Where do the good ideas come from? In this column, we offer our readers the opportunity to learn about — and benefit from — some of the cutting-edge technologies being implemented by law enforcement colleagues around the world.
National Information Sharing System
Raytheon Company delivered Increment 2 of the N-DEx system in July, which provides “Google Alerts” style subscription and notification services and geovisualization and collaboration capabilities to allow law enforcement investigators to “connect the dots.” Increment 2 also brings in additional data sources and increases users of the system to 100,000 by integrating additional law enforcement agencies, including additional federal agencies.
“We’ve been using the first phase of this system for more than a year now, and it distills weeks of investigative legwork into a few database searches,” said Lieutenant Pete Fagan, Virginia State Police, Richmond, Virginia. “Even better, it lets our detectives and officers see connections between far-flung pieces of information with their own eyes.”
Deployed by the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, N-DEx allows law enforcement officers to share incident reports, correlate crime data, and collaborate on criminal justice investigations. If a subject commits a crime in Texas under an alias known only to police officials in Los Angeles, received phone calls from a federal inmate in Colorado, and was driving a car stolen in Delaware, investigators using N-DEx can connect the dots instantaneously.
“N-DEx highlights the ability of the FBI, Raytheon, and the law enforcement community to work together to improve criminal investigations nationwide,” said Thomas E. Bush, III, assistant director, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The N-DEx system now contains over 53 million incident/case/arrest reports from state, regional, local, tribal, and federal agencies. The first and second phases of the system can support up to 150,000 individual users. Once fully implemented in 2010, the system will enable 200,000 investigators from the 18,000 plus local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies to collect and share incident and investigative information across disparate systems and jurisdictional boundaries.
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The Red River Regional Dispatch Center selects New World Systems to help handle high volume of 9-1-1 calls across North Dakota and Minnesota state line
The Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC), located in Fargo, North Dakota, has signed a contract to license New World Systems’ Aegis/MSP Public Safety Solution on the Microsoft platform. The RRRDC, the nation’s first consolidated regional dispatch center to cross state lines, will use New World’s integrated solutions to streamline operations and serve a population of more than 190,000 residents from Fargo, West Fargo, and Cass County, North Dakota, and Moorhead and Clay County, Minnesota.
“One of the biggest challenges we faced when looking for a new system was finding software and technology able to accommodate our multi-state environment,” said Greg Anderson, project manager for the RRRDC. “What we do at the RRRDC is pretty unique; we have already accomplished a lot to be able to serve eight police departments, two sheriff’s departments, two counties, two states, two separate jail systems, three fire departments, and 33 volunteer fire and EMS departments . With that said, our new software had to meet a very high standard and fit our requirements for interoperability and communication.”
“We needed completely integrated applications provided by one company,” said Anderson. “New World met our requirements, and we were very satisfied with the Company’s stability and reputation.”
New World will provide the RRRDC with computer-aided dispatch (CAD), records management system, mobile computing, field-based reporting, corrections management, and justice information-sharing software developed in-house using proven Microsoft technology, industry-standard Windows server, and SQL server. The completely integrated applications and single database will reduce redundant data entry and make information sharing much easier between the multiple agencies that RRRDC serves by ensuring that all related information is tied together and easily accessible for different departments.
“The seamless flow of information from dispatch, to mobile, then records and through to the jail is critical for our agencies,” said Anderson.
Other improvements, including embedded GIS mapping in New World’s CAD, and in-car dispatching capabilities through mobile computing, will help the RRRDC locate resources and emergencies to quickly respond to more than 121,000 calls for service each year.
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Approves Engineering Laboratory to Test Emergency Responder Radios for P25 Standards Compliance
EF Johnson Technologies, Inc., announces that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has formally approved the company’s engineering lab to test emergency responder radios for standards compliance. This approval is part of the DHS Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program, which will provide more than 60,000 emergency response agencies nationwide with a consistent and traceable method to gather P25 compliance information on the products they buy.
The laboratory has been qualified by the DHS to assess interoperability. First responders can have greater confidence in Project 25 compliant solutions, such as ES Series radios with the Enhanced (AMBE+2) Project 25 Vocoder or the trunked IP25 and conventional IP25 infrastructure systems.
“Recognized labs are essential to the success of the P25 CAP program,” said Dr. David Boyd, director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Division within the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. “Until now, emergency response agencies have purchased and used equipment developed by disparate manufacturers. Often operating on different spectra, this equipment prevented interoperable communications when responding to critical incidents. P25 CAP will, for the first time, allow the emergency response community to be confident that the equipment they purchase is, in fact, interoperable.” ■
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