Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Implements Data Sharing Solution
Leveraging the abilities of an existing software solution, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office now offers their officers and those of neighboring agencies the ability to quickly access mission critical data records residing in the BCSO Records Management System (RMS).
Boulder, CO — VisionTEK announced today the successful implementation of their UNITY Data Sharing solution at the Boulder County Sheriff Office (BCSO). The solution helps BSCO meet their immediate need of allowing their officers to query against their Records Management System (RMS) – functionality previously unavailable to officers while in the field. Though paying immediate returns, the solution opens the door for much bigger payoffs for Boulder County and other Front Range law enforcement agencies because it gives them a low cost Data Sharing solution that can be implemented in days, without time intensive IT efforts. “The engineers at VisionTEK made this effort, incredibly easy,” said BCSO Gary Anderson. “Our IT effort for this project was less than 24 hours. That includes testing and revisions.”
Leveraging Existing Network Capabilities
For several years, Boulder County Sheriffs Office has been on the UNITY Network, a turnkey communications and Data Sharing solution that allows qualifying subscribers to receive BOLOs, severe weather alerts, and amber alerts. BSCO has used the network to receive those types of communications as well as send secure email and instant message communications to their officers and officers of other agencies along the Front Range.
“UNITY’s infrastructure is a perfect vehicle for facilitating data sharing among agencies on disparate systems. It’s agnostic. It can communicate to any system, we just need to know what language a system speaks,” said Paul Brill, UNITY Technical Director. “In the case of sharing law enforcement data between two agencies, each agency needs only to allow the other agency access to their system. This is accomplished by simply configuring and publishing SQL query subscriptions. The secure routing of data is automatically handled by the UNITY Network.”
UNITY Data Sharing – Local Data, Global Data
With the UNITY infrastructure already in place at BSCO, VisionTEK engineering needed to perform only a few configurations to create and publish the queries that now allow BCSO officers to run queries against their RMS database records.
"The goal of data sharing is to reduce investigation time and to improve law enforcement’s ability to track offenders across jurisdictional boundaries. This solution greatly enhances an agency’s ability to do that," said BCSO Gary Anderson. “Offenders do not stay in one area. To better serve the public, law enforcement must be able to see a complete picture of an offender’s past. Data Sharing is the only true way of creating that picture.”
VisionTEK provides software solutions to government agencies for mobile data, message switching and database integration. Our software is designed to cost-effectively enable real-time information sharing within or across jurisdictional boundaries via wireless and wired networks. Our platforms are highly configurable and leverage existing infrastructure to increase efficiency and enhance effectiveness of interoperable communications. Among the 200+ agencies who use our products are: Boulder County (CO) Sheriff’s Office, Douglas Count (CO) Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Oakland (CA) Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Sacramento County, and the Kentucky Center for Rural Development.
To learn how UNITY can help your agency access and share data
If you wish to learn more about the UNITY Network and Data Sharing please contact Aaron Swanson, VisionTEK Vice President - Business Development.
303 554-8835 x283
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