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Advances & Applications

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.

Ohio Agencies Implement Information Sharing System

The Armada Group Inc. announces that seven central Ohio law enforcement agencies recently joined forces to implement new crime-fighting technology designed to improve the way their police departments enter, access, and share information across jurisdictional lines. Each agency in the consortium has implemented Armada's iLincs, a Web-based system that enables officers in the field to identify subjects, issue missing person alerts and wanted notifications, and enhance field interview reports with photos and fingerprints.

Participants in the Ohio consortium project include police departments from Dublin, Grandview Heights, Powell, Westerville, Worthington, Upper Arlington, and Ohio State University.

"The equation of success for central Ohio law enforcement is simple," said Michael Clancey, chief of the Westerville Police Department. "Effective technology plus timely information equals officer safety. This real-time informational exchange between agencies also translates into safer communities in central Ohio."

The iLincs technology can be used with existing in-cruiser and in-station PC-based systems and with other mobile technology such as a cell phone or handheld computer. It is also designed to give officers access to local, state, and national data repositories.

Project funding for six city police agencies was made possible through grants administered by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The OSU Police Department used its own funding to participate in the consortium.

According to Detective Rick Amweg of the OSU Police Department, increasing information sharing with neighboring police agencies such as Upper Arlington and Grandview Heights helps OSU police solve campus crimes.

"The university has several officers on foot or bicycles who require or need to enter critical information but are not close to the station," said Amweg. "This project will enable us to put state-of-the-art mobile technology in the hands of every officer so they can enter, access, and share real-time information from the field, helping us to become more efficient, improve officer safety, and resolve cases faster."

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Two State Public Safety Departments Acquire New Driver's License Systems

The Digimarc Corporation announces that it has won a contract to supply the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) with a tamper-resistant driver's license issuance system. The company also announces that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has adopted a package of upgrades to its driver's license system.

In Alabama, Digimarc will develop new software to control systems integration, the delivery and implementation of image capture hardware, the central production of driver's licenses, and the design of a new card that incorporates advanced overt and covert security features. Alabama will adopt Digimarc IDMarc digital watermarking security features as a machine-readable, cross-jurisdictional authentication capability and Digimarc's photo identity verification solution as a means to detect identity fraud in the application process.

"Alabama has much to gain by working with an experienced supplier of secure driver license systems such as Digimarc," said Colonel Mike Coppage, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety. "The proposed system will benefit the residents of our state through better customer service, more secure identity documents, and reduced fraud."

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has adopted a package of security enhancements and upgrades for its driver's license, which Digimarc has been producing for the state since 1999. As part of the security upgrade, Massachusetts will implement a range of state-of-the-art ID security features, becoming one of the first states to incorporate a two-dimensional Kinegram on its license and a digital watermarking security feature. A Kinegram is an optically variable graphic that moves when viewed from different angles.

"Massachusetts is committed to continually enhancing the security of our driver's license. Thus, we are pleased to be partnering with Digimarc to incorporate the most sophisticated security technologies available," said Kimberly Hinden, registrar of the Massachusetts RMV. "These enhancements will help further defend our driver's license against the threat of counterfeiting and fraud."

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From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 2, February 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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