Public Safety Experts
The scientists and business professionals at AFIS and Biometrics Consulting (ABC) provide expert advice in managing the challenges of your public safety technologies. A key player in pioneering the biometrics industry, the consultants at ABC know the Public Safety Industry and help you make the best choices for your organization.
Mobile Identification has become a common means of authenticating individuals at the point of service. Many modalities exist today such as face, fingerprint or iris recognition technologies. There are many capture devices on the market today and the price has decreased as the technology has become more common place. However, the backend system and telecommunications network to support mobile ID traffic can become complex. ABC’s experience in establishing mobile ID systems can save time and cost for agencies evaluating mobile ID.
Jail Management Systems
Jail Management Software (JMS) is designed to automate the custody process from intake to release. It ensures accurate data entry and guides corrections personnel step-by-step through the intake process, monitors inmate locations and manages commissary inventory. JMS provides full insight to an inmate’s situation, both past and present. If integrated with Records Management System (RMS), corrections personnel can search an inmate’s complete arrest and conviction history. AFIS and Biometric Consulting’s experience working with agencies to buy or upgrade JMS software can lower overall cost and ensure successful program transition.
AFIS and Biometrics
Let ABC Inc. help you get the most Value out of your AFIS and ID System Strategic Planning, Replacement of current system, Procurement, Deployment and everyday enhanced Operation. ABC Inc was formed to provide vendor-knowledgeable independent professional consulting services to end-user Customers such as Law Enforcement / Police Information Organization AFIS and Identification Bureaus, Government Agencies deploying Civil ID, and Commercial and Enterprise businesses procuring AFIS and Biometrics ID systems.
Upgrading AFIS and CCH Systems?
ABC helps you define:
- The upgrade path
- Data/system transition
- New product offerings from your vendor
- A comprehensive scan of what is available in the market, and the justification for the sole-source procurement.
And ABC will help with your pre- and post-procurement process to get the most value, the least project hiccups, and greatest impacts on the on-going operation. Upgrade your AFIS with the best in the class product and latest IT service oriented and web-services architecture, enhancing the availability and accessibility for your end user community
We will help you to:
- Analyze your system requirements
- Map out the system integration and interface needs
- Write the technical requirements for the RFP
- Do the technical review and selection process (system technical evaluations and benchmarking) of the vendors
- Carry contract negotiation with the selected vendor
- Run the project with program management and the system deployment
- Check the system operation functionality and performance, making sure it meets the contract specifications.
Add new Biometrics functions to your AFIS
Add Facial Recognition to your Mugshot System
Add Iris Capture and Recognition to your Booking Process
Add ANSI/NIST CDEFFS Third-Level Features to your AFIS Latent Search
Let ABC Inc. carry out the System Analysis and Use Case Study for you. We have in-depth expertise in multi-biometrics performances and Biometrics Standards: ANSI/NIST-ITL standards for Exchange of Biometric Data, ANSI/NIST-ITL CDEFFS subcommittee, ANSI/INCITS M1, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC37, ICAO(TAG/MRTD-9303.
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Computer Aided Dispatch
Decisions on upgrading or replacing a Computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system presents a challenge for mid to smaller sized departments. With the variety of software options and capabilities, the command staff is faced with trusting the IT department to develop a set of requirements that meet the operational needs of the agency. Likewise, the CAD software transition means managing the vendor, the system cutover and assuring effective officer training. These tasks can tax staff resources and result in cost overruns. ABC’s experience with Police and Sheriff’s Agencies to develop requirements, manage the procurement process results in timely project delivery and reduces both financial and project risks to ensure project success.
Computer-aided dispatch (CAD), also called computer-assisted dispatch, consist of several modules that provide services at multiple levels in a dispatch center in public safety. These services include call input, call dispatching, call status maintenance, event notes, field unit status and tracking, and call resolution and disposition. CAD systems also include interfaces that permit the software to provide services to dispatchers, call-takers, and field personnel with respect to control and use of radio and telephone communication equipment, as well as logger-recorder functions. CAD typically consists of a suite of software packages used to initiate public safety calls for service, dispatch, and maintain the status of responding resources in the field. It is generally used by emergency communications dispatchers, call-takers, and 911 operators in centralized, public-safety call centers, as well as by field personnel utilizing mobile data terminals (MDTs) or mobile data computers (MDCs). The CAD provides public safety personnel in a dispatch center with the ability to easily view and understand the status of all units being dispatched. CAD provides displays and tools so that the dispatcher has an opportunity to handle calls-for-service as efficiently as possible. Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) should be a multi-agency dispatch solution that provides first responders a solution for seamless information transactions between the caller, dispatcher, and field units. This functionality reduces response times, increases personnel efficiency and saves lives.
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Records Management Systems
Decisions on upgrading or replacing a Records Management System (RMS) presents a challenge for mid to smaller sized departments. With the variety of software options and capabilities, the command staff is faced with trusting the IT department to develop a set of requirements that meet operational needs of the agency. Likewise, RMS software transition means managing the vendor, the system cut over and assuring effective officer training. These tasks can tax staff resources and result in cost overruns. ABC’s experience with Police and Sheriff’s Agencies to develop requirements, manage the procurement process results in timely project delivery and reduces both financial and project risks to ensure project success.
A Records Management System (RMS) is a central data repository that provides complete information on person records, incidents, offenders, and case management records, as well as many other aspects of the law enforcement environment. It includes identifying, classifying, storing, securing, retrieving, tracking and destroying or permanently preserving records. The purpose of records management is part of an agency’s broader function of governance, risk management, and compliance and is primarily concerned with managing the evidence of an organization’s activities as well as the reduction or mitigation of risk associated with it.
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Digital Evidence Management
Digital evidence or electronic evidence is any probative information stored or transmitted in digital form that a party to a court case may use at trial, according to Casey Eoghan (2004), Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, Elsevier, ISBN 0-12-163104-4.
The main characteristics of digital evidence in a digital evidence management system (DEMS) are that they are highly fragile and can be easily altered, damaged, or destroyed and time sensitive. For this reason, special precautions should be taken for the seizure, examination, storage, or transfer of digital evidence.
ABC Inc. experience with the Cloud-Computing and Software-As-A-Service (SAAS) solutions for Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) will help provide the expertise for agencies to acquire new hosted solution or help define the requirements and strategic plan to transition from in-house DEMS to secure cloud-based solution. The advantages of the cloud-based solution include:
Improve evidence sharing capabilities and reduce the costs inherent to copying media to USBs, DVDs, and hard drives;
Ensure alignment with security and privacy standards through a digital system that automatically encrypts all data, enforces user access rights, tracks chain of custody, and applies policies for video retention schedules;
Manage the lifecycle of digital evidence from a single application and make information readily available to remote users;
Provide better visibility of long-term storage costs and allow the distribution of charges across multiple departments and agencies within the County.
The system looks to resolve issues related to the accessibility of evidence by authorized stakeholders, by centralizing files from disparate sources and managing access, permissions, retention, and security policies from a single application.
Digital evidence can be imported from a variety of sources, including video surveillance systems, body-worn devices, in car systems and cellphone footage from bystanders and witnesses and managed natively within Genetec Clearance.
Authorized users can view and manage their evidence on any device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) that support standard browsers, such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
Technological capabilities and the collection of data over the past decade has generate terabytes of digital information which may provide evidence to solve crime and achieve prosecution. Data sourced from body cams, squad cams, video surveillance feeds, chat files, text messages and CCTV represent a mass amount of data. Industry has responded with multiple software solutions to extract and visually present information so that analysts and detectives can work in collaboration to dig deeper and make smarter, informed decisions to solve crime. ABC’s law enforcement experience can make sense of these software options. We assist agencies in vendor and software evaluation and selection, uncover appropriateness for the agency’s usages and needs, and provide cost benefit analysis. From the information we gather, we write RFP requirements, manage the procurement process, and provide project management for program success.
Crime Analytic software gives agencies the ability to simply and effectively analyze large databases and derive information for decision making. Technological advancements in data collection over the past decade have generated terabytes of digital information that in many cases can solve crime and achieve prosecutions. Emails, video, cell phones, chat files, text messages and CCTV files are just some of the masses amounts of data collected and stored. If the right tools are available, law enforcement can extract, disseminate and turn data into actionable information. The following examples show how agencies have extracted retained data and used it as a force multiplier. A detective can build a case using data derived from different media sources. Footage from law enforcement body cameras, crime scene photos, a civilian’s cell phone, or a shop owner’s CCTV footage can all be extracted and stored as digital evidence. In the past, this type of data was stored in separate repositories. With software, it can now be searched from a single location saving a detective time and effort in data collection and case resolution. Software exists that allows command staff and patrol officers to proactively prevent crime. Software searches years of Records Management data to accurately predict the probability of traffic accidents, gun violence, burglaries and robberies. The data is used to produce a simple map showing the precise location where an incident may occur. During the officer’s shift, he or she spends time in that location, speaking with citizens and merchants in community policing effort while act as a deterrent for potential perpetrators due to his or her presence.
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Hospital administration has the duty to protect clinicians, the public and patients. According to a survey by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), a hospital is also a tough place to secure because it is an open environment. From 2012 to 2014, healthcare institutions reported a 40 percent increase in violent crime, with more than 10,000 incidents mostly directed at employees.
AFIS and Biometrics Consulting resources will support a comprehensive IP video management solution for hospital providing coverage for the entire campus and include analytic capabilities for reviewing incidents. Clinicians should have immediate alert capability to warn of violent crime, and initiate hospital lockdown.
We provide personnel vetting and provide a two-factor credential that allows access to restricted areas. Visitor- management: Visitors should be checked-in and out centrally and receive a photo-badge prior to visitation. Healthcare institutions are increasingly looking at metal detection in addition to the access control system, whether walk-through magnetometers or hand-held wands.
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