Datamaxx Attains National Certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise

WBENCDatamaxx is excited to announce it recently attained national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Development Council of Florida, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“Datamaxx is pleased to receive the WBENC certification and assist our customers, both present and future, in meeting their diversity initiatives,” commented Datamaxx CEO Kay Stephenson.

WBENC is an approved Third Party Certifier for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program. WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Women’s Development Council of Florida is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.

To be eligible to compete for WOSB set-asides or receive sole source awards, organizations must either be certified by an SBA-approved Third-Party Certifier such as the WBENC or self-certify in accordance with current SBA regulations.  However, The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 eliminated the self-certification process for the WOSB program. More information on the SBA process can be found at www.sba.gov.

About the WBENC
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for thousands of US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs. More information at www.wbenc.org.

About Datamaxx
Datamaxx, 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, 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, U. S. Department of State, and U. S. Office of Personnel Management. To learn more about Datamaxx Group, Inc., visit www.datamaxx.com.

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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

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.”

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