Law Enforcement Agencies Adopt iWay Integration Justice for BI


Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, and its subsidiary iWay Software, an innovator of enterprise integration solutions, today announced that dozens of government organizations have adopted the iWay Integrated Justice (IJ) Suite. State and local law enforcement and judicial agencies use iWay's solution to easily integrate information systems and share information about criminals' activities and whereabouts – helping to bring criminals to justice and keep communities safe.

ebizQ received the following details:

Across the country, high-profile crimes and terrorist threats have magnified a known shortcoming of the nation's criminal justice system: the inability of justice agencies to share information that may be related to other crimes about suspects, investigations, and past offenders in other jurisdictions. The solution to this problem lies in transforming operational systems using a modern integration platform that adheres to open Global Justice XML.

Government organizations that use or recently purchased the iWay IJ Suite include:

  • At the state level – Arizona Department of Public Safety; California Department of Justice; Colorado Department of Corrections; Delaware Judicial System; Illinois and Pennsylvania state police; Iowa, New Jersey, and Michigan state courts; Louisiana Department of Public Safety; and Missouri State Highway Patrol

  • At the local level – New York City Police Department (NYPD), Mayor's Office, and Department of Telecommunications and IT; Omaha, NE Police Department; and Harris, TX and Volusia, FL County Courts

"An effective criminal intelligence solution uses advanced technology to unify law enforcement agencies in the pursuit of justice,” said Kevin Mergruen, vice president of Public Sector at Information Builders. "iWay Software is the only company addressing the need for solutions that bring together different levels of government and build the horizontal 'system of systems' mandated by the President. The iWay IJ Suite has seen tremendous adoption because it addresses a critical problem quickly, leverages existing systems, and delivers actionable information in real time with minimal IT resources. The result is a seamless flow of information across the full criminal justice supply chain.”

The iWay IJ Suite provides a comprehensive software package for inter-agency data sharing and collaboration. It provides the foundation for service-oriented architecture (SOA), a systematic and repeatable way to create interoperability among new applications and previously disparate systems. iWay fosters real-time delivery of secure, actionable information in an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand fashion. iWay adapters, which can XML-enable virtually any system in days or weeks, ease integration with more than 300 back-end and legacy assets, helping budget-constrained organizations.

Solution in Action DataShare, the name given to New York City's enterprise integration platform, is an award-winning example of the iWay IJ suite in action. The public safety portal is the user-facing dimension of the City's new platform, providing agency users and administrators with access to business services and administrative functionality. It was a city-wide effort, developed by New York City's Criminal Justice Coordinator and the Department of Technology and Telecommunications in partnership with the NYPD, Departments of Correction, Probation and Juvenile Justice, the Office of Court Administration, the District Attorneys and other criminal justice organizations.

The application links 17 agencies across six counties and enhances support for criminal justice investigations, trial preparation and case follow-up to improve public safety outcomes. For example, a detective investigating a pattern of robberies can subscribe to receive a text message on a pager the minute a person matching the perpetrator's description is arrested anywhere in the City; or an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx can automatically receive an e-mail when a defendant, for whom he is about to offer a plea bargain, is arrested in Queens.

New York City Mayor Bloomberg's office has called the multi-agency DataShare approach "a bold technology initiative that will dramatically improve how police, prosecutors, courts, and other criminal justice agencies communicate and share information.”

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