Publications

The CJIS GROUP Publications resource contains reports pertaining to technology in the Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services communities. Documents are generally gathered through the public domain and include industry trends, agency surveys, technical standards and models, case studies, white papers, and guides.

Title Summary Subject Category Date Publishedsort ascending
Why Law Enforcement Should Consider a Multi-Tier Storage Approach

Too often law enforcement professionals are required to make important decisions under time and fiscal restraints. This has led to many project-based technology decisions. In fact, with the influx of agencies adopting body-worn technology coupled with the future of adoptions under Obama’s $75 million Federal Match program, agencies will have the ability to deploy these community-supported, liability-reducing technologies. Unfortunately, what is not being taken into account is the big picture view where body cams are just one important element of an officer’s workflow and evidence management. Video data becomes part of the unified chain of evidence. When needed for a case,everyone involved—from the officer to forensic analysts to prosecutors—needs to be able to find and access the information quickly and easily. Storage also needs to adhere to specific regulations applicable to all criminal justice information (CJI). Recently, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recommended agencies adopt storage solutions meeting the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) guidelines. At the same time, officers need to be free to focus on their mission of protecting people and property. This is where purpose-built architecture is important.

Data Storage Data Management March 2016
2015 National 911 Progress Report

The mission of the National 911 Program is to provide Federal leadership in supporting and promoting optimal 911 services. It was created as a point of coordination for activities among 911 stakeholders and to provide information that can be used to improve the 911 system. We do that by developing a variety of tools and resources including tools that can be used to plan and implement Next Generation (NG) 911.
The National 911 Program is housed within the Office of Emergency Medical Services at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
The data within the National 911 Progress Report was collected as part of a project entitled, the “911 Resource Center” which is operated by Booz Allen Hamilton under contract with NHTSA of the USDOT.

Telecommunications, 911 Communications March 2016
Advancing Through Collaboration

Between March and September, 2015, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) surveyed utilities, national labs, universities and industry players to discover what smart grid technologies were being evaluated in the nation’s many test beds. Objectives of this effort were to:

  • Increase awareness of smart grid testing activities underway
  • Provide a starting point for interested parties to get an understanding of the capabilities of various labs
  • Help identify possible gaps in what is being tested
  • Support collaboration among test bed operators and industry players

One of SGIP’s primary goals is promotion of interoperability and standards. Catalyzing and accelerating R&D in the smart grid area is a major enabler for this goal. Among other insights, the results of this survey show which test beds are open to new alliances and what they’re currently evaluating. SGIP hopes these survey results will foster further collaboration in smart grid test bed activity.

Data Communications Communications February 2016
Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA)

The Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA) is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding actions that Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) can take to optimize their security, operations, and funding as they migrate to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1).

The primary purpose of the TFOPA is to provide the 9-1-1 community and national, state, tribal, regional and locally elected and appointed officials, with a fundamental understanding of what Next Generation of 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) is, its benefits to the public, options and opportunities associated with efficiently and cost effectively adopting and deploying NG9-1-1, long-term cost savings available and initial and long-term funding options. 

Communications Communications February 2016
WideBridge: Bridging the Gap to Provide Mission-Critical Broadband Services for Public Safety

WideBridge: Bridging the Gap to Provide Mission-Critical Broadband Services for Public Safety

  • End-to-End Secure Communications
  • Certified Data Channel (NSA, NIST FIPS 140-2)
  • Broadband and Legacy CNR Systems Support
Communications Communications February 2016
WideBridge Explained

WideBridgeTM is designed to provide public safety first responders with the next evolution in secure, standards-based mission-critical communications leveraging Land Mobile Radio with LTE cellular networks and Smartphones for situational awareness and information sharing to keep communities safe and save lives. WideBridge is a part of the SmartResponderTM solution family.

Communications Interoperability Communications February 2016
The Foundation for an Application Ecosystem

FirstNet is ushering in a new frontier for public safety First Responders by building the National Public Safety Broadband Wireless Network (NPSBN). To fully utilize the capabilities of the NPSBN, a comprehensive set of applications delivering voice, video and data services will be required. The advent of secure broadband services will form the foundation of next generation public safety communications tools and capabilities and the basis of a robust Application Ecosystem.

WideBridge’s capabilities address the operational, technical, and even fiscal aspects of this exciting new world. Infinitely more scalable than hardware-based solutions, WideBridge is a set of public safety-grade converged secure voice, video, and data services that can be deployed for a jurisdiction, a region, or a nation, and it’s ready for NPSBN today.

Communications Interoperability Communications February 2016
Intertalk and Interoperability

InterTalk™ is a modern Critical Information Management (CIM) system which includes a full feature console, a sophisticated control subsystem and an integrated archival logger for all types of traffic and information. InterTalk has been designed to meet the operational needs of the most stringent user. Whether it’s a public safety network, an electrical utility or a transportation hub, whenever and wherever there is a need to handle mission critical communications with intelligence and power, the InterTalk system's combination of features along with its scalable architecture and extensive interface options makes it a natural fit.

Communications Interoperability Communications February 2016
Using Research to move Policing Forward

In an article for the NIJ Journal, Capt. James Nolette of the Fayetteville (North Carolina) police department explores how research dictates what law enforcement officers do, whether they realize it or not. It could be as simple as how effective it is for police officers to carry a tourniquet on their duty belts or as high profile as storing data from body-worn cameras. Nolette discusses how his department is using research to move policing forward. 

Communications, Data Management Data Management, Communications February 2016
IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework

Two barriers currently exist to effective and powerful smart city solutions. First, many current smart city ICT deployments are based on custom systems that are not interoperable, portable across cities, extensible, or cost-effective. Second, a number of architectural design efforts are currently underway (e.g. ISO/IEC JTC1, IEC, IEEE, ITU and consortia) but have not yet converged, creating uncertainty among stakeholders. There is a lack of consensus on both a common language/taxonomy and smart city architectural principles. The result is that these groups are likely to generate standards outputs, including standards that are divergent, perhaps even contradictory, which does not serve the global smart city community well. 

Data Interoperability Data Management, Communications February 2016

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