Montana law enforcement shares data via the cloud

Montana’s public safety agencies can now share criminal justice information in a secure cloud infrastructure.

The state's Department of Justice recently reached a memorandum of understanding with the Datamaxx Group, which allows all Montana public safety agencies to use the Datamaxx Secure Cloud.

Datamaxx Secure Cloud technology provides direct access to private law enforcement networks and homeland security information sources via a cloud infrastructure compliant with FBI and National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System requirements, Datamaxx officials said. Nlets links together and supports every state, local and federal law enforcement; justice; and public safety agency for the purposes of sharing and exchanging critical information.

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The Fort Benton, Mont., Police Department became the first agency in the state to use the cloud infrastructure, subscribing to and using the Datamaxx Omnixx Force Mobile solution in December 2011. Omnixx Force Mobile lets officers access mission-critical data and perform daily duties wirelessly from their vehicles.

Agencies such as the New York City Police Department, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Ohio's Multi-Agency Radio Communications System and Department of Natural Resources use Omnixx Force Mobile.

The Datamaxx Secure Cloud meets FBI criminal justice information system security policy requirements such as Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 and advanced authentication and is based in a biometrically access-controlled network operations center, Datamaxx officials said.

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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