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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.
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 →