Calif. sheriffs stay connected

The Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department has deployed mobile productivity software that allows police officers and investigators using wireless-enabled laptop PCs access to critical information from anywhere in the field.

The sheriff's department covers a large area and police officials need to ensure that officers and investigators can access the department's dispatching system, state and federal criminal databases and other key applications from wherever they might be, said Ed Lee, project manager for OCSD's information systems.

Most applications require a connection to the server, so they become useless if an officer loses a wireless connection, he said.

So the department turned to NetMotion Wireless' Mobility XE for secure wireless communications. The mobile virtual private network software lets users maintain connections to applications as they move in and out of wireless coverage areas and across various networks.

OCSD covers an area that includes Anaheim, Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana, The Canyons, Tustin and Yorba Linda. Mobility XE helps the department address some of the most common challenges municipalities face with mobile deployments, such as end-to-end security, application stability and seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and wide-area cellular networks, according to NetMotion officials.

Mobility XE integrates end-to-end Advanced Encryption Standard cryptology to secure all data transmitted across the wireless networks. The product's encryption libraries are FIPS-140-2 validated, meeting federal government security requirements for transmission of data to and from mobile devices, company officials said.

In addition, information technology administrators using Mobility XE can customize policies to better manage application and network access, quarantine lost or stolen devices and prioritize bandwidth for critical transmissions and applications, they said.

Some of the other state and local law enforcement and public safety offices that use NetMotion technology include the Los Angeles Police Department, Santa Barbara County, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the State of Washington and the City of Las Vegas.

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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