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Joe McKendrick

Policing via SOA: CSI

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You may have seen the amazing high-tech tools that the crews in the CSI crime series use to track identities and spot forensic evidence. In fact, the technology delivers a little too quickly and efficiently in TVland. But perhaps there is some service oriented architecture behind the scenes. It's definitely becoming the case in real-life police work.

ComputerWeekly reports that a UK-based police department is employing SOA to enable remote access to applications via a common, standardized interface.

The Wiltshire Police department commissioned a major redesign of its systems so officers and managers can use an SOA-based system as an interface to a dozen applications. Matt Bennion-Pedley, Wiltshire's financial director, said that the SOA ensures security, continuity and resilience against technology changes: "It insulates the applications themselves, making it easier to develop interfaces for new terminals and applications."

The SOA enables better access from mobile clients, and will provide access to administrative and investigative tools such as intelligence systems, the Police National Database, vehicle and criminal records, and photo files. There are also plans to enable DNA file access.

And hey, let's be careful out there.

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

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