Police assume that today’s information sharing systems will share data in real time, enable access from any RMS and comply with industry standards. Above and beyond the basics, they want:
Metro’s Advanced Information Sharing solutions are uniquely aligned with the qualities police want most from information sharing. Metro’s solutions also offer the most useful features, the most efficient functionality and the lowest price.
A core design element in both LEJIS and ALERT Server ensures relevant data, total control and tight security in a way that other commercial information sharing systems don’t. Instead of pulling data from a police department’s RMS, the ALERT Server requires departments to push only the data they want to share.
Information sharing in a county, task force or group is a cooperative venture among participating organizations. Typically, the participants include not only law enforcement agencies but also their RMS vendors. For sharing to be sustainable, all must be cooperating partners in the process.
If someone suggests that one or more participants be left out of the process, be sure to ask why. They are likely to answer that it will be easier, cheaper and quicker; like one-stop-shopping. The truth is that leaving out one of the parties won’t be sustainable.
The incongruities among RMS systems must be resolved in advance, through full cooperation by all. Any shortcut is likely to involve accessing or modifying another organization’s server, software or database — a practice that risks system breakdown every time there is a change or update to the system.
Safe, secure data interchange models require all vendors to follow government standards for sharing data. This is the way ALERT Server — using the LEJIS standard for information sharing — offers full interoperability with every RMS employing this standard.