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Share and save. Maine and South Carolina recently agreed to turn South Carolina's Environmental Facility Information System into a multistate application.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will give Maine's Department of Environmental Protection a license to use the system to manage environmental information, make modifications for both states and eventually convert it into an integrated application.
Officials said the five-year contract between the two states is expected to save between $100,000 and $300,000 annually.

Maine will upgrade its Oracle Corp. database to a new version and install EFIS in its test and production environments.

The states will share internal progress reports and schedules, and coordinate their respective network nodes, geographic information systems and other Internet applications that interface with EFIS.

'This joint venture will allow the states to establish new and innovative information management capabilities'and at the same time save monies for taxpayers,' said David Littell, deputy commissioner of Maine's Environmental Protection Department.

Biometrics buy. The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association has awarded a purchase order to Identix of Minnetonka, Minn., to provide facial-recognition technologies to state law enforcement agencies.

Identix will provide an automated biometric identification system that the association will incorporate in an integrated system letting state law enforcement agencies share biometric data.

In December, the association awarded Identix a blanket purchasing agreement to provide its TouchPrint 3000 Live Scan Series for the more than 100 10-print live-scan systems deployed throughout the state.

Pennsylvania's database will include about 700,000 facial images, and the state expects to add up to 500,000 more over the next several years.

Records online. The Montana Justice Department provides online access to vehicle record information that banks, credit unions, car dealerships and insurance companies need to do business.

The service, at www.DiscoveringMontana.com, lets authorized users search for vehicle information, including ownership, title history and registration.

The vehicle search service is accessible only by businesses with a legitimate need that have been authorized by the Montana Justice Department.

The service was developed by Justice, Montana's Motor Vehicle Division, the IT Services Division of the state Administration Department and Montana Interactive Inc., a Helena, Mont., subsidiary of e-government provider NIC Inc. of Olathe, Kan.

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