Technology White Papers

Opportunities for Information Sharing to Enhance Health and Public Safety Outcomes

Information sharing between the criminal justice and healthcare communities has the potential to enhance both public safety and health outcomes by reducing redundancies, enhancing continuity of care, and generating efficiencies in both domains.

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Post Covid-19: Successes, Challenges & Next Steps

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented and rapidly shifting challenges to business, government, and our daily lives. Throughout this event, however, organizations and individuals have continually risen to meet these challenges, innovating and adopting new technologies in ways and at a pace never before imagined. By leveraging technology, reevaluating long-established business processes, and expanding inter-agency and public-private sector cooperation, the criminal justice, homeland security, and public safety domains have not only continued to operate, but realized long-term, structural improvements in efficiency, outcomes, and customer satisfaction.

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RMS Standard Functional Specifications Document

The IJIS Institute is pleased to announce the publication a critical publication entitled Standard Functional Specifications for Law Enforcement Records Management Systems, Version III. This significant accomplishment was the effort of the RMS Standards Task Force, a joint group formed by the IJIS Institute’s Law Enforcement Advisory Committee (LEAC) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Committee.

The guidelines have been produced to support agency policy development, request for proposal development, law enforcement training development and delivery, and an overall general understanding of what should be included as part of a records management system.

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Technology Adoption Roadmap for Success

The IJIS Institute’s Technology and Architecture Committee (ITAC) is chartered with providing information to industry and practitioners regarding technologies, architectures, and standards that enable the successful adoption of technology in order to better meet their operational missions. Technology adoption is a discipline that crosses the criminal justice (Law Enforcement, Corrections, Courts), homeland security and public safety (Fire, EMS, Emergency Management) domains. The ITAC has developed this position paper on technology adoption for the benefit of our practitioners in these specific domains.

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Cloud Fundamentals

A law enforcement agency’s computing infrastructure is designed to support various operating conditions. However, major disasters and events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, major winter storms, or even hosting the Super Bowl, can strain computing infrastructure past its breaking point. This was even more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic when many public safety agencies quickly adopted cloud solutions to sustain their operations, often earlier than they may have previously planned. Adopting new cloud solutions will continue past the COVID-19 pandemic, so agencies must clearly understand their capabilities and limitations. This paper describes the basics of cloud computing and the role that the cloud can play in public

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Emergency Communications Center Evolution Working Group

The pace of innovation is making advanced technology available for Emergency Communications and Response. These are new capabilities are transformative while paving the way for next-generation solutions. 

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Saving & Satisfaction in the Court (JAVS)

Like court systems everywhere, the Kentucky Court of Justice struggled in the early 1980s with the usual suspects–“growing caseloads, excessive delays, tight budgets, and increasing costs for litigants.” Driven by economic need and the large backlog of getting court records made into written transcripts, the state judicial Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) reached out to local technology experts Justice AV Solutions (known at that time as Jefferson Audio Video Systems, Inc.) for a better way. The solution came in the form of an automated audio video courtroom recording system designed jointly by the AOC and JAVS “that would automatically switch the microphones and the cameras to the person speaking and would not require an operator, except to turn the system on and off.”

The Emergence of Rapid DNA Technology (IBIA)

IBIA strongly supports biometrics and forensic applications of DNA, and offers this white paper as a primer for those desiring to know more about rapid DNA analysis. technology

Effective Use of Digital Recording Technology in the Justice System (JAVS)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 18,330 court reporters in the United States in May 2014. The BLS reported that the mean annual wage for court reporters as of May 2014 was $55,000 and the top 10 percent earned more than $94,140.2 This does not include the additional benefits such as health insurance that court employees may earn. Thus, though the physical presence of a court reporter in a courtroom may feel familiar to some, it comes with substantial, continuing costs.

Effective Use of Digital Recording (JAVS)

This white paper describes the state of digital recording technology now available to capture and preserve official court records through audio and video records. A/V recording works well for the complex proceedings that exist in courts at all levels—from remote arraignments to jury selection to full-blown trials and oral arguments at the appellate level. Kentucky was the home of an innovative collaboration between private industry and the judiciary, pioneering the use of A/V recording in the courtroom in the 1980s. Since 1999, the Kentucky Court of Justice has not used court reporters, instead using the A/V record as the official court record rather than a written transcript. The Utah courts are another example, no longer employing court reporters and instead using A/V recording since 2009.

The Geospatial Approach to Cyber Security (ESRI)

With organizations’ increasing reliance on electronic communications comes the inherent risk of cyber attacks and cyber-enabled espionage. Realizing this, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order that cyber systems (computers and related technology) be considered critical infrastructure to the United States and its people and be protected as such.

Video Analytics: Body Worn Cameras (IBM)

BM’s Tim Riley Tim Riley, Law Enforcement Policing Solutions Executive, and Stephen Russo, Director of Public Safety Solutions, look at the value of video analytics in this white paper.
Today’s mainstream dialogue around the body worn cameras is focused only on “eye witness accounting” and the costs associated with the storage and video management requirements. It is equally critical to realize that the value is not just in capturing the video but also in finding and using what is in the footage. Return-on-value can be faster realized with intelligent video analytic tools; tools that are essential to helping control costs and unlocking hidden threats as the number of devices continues to increase. 

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