Datamaxx Thanks Our Customers

As we approach another Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on all for which we are thankful, we at Datamaxx Group would like to take the opportunity to thank our customers. We are grateful to serve such dedicated individuals, who risk their lives on a daily basis to “protect and serve.”

Happy Thanksgiving

Although many of our customers may not be on the front lines of protecting our nation, they are the innovators behind the scenes working to ensure the technology of mission-critical information sharing keeps both officers and citizens safer and better equipped to handle crisis situations.

As citizens of this great country, we are blessed to be able to rest our heads each night knowing we are protected by the finest public safety, criminal justice and homeland security professionals in the world. We truly feel honored to have worked alongside these brave men and women for the past 22 years and look forward to continuing our mission of empowering them through unique, cutting-edge technology solutions.

Thank You Veterans

All of us at Datamaxx Group would like to take the opportunity to thank our veterans and their families. We truly appreciate the sacrifices you have made and continue to make. In addition to the number of veterans we have on the Datamaxx team, many of our customers and partners have served our country. Also, countless others are connected to a veteran through family or close friends. We are grateful to you all and hope you have a wonderful Veteran’s Day.

Veteran's Day Salute

A special salute to all veterans today! Thank you for your service and sacrifice

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

9/11 Flag

September 11, 2001 – We Remember

One of the Datamaxx team members sent out an inspiring message we’d like to share with you today.

Datamaxx Headquarters

Datamaxx Headquarters – 9/11/13

Many of you are familiar with this site. We see it, day in and day out. Just like the flag we so proudly fly out front, many of us take this site for granted. Why, you may ask? Well, human nature draws us toward peace and tranquility. Most of us yearn for coexistence with others. Sure, we have our differences. Always have, and always will, but to coexist in peace and harmony is our common goal. A common goal amongst nations, their people, their races, and their religions. Although the vastness of this planet that we call earth, abounds us, we are all very similar creatures.

This scene, here on this morning, represents that peace and tranquility, with one exception. You may notice our flag is flying at half staff. This, in remembrance of the lives lost, the families torn, and the change in the way our nation sees itself, and other nations. To this accord, the terrorists have been successful, but they certainly have not won the battle. You see, our great nation was founded on sound principles. Principles that we are not willing to compromise or forfeit. As it has for over 200 years, our nation will survive, and with each new challenge, will come back even stronger than before. And when our friends and neighbors need help, we will be there for them. That, my friend, is what this country stands for.

As you make it through this day, please take time to reflect, and to remember the lives that were lost on this day, twelve years ago. Remember the people, for that is what really matters.

9/11 Flag

Flag of Honor featuring the names of all those who perished on 9/11

Steven M. Musgrove
Director of Information Technology and Purchasing
Datamaxx Group, Inc.

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.

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.

Montana Public Safety Agencies Can Now Use Secure Cloud for Data Sharing Solutions

Fort Benton Montana

Fort Benton Police Department leading the way with new, high-tech tool to fight crime

Montana public safety agencies can now reap the benefits of using a cloud environment for criminal justice information sharing, and do so free of security concerns. The Montana Department of Justice (MDOJ) recently reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Datamaxx Group (Datamaxx) to allow all Montana public safety agencies to utilize the Datamaxx Secure Cloud. Datamaxx Secure Cloud Solutions provide direct access to private law enforcement networks and homeland security information sources via the industry’s first and only FBI- and Nlets-audited cloud.

Leading the way in the state of Montana is the Fort Benton Police Department. In December, 2011, the Department began subscribing to and using the Datamaxx Omnixx Force Mobile solution – a state-of-the-art law enforcement mobile data solution that enables officers to access mission critical data and perform daily duties wirelessly from the law enforcement vehicle. Omnixx Force Mobile is part of the Omnixx Mobility Suite, currently the most-widely used law enforcement mobile data client on the market today which includes agencies such as the New York City Police Department, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Ohio MARCS and Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading