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

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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.

Datamaxx Again Recognized as Top Women-Led Business in Florida

Tallahassee, FL – (April 24, 2015) The Datamaxx Group (Datamaxx), led by CEO, President, and Co-Founder Kay Stephenson, was named one of Florida’s 2015 Top Women-Led Businesses by The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), a distinction earned for nine consecutive years. The rankings are based on an annual survey distributed to roughly 5,000 businesses in Florida and analysis of survey responses by Kaufman Rossin, a South Florida accounting firm. Datamaxx ranked 27th and was the only Northwest Florida-based company included on the list.

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 Women-Led Businesses, the survey found that 85% of women leading Florida businesses project moderate or substantial growth in their firms’ revenue and 60% expect to increase staff members.

“I’m honored that Datamaxx was recognized as a top women-led business again by The Commonwealth Institute and proud to represent Northwest Florida on the list,” commented Kay Stephenson. “Hopefully, our recognition will lead to increased awareness of the excellent business climate of Northwest Florida.”

To view the entire list and complete survey results, visit commonwealthinstitute.org.  For more information on Datamaxx, visit Datamaxx.com.

Datamaxx CEO, President, and Co-Founder Kay Stephenson

Datamaxx CEO, President, and Co-Founder Kay Stephenson

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:

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.

GovWin Blog on Montana Public Safety Agencies Adopting Cloud

Check out this post by Joanna Salini, GovWin/Deltek blogger:

Public safety agencies across the state of Montana have begun using a secure cloud environment for data sharing capabilities. Following a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Montana Department of Justice and Datamaxx Group, all agencies were given direct access to the Datamaxx Secure Cloud, which provides law enforcement networks and homeland security information compliant with both the FBI and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (Nlets).

The cloud can be defined as a network that computers and other devices can access anytime and anywhere they have an Internet connection. A public cloud is one where the infrastructure is made available to the general public over the Internet, whereas a private cloud offers more organizational oversight and control over the security and privacy of the network. Cloud technologies can be implemented in a wide variety of architectures and deployment models and can coexist with other technologies. Many clouds may also require different permissions for accessing information.

Using a cloud not only allows for better information sharing, it also helps with curbing costs. In a cloud environment, information exchanged between state, local and federal public safety agencies is secure, fast and a cheaper investment than most in-house solutions. Clouds eliminate many costs associated with storage, staffing, and multiple application uploads.

For the complete blog, go here.