Minneapolis, MN and Montgomery, AL (June 4, 2009) - AIC has been awarded a three-year contract by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center to enhance its existing systems by implementing an enterprise-wide portal environment for state and local law enforcement. A primary objective of this project is to design and deploy a comprehensive analytics solution for the Alabama Fusion Center that will improve situational awareness and the sharing of real-time information with first responders across the state.
"The state of Alabama's current technology cannot support the growing needs of its fusion center," said Skip Fogus, General Manager, AIC's Government Solutions Division. "As a result, the state plans to seamlessly integrate investigative tools and analytics into its existing systems in order to improve its ability to fight crime and prevent domestic terrorism. Improving fusion center operations through the expansion of a state's criminal justice portal is a powerful and cost-effective approach. We are privileged to be selected by Alabama to help them succeed with this important initiative."
"We selected AIC as a strategic partner based on their proven knowledge and expertise integrating state and local public safety systems using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and RiverGlass fusion center technology," said Maury Mitchell, Director of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. "And, because AIC's approach leverages all three of the nation's criminal justice standards, including the National Information Exchange Model, the Global Justice Reference Architecture and the Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management security framework, our agency will also gain improved agility to solve the challenges of Alabama's law enforcement and public safety community moving forward."
The state of Alabama primarily relies on AlaCOP.gov and Virtual Alabama to share information and increase awareness among law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community. AlaCOP.gov is a secure web portal that allows authorized law enforcement and criminal justice officers to view state law enforcement announcements such as Amber Alerts, information about felony fugitives and missing person reports and provides person-based search capabilities that analyze state court and other databases, such as the state's sex offender registry. Virtual Alabama is based on Google Earth technology and provides city, county and state officials with three dimensional models of schools, bridges and other critical structures, including overlay imagery models and satellite/aerial imagery with the locations of fire hydrants, gas pipelines, hazardous chemical data and other important information that can help personnel better respond to emergencies. In order to improve situational awareness and drive operational efficiencies throughout the first responder community, the Alabama Fusion Center requires a comprehensive analytics solution that will complement these existing systems.
"We have some valuable tools for personnel in the Alabama Fusion Center but these systems aren't connected and information is often manually entered into multiple databases," said Captain Bill Eller, Commander of the Alabama Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Support Group. "AIC will provide the know-how to connect these systems, helping us improve our ability to effectively disseminate homeland security information to first responders and achieve the Fusion Center Guidelines recommended by the federal government."
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government established a National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan and facilitated the growth of state and local government fusion centers to expand information collection and sharing practices among law enforcement agencies, the private sector and the intelligence community. Today, fusion centers provide an effective and efficient mechanism to exchange information and intelligence, maximize resources, streamline operations and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism by merging data from a variety of sources. There are currently more than 60 fusion centers in the United States, including the one in Alabama.