a free USB port.

Thin-client Environments

  • Citrix Server / Windows Server with Terminal Services.
  • Users log on to the Server as interactive thin clients to access Rigel (no ECRI software on the clients in this case)
  • Rigel software is installed on the server computer for the Terminal Services.
  • One physical computer with a static IP address and a free USB port to run the license server (may be the same computer where the software resides, or a different computer).

Typical Rigel Profiler Applications

These are some examples of actual cases where Rigel Profiler software assisted in solving the case.

Case 1: Sexual Assault – Mississuaga, Ontario, Canada

A series of 11 sexual assaults over a 35 day period were attributed to a single offender. As a result of a media blitz, officers were overwhelmed with approximately 300 suspects.

Using Criminal Investigative Analysis and Geographic Profiling , both provided by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Behavioural Science Section, along with other investigative information, the PRSP began obtaining DNA samples from the most probable suspects in lots of 10. The first lot produced the offender DNA. Based solely on the Geographical Profiling identifying 2.2% (0.03 sq. miles) of the area under consideration the offender was #1 on the suspect list.

Geographic Profilers: Kim Rossmo (VPD) and Brad Moore (OPP)

Case 2: Sexual Assault – Leeds, United Kingdom

Operation Lynx was the largest police manhunt in Britain since the Yorkshire ripper case. The police had DNA, and a partial print. The DNA was not on their national database, and the print fragment was too small to search via AFIS.

The Criminal Investigative Analysis suggested that the offender was more likely to have robbery or fraud in his background than sex crimes. The greater Leeds population is several million people so police identified those police stations that fell into the area of highest probability in the Geographic Profile, 3.3% (21 sq. miles). They then hand compared prints from all robbery/fraud criminals they had on file with the partial print. A match occurred in the second police station on the list, and DNA confirmed the suspect as the rape offender.

Geographic Profilers: Kim Rossmo (VPD)

Case 3: Sexual Assault – Marl, Germany

A series of 35 cases of sexual assaults over a 4.5 year period, including completed rapes with latex clothing as well as apparently motiveless attacks or attempted rapes, was investigated by the Recklinghausen police in Germany.

All crime sites were located in the town of Marl, a city with approximately 30,000 inhabitants in the industrial area of the Ruhrgebiet. Of these offences, 28 had been linked by the profiling unit of the Landeskriminalamt in Düsseldorf.

Detective Sergeant Neil Trainor, Geographic Profiler with the NCOF in Bramshill, UK, was asked for to support the German investigators with a geographic profile. The expected hit score of approximately 3% of the total hunting area (58.73 sq. km) pointed out the likelihood of the offender´s residence within an area of 1.42 sq. km.

A DNA mass screening based on the geoprofile finally to the offender, who had lived with his mother in the peak area of the profile during the time of the crimes and then moved to a house at the edge of the area.

Geographic Profiler: Neil Trainor (NCOF – UK)

Confidentiality restrictions prevent disclosure of most case details, but additional information may be obtained by law enforcement personnel by contacting the agency involved. Contact ECRI for assistance.