Datamaxx Celebrates 25 Years Serving those Who Protect & Serve

In 1991, Jonathan Waters and I shared a passion to build a company to improve mission critical communications and to encourage information sharing for those on the front lines protecting our communities. Our vision soon became a reality and our successes multiplied. From our beginning, innovation has been the hallmark of who we are and what we do. Datamaxx became the first company to transmit images between state law enforcement agencies. In 1999, Datamaxx deployed the first wireless handheld application to the New York City Police Department. Then in 2003, Datamaxx became the first Strategic Partner of Nlets and launched the first Nlets-audited, FBI CJIS Compliant private secure cloud. Once again, in 2014, Datamaxx enhanced our product line to encompass solutions for “designated” critical infrastructures, eighty-five percent of which are owned by the private sector. These are just a few Datamaxx “firsts” and only the beginning of what is yet to come!

Our passion continues to burn brightly and is shared across the entire Datamaxx organization. We always want to bring to our customers ideas and solutions that no one else does. We want the opportunity to work with our customers to positively impact our world. As we look to the future, where security is of paramount concern, Datamaxx aims to bridge the gap between the public and private sector. We will develop new ways to help our law enforcement partners harness the power of timely and effective information sharing to protect our nation’s critical infrastructures and key resources. Recently, I was elected to Chair the Board of Directors of the IJIS Institute; IJIS facilitates collaboration between private companies and government agencies. Keeping our communities safe is more challenging every day and developing trust and cooperation in public/private partnerships is crucial to ensuring the continued safety of our homeland and its citizens.

Of course, Datamaxx success would not have been realized without the amazing support of our customers and the relationships we have nurtured over the years. On behalf of Datamaxx, please accept our sincere “thank you” for the privilege of working with you and for you. We remain committed to the law enforcement and criminal justice market, and as we embark upon our next twenty-five (25) years, we will continue to innovate and evolve to the changing needs of our customers. We are dedicated to helping law enforcement and critical infrastructure private sector entities partner together to build a vital and secure information environment to make our nation safer.

“Thank You So Much” for the privilege to serve you!

All the Best,

Kay Stephenson

Datamaxx Anniversary

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Datamaxx Receives Governor’s Business Ambassador Award

Leading mission-critical data access provider recognized during Florida Cabinet meeting

Governor's Business Ambassador Award

Pictured (left to right) are: Attorney General Pam Bondi, Kay Stephenson, Jonathan Waters, Steven Fiske with UniKey, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

Florida Governor Rick Scott recognized Datamaxx Group, Inc. (Datamaxx) with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award at the Florida Cabinet meeting Sept. 29, 2015. Datamaxx was one of two businesses to receive the award during a special ceremony. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am excited to recognize two successful Florida businesses today for their hard work to create opportunities for families. We will keep working to grow a business friendly environment in Florida so companies like UniKey and Datamaxx can continue to succeed and create jobs for our families.”

Datamaxx, founded in 1991 and headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., is one of the largest providers of advanced communications, data access, information sharing, enterprise intelligence, and access control solutions to the law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety, and security industries. With more than 750,000 end users worldwide, Datamaxx provides technology solutions to more than 70 percent of the criminal justice information market with such distinguished customers as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department, and the U.S. Department of State.

Kay Stephenson, CEO and cofounder of Datamaxx, said, “For more than 20 years, the Datamaxx team has worked hard to provide our customers with dependable technology solutions while creating new opportunities for local families. Maintaining our headquarters in Florida has been a key part of our success, and we are grateful to Governor Scott for recognizing our team today.”

Jonathan Waters, CTO, and cofounder of Datamaxx, said, “I am excited to be here today to accept the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. On behalf of everyone at Datamaxx, I would like to thank Governor Scott for recognizing our hard work and for his commitment to making Florida a great place to do business, and allow us to provide systems to protect the citizens of Florida and its many visitors.”

Datamaxx formulated industry-first strategic partnerships, including the first company to become a Strategic Partner Organization of Nlets (The International Justice & Public Safety Network). Datamaxx has the unique ability to utilize the Nlets network infrastructure to provide secure critical information access to every local, state, and federal law enforcement, justice and public safety agency. The Datamaxx Secure Cloud™ boasts a number of local, state and federal customers. It became the first CJIS-compliant private cloud in 2003, and is now used nationally by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and supports a world-wide deployment for the U.S. Department of State, providing every U.S. Embassy access to CJIS data.

In addition to the recent Florida Governor’s Business Ambassador Award, Datamaxx achievements have been recognized through awards such as the Florida Governor’s Business Leadership Award, New York City Wireless Project of the Year Awards, IACP Excellence in Technology Award, and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award  – just to name a few. In addition, Datamaxx has been named one of the Top Women-Led Businesses in the state of Florida every year since 2007.

More information on the Florida Governor’s Business Ambassador Award can be found at Governor’s website.

For more information on Datamaxx, email marketing@datamaxx.com  or call 800.999.2746.

Washington State Patrol Deploys State-of-the-Art Datamaxx Message Switch to Share Criminal Justice Information

As 2014 begins to come to a close, we at Datamaxx are pleased to tell you about one of our proudest accomplishments from this exciting year. Washington State Patrol (WSP), the Control Terminal Agency for the State of Washington, recently completed the replacement of its message switch, A Central Computerized Enforcement Service System (ACCESS), along with a statewide deployment of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) workstations and an archive system.  WSP chose the Datamaxx Omnixx Enterprise Platform with Omnixx Message Broker to replace its outdated, proprietary Level II switch.

The goal of the new ACCESS system was to provide flexible, reliable, and accurate message switching and information access within and among law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in Washington State and across the United States. And, we are excited to report the new message switch from Datamaxx is averaging 1.25 million transactions per day and nearly 40 million per month. In addition, the new ACCESS system interfaces with an impressive six data sources, including NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), and has maintained a 98% uptime. While supporting six years of online data plus the current year, the system services 123 regional and 1,607 non-regional agencies.

WSP Message Switch Statistics

The new Omnixx Message Broker system is processing one of the highest CJIS message volumes in the country.

This project was an extraordinary undertaking and we are very proud of the results, which were due to the hard work of and partnerships between Datamaxx team members and WSP leaders. With such a high number of users, regionals, and message transactions, deploying this type of solution presented a number of challenges. In spite of these obstacles, the Omnixx Enterprise Platform deployment was a seamless migration for the nearly 25,000 users who access the system both directly and via their own agency’s systems, such as a Computer Aided Dispatch.

For more information on Omnixx Message Broker, Omnixx Enterprise, and any other of our state-of-the-art CJIS information sharing technologies, please visit www.datamaxx.com.

Washington State Patrol Chief's Coin

As a token of its appreciation for the efforts of Datamaxx in implementing the WSP new message switch, Chief John R. Batiste presented Datamaxx with a Washington State Patrol “Chief’s Coin.”

IJIS Institute Mid-Year Briefing

We at Datamaxx invite you to join us at the IJIS Institute Mid-Year Briefing August 6-8, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. IJIS events are rare opportunities for government and private sector technology professionals to come together to share ideas, discuss trends, and establish effective solutions in the ever-changing world of information sharing technology.  For more information and to register, visit the IJIS Institute Mid-Year Brief event site.

IJIS events not only provide excellent training and networking opportunities, but attendees are able to hear and learn from other industry experts sharing their success stories.  If you are interested in learning more about the IJIS Institute and the types of information sessions held during briefings and events, visit the IJIS Institute YouTube channel, where you can find videos from the National Symposium this past January, such as the one below. We hope to see you this August in New Orleans!

-Your Friends at Datamaxx Group

 

 

Kay Stephenson on the IJIS Institute

Kay Stephenson, Co-Founder, President & CEO of Datamaxx Group, Inc., was recently elected by members of the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute to the Board of Directors. Learn more about the IJIS Institute and why Datamaxx chose to be involved:

Happy 22nd Datamaxx!

Can you believe today marks 22 years since we opened our doors at Datamaxx? Where did the time go? We have come a long way since opening that tiny 600-square-foot office where Jonathan Waters and I closed our first contract with the State of Nebraska. As we enter our 23rd year, we are once again faced with new challenges and an ever-changing market.

Datamaxx New Building Groundbreaking

Jonathan Waters, Kay Stephenson and Steve Tims break ground at new headquarters in 2000

It is certainly no secret the market has changed and budgets are tight in the law enforcement, public safety and criminal justice markets. But, as we know, necessity is the mother of invention and our optimism springs eternal.  All of us at Datamaxx welcome these challenges as new opportunities to explore innovation and develop creative solutions for the customers we serve to keep our country safe. Now more than ever, professionals in the public sector are realizing the value of public-private partnerships to improve information-sharing and therefore strengthen the security of our nation and its citizens. The movement to cloud-based technology is an excellent example of such forward thinking. We at Datamaxx have a history of forging these types of public-private partnerships, which have lead to innovative technology solutions while reducing the resource burden on our government entities. Datamaxx formed industry-first strategic partnerships, including becoming the first Strategic Partner Organization of Nlets. The Datamaxx Secure Cloud™, with a pending patent, boasts a number of local, state and federal customers. It became the first CJIS-compliant private cloud in 2003, and is now used nationally by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and supports a world-wide deployment for the U.S. Department of State, providing every U.S. Embassy access to CJIS data.

Though our industry is full of challenges, it is rewarding to know that all of us here at Datamaxx play a role in the protection of our homeland. I feel truly blessed to have been able to share these past 22 years with some of the most dedicated employees as well as customers who are true heroes, who risk their own lives on a daily basis to safeguard our country’s way of life. I look forward to many more years of milestones and innovation. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our grand adventure.

Let us all remember, the best is yet to come!

Kay Stephenson
President, CEO & Co-Founder
Datamaxx Group, Inc.

Kay Stephenson & Jonathan Waters

Datamaxx Co-Founders Kay Stephenson and Jonathan Waters

Datamaxx and Flat Earth Partner to Make Mission-Critical Data Access More Affordable for TN Law Enforcement

Tallahassee, FL – (September 2013) At the Tennessee Information Enforcement System (TIES) User Group Conference in late August, Datamaxx Group, Inc. (Datamaxx) announced a new partnership to make information access and sharing more affordable for Tennessee law enforcement and public safety agencies. Datamaxx has teamed up with Flat Earth, a secure network solutions provider, to allow Tennessee agencies to remove their need for a costly “T-1” connection to the state for mission-critical data access. Agencies now can access and share data from TIES, Nlets and NCIC through the Datamaxx solution, Omnixx Force, via a secure “gateway” connection provided by Flat Earth, to realize considerable savings.

“Datamaxx is pleased to offer our Tennessee customers a more affordable way to access, collect, share and analyze information to improve efficiency and officer safety,” said Tommy Ellis, Director of State and Local Markets at Datamaxx. “The Omnixx Force solution using Flat Earth gateway technology saves agencies time and money, allowing them to focus on their missions.”

“Law enforcement and public safety agencies are facing increasing costs and decreasing budgets,” commented Dave Wilson, Vice President of Flat Earth. “We’re proud to be able to save these agencies valuable resources through this new partnership.”

About Omnixx Force
Omnixx Force is an industry-leading suite of data access and information sharing products for law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety and homeland security industries. Omnixx Force is available on several types of user interfaces to fit the different needs of the market today. From traditional desktop and web clients, to advanced mobile data computing and handheld interfaces, Omnixx Force provides a client for any situation and type of user

About Flat Earth
Flat Earth Networking provides network security solutions to protect valuable information and data assets for clients nationwide. Since 1996, Flat Earth has provided mid- to large-sized businesses an authoritative approach to network security that includes superior enterprise products and effective problem-solving. With a team of security experts, Flat Earth strengthens existing technical departments with the knowledge and man-power required to protect the vulnerable areas of information networks before problems happen. For more information on Flat Earth, visit www.flatearth.net.

About Datamaxx Group, Inc.
Datamaxx Group, headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., is the premier provider of advanced communications, data access, information sharing, enterprise intelligence, and access control solutions to the law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety, and security industries. Datamaxx is a privately held, Florida-certified and woman-owned enterprise serving over 70 percent of the law enforcement communications market with more than 750,000 end users in North America, Canada, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Datamaxx customers consist of security companies along with local, state, and federal agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, City of Miami Police Department, New York City Police Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of State, and U. S. Office of Personnel Management. Since its inception in 1991, Datamaxx has earned a reputation as domain experts and built a well-known brand name in its markets.

To learn more about Datamaxx Group, Inc., email Marketing@Datamaxx.com or visit www.datamaxx.com.

Kay Stephenson Elected to Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS) Board of Directors & Executive Committee

Tallahassee, FL –  Kay Stephenson, Co-Founder, President & CEO of Datamaxx Group, Inc., was recently elected by members of the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute to the Board of Directors.  The IJIS Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing.  Kay Stephenson

“I strongly believe timely and accurate information sharing is crucial to safeguarding our country,” commented Stephenson. “I am proud to serve on the IJIS Board of Directors and its Executive Committee to facilitate collaboration between government and private industry, which is key to successful information sharing initiatives.”

 

The IJIS Institute includes nearly 200 member and affiliate companies. In addition to Stephenson, the following new directors were elected to serve a three year term.

John Leonard, Vice President of Sales, MCM Technology
Joseph D. Rozek, II, Executive Director, Homeland Security & Counterterrorism, Microsoft Corporation
Bob Turner, President, CommSys

At its first meeting, the Board elected Michael Davis, Appriss, as the new Chairman of the Board and David Usery, URL Integration, as the new Vice Chairman. George Cruse, IBM, continues as Treasurer, while Matthew D’Alessandro, Motorola Solutions was elected Secretary.

The four officers and at-large member, Kay Stephenson, Datamaxx Group, Inc., along with Executive Director, Steve Ambrosini, will serve on the Executive Committee of the Board.

About the IJIS Institute
The IJIS Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, represents industry’s leading companies who collaborate with local, state, tribal, and federal agencies to provide technical assistance, training, and support services for information exchange and technology initiatives. The IJIS Institute unites the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing for those who protect and serve our communities.

The IJIS Institute was founded in 2001 as a result of the U.S. Department of Justice’s interest in raising private sector participation in the advancement of national initiatives affecting justice and public safety, and more recently homeland security. Today, the IJIS Institute represents the leading companies serving these and other related sectors. The IJIS Institute provides assistance to government agencies by bringing industry to the table in a constructive role, and continuing to drive toward achieving high regard for the companies that are dedicated to helping the public sector find high-value solutions. The IJIS Institute is funded through a combination of federal grants, industry contributions, and partnership agreements. For more information, visit www.ijis.org.

About Datamaxx Group, Inc.
Datamaxx Group, headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., is the premier provider of advanced communications, data access, information sharing, enterprise intelligence, and access control solutions to the law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety, and security industries. Datamaxx is a privately held, Florida-certified and woman-owned enterprise serving over 70 percent of the law enforcement communications market with more than 750,000 end users in North America, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico. Datamaxx customers consist of security companies along with local, state and federal agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, City of Miami Police Department, New York City Police Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of State, and U. S. Office of Personnel Management. Since its inception in 1991, Datamaxx has earned a reputation as domain experts and built a well-known brand name in its markets.

To learn more about Datamaxx Group, Inc., email Marketing@Datamaxx.com or visit www.datamaxx.com.

Datamaxx Recognized as a “Top Women-Led Business” for Seventh Consecutive Year

The Datamaxx Group (Datamaxx) recently was named one of Florida’s 2013 Top Women-Led Businesses by The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), a distinction it has earned for seven consecutive years. The rankings are based on an annual survey conducted by TCI and Moore Research of more than 200 women business leaders in Florida. Datamaxx ranked 21st and was one of only two Tallahassee-based companies included on the list. The survey results were announced at a luncheon on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

The Commonwealth Institute in South Florida is a non-profit organization that helps women entrepreneurs, CEOs and corporate executives build successful businesses through peer mentoring programs. In addition to looking at the characteristics of women leaders and their businesses and determining the Top 50 Businesses, the survey found that more women-led organizations (53%) are more optimistic about current economic conditions in Florida, with many expecting continued improvement through 2013.

Datamaxx, which opened in 1991, is led by CEO, President and Co-Founder Kay Stephenson. Headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., Datamaxx is the premier provider of advanced communications, data access, information sharing, enterprise intelligence, and access control solutions to the law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety, and security industries.

About Datamaxx

Datamaxx is a privately held, Florida certified and woman-owned enterprise serving over 70 percent of the law enforcement communications market with more than 750,000 end users in North America, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico. Datamaxx customers consist of private security companies as well as local, state and federal agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, City of Miami Police Department, New York City Police Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Coast Guard, U. S. Department of State and U. S. Office of Personnel Management.

To learn more about Datamaxx Group, Inc., email Marketing@Datamaxx.com or visit www.datamaxx.com.

To learn more about The Commonwealth Institute, visit www.commonwealthinstitute.org.

Datamaxx Adds Risk-Based Authentication to Improve Security for its Law Enforcement Technology Solutions

New security upgrades ensure compliance with FBI CJIS and Nlets Security Policies

The Datamaxx Group (Datamaxx) recently upgraded two solutions in its flagship law enforcement technology suite, Omnixx Enterprise, with risk-based advanced authentication to improve security and ensure compliance with FBI

Omnixx Force Mobile

Omnixx Force Mobile is now equipped with risk-based authentication

CJIS Security Policy. Omnixx Force Mobile and Omnixx Force Web now join Omnixx Force Desktop as solutions with this advanced authentication capability. Omnixx Enterprise is the only criminal justice information sharing solution to date utilizing a risk-based advanced authentication approach to meet the FBI CJIS Security Policy.

Risk-based advanced authentication uses many factors, such as device characteristics and IP address, to determine the “risk” of the user, then presents a series of security questions based on the risk level. This process increases efficiency while maintaining a high level of security. Additionally, software tokens replace the use of physical hardware tokens, such as smart cards or hardware/paper tokens, making risk-based advanced authentication more convenient and cost effective for agencies to manage. “This hands-free component means that police officers and other personnel using Omnixx Enterprise can concentrate on their mission-critical tasks instead of worrying about lost or misplaced tokens,” said Brad Long, Director of Business Development for the Datamaxx Group.

Risk-based authentication is widely used in the financial industry, but Datamaxx is first in the criminal justice information sharing industry to incorporate this authentication method. In addition to using risk-based advanced authentication, Omnixx Enterprise also meets FIPS 140-2 encryption standards, making it the most advanced and secure technology solution on the market today for law enforcement and public safety. FIPS 140-2 is a standard for encrypting sensitive data issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

“The upgrade to risk-based authentication is also important for the new CJIS security standard that will require advanced authentication in patrol cars by 2013,” continued Long. “Users of Omnixx Force Mobile in patrol cars can be confident they are meeting all FBI CJIS Security policies.”

With the introduction of Omnixx, Datamaxx sparked a revolution in the law enforcement and public safety industry proving that information access and sharing technology didn’t have to be prohibitively expensive or hard to use. Today, over 500,000 users rely on the Omnixx Suite of products to provide robust, cost-effective solutions to access, collect, share, and analyze information. The Omnixx Enterprise Platform transcends products currently on the market by offering agencies one single platform in which they can operate any client – from desktop, web, mobile, and handheld clients to clientless functionality that supports any message-capable device. Omnixx Force Mobile provides laptop and tablet users with all the tools necessary to perform both law enforcement and office functions from vehicles, motorcycles, and mobile field units, and Omnixx Force Web is a web-based solution offering the same functionality as the Desktop client, but delivered as a “Zero Footprint Application.” Omnixx Enterprise features all of the tools necessary for agencies to prevent, fight, and analyze crime and terrorism.

About Datamaxx

Datamaxx Group, headquartered inTallahassee,Fla., is the premier provider of advanced communications, applications, enterprise intelligence solutions, consulting and professional services to law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety and homeland security agencies.

Datamaxx is a privately held,Floridacertified and woman-owned enterprise serving over 70 percent of the law enforcement communications market with more than 500,000 end users in North America,Canada, Guam andPuerto Rico. Datamaxx customers consist of local, state and federal agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, U. S. Office of Personnel Management, U. S. Department of State, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, City of Miami Police Department and the New York City Police Department.

To learn more about Datamaxx Group, Inc. and Omnixx, email Marketing@Datamaxx.com or visit www.datamaxx.com.