Next-Gen 911: Two States, Two Approaches to Implementation

A citizen at the scene of a car accident sends a text to 911 along with a follow-up smartphone video surveying the damage. Both the text and video stream are routed to a local 911 center. Police and emergency responders arrive on location, armed with the up-to-the-second information that could save lives.

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COBRA.net Fuses Real-time Data-Sharing with growing Internet of Things for Officer Safety

CODY Systems will unveil its latest iteration of the COBRA.net platform, featuring the updated release of the C.tac cross-system, real-time one-stop tactical search app which now includes cross-system real-time tracking of target entities (people, vehicles, etc.) with text message alerts and enhanced reporting. The COBRA.net platform powers information sharing networks for counties/regions and entire states across a wide range of diverse environments, including the aggregation of hundreds of millions of records and photos across hundreds of data sources and thousands of users.

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Fusion Centers: Have They Found Their Sweet Spot?

Ever since fusion centers were created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to improve information-sharing between governments, they’ve often been criticized for their ineffectiveness. But if recent state investment in the centers is any indication, faith in the work they do may be on the rise.

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Information sharing requires breaking down barriers, White House cyber guru says

Despite a Congress that “is not passing many bills these days,” the White House has advanced an agenda to promote and facilitate information sharing on security threats and vulnerabilities, Ari Schwartz, senior director for cybersecurity, National Security Council, at the White House, told attendees SC Congress New York Tuesday.

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FIRST standards to clean up messy CERTs

The global gathering of incident responders FIRST is spearheading a global standards effort to reform and unify the operations of government and large enterprise computer emergency response teams (CERTs).

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Information sharing: Are we safer?

After the Sept. 11 disaster, the lack of appropriate information sharing within the federal government community was highlighted as a key weakness by the 9/11 Commission. Its final report states that “agencies uphold a ‘need-to-know’ culture of information protection rather than promoting a ‘need-to-share’ culture of integration.”

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Using Global Standards in Information Sharing: A Case Study from the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System

Recently, Kansas underwent an effort to modernize, standardize and integrate its Criminal Justice Information System. The following article shares the success of the effort and highlights the lessons learned. Through its work, the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System (KCJIS) is on its way to being a model implementation for national standards and full integration of justice information.

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Governors Cuomo And Christie Sign Bi-State Memorandum Of Understanding To Increase Security For New York And New Jersey

Amid new global responses to the threat of international terrorism, Governor Chris Christie and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today adopted protocols under which New Jersey and New York will immediately begin coordinating intelligence-gathering and information-sharing to defend our residents and bi-state transit infrastructures against acts of terrorism.  A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Governors comes nine days after they held a top-level security meeting in New York with national, state and local law enforcement and security heads to begin mapping out an improved, coordinated anti-terrorism plan.

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Federal Grant Focuses on Crime Fighting Data

As part of its Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $300,000 to Indiana University Northwest and the police departments of Gary, East Chicago and South Bend.

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