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

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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 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.

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