Posts By: Neill Jacobson

CPI Creates Interface to Improve Alabama Firearms Prohibited Persons Database Functionality

CPI has enhanced OpenFox Computerized Criminal History (CCH) and OpenFox HotFiles (HFS) transactions by creating an interface with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Firearms Prohibited Persons Database (FPPD). The interface greatly improves data sharing between the entities. CPI provided a one-time initial extract of the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) and Hotfiles (HFS) data. When…

Arizona DPS Implements Targeted Interstate Photo Sharing (TIPS)

CPI has converted and enhanced specific message keys to enable standard Nlets Targeted Interstate Photo Sharing (TIPS) for the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS). The sharing of images is an ongoing effort to enable law enforcement users nationwide to exchange all types of images inter/intra-state. This includes common images related to wanted persons; missing…

Information-Sharing Obstacles Between Law Enforcement Databases

Modern law enforcement practices require police to effectively share information between databases. While law enforcement is limited by jurisdictional boundaries, criminals are not restricted by these confines. With streamlined information sharing capabilities, law enforcement agencies can compare cases with one another, avoiding duplicated efforts and time wasted chasing dead ends. While there are many benefits…

OSBI’s OpenFox System Now Deployed in CPI’s Tier III+ SaaS Center

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is now the thirteenth (13th) customer to implement the OpenFox® Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for their OpenFox Message Switch environment. OSBI has moved its OpenFox system source data from the system’s previous location in Oklahoma City, IL to the CPI OpenFox Tier-III+ Data Center in Bolingbrook, IL….

Maine State Police Upgrades Configurator

CPI recently upgraded the OpenFox Message Switch for the Maine State Police to Configurator version 7.5. Configurator 7.5 provides all the latest Configurator features and gives an enhanced ability to configure and manage Message Keys, Stations, Users, Code Lists, Vehicle Codes, Security Roles, Agencies, Watch Dog, Computer, and Licenses.  Maine becomes CPI’s 8th client to…

7 Benefits of an Offender Management System

Offender management systems (OMSs) provide law enforcement officers with seamless access to critical information. With OMS, officers can obtain both public and private information using a comprehensive enterprise management system designed to track and manage the life cycle of an offender’s incarceration from intake through release. There are countless benefits from implementing an offender management…

CPI Deploys Soft Tokens for OpenFox in Iowa

Section 5.6.2.2 of the CJIS Security Policy requires agencies to use Advanced Authentication when accessing CJI from a non-secure location. Keeping with CJIS compliance, CPI has implemented Soft Tokens v1.0 for the Iowa Department of Public Safety. CPI enhanced the existing OpenFox advanced authentication method to work with CPI-generated Google Authenticator soft tokens.  CPI modified…

What Is an Offender Management System?

Offender Management Systems (OMSs) are often used by police to gain access to public and private information such as arrest events, custody data, dispositions and prosecutor data. Law enforcement officers require access to the criminal histories of offenders to help keep their communities safe. An offender management system is designed to store data pertaining to…

New Hampshire State Police Upgrades Configurator

CPI recently upgraded the OpenFox Message Switch for the New Hampshire State Police to Configurator version 7.5. Configurator 7.5 provides all the latest Configurator features and gives an enhanced ability to configure and manage Message Keys, Stations, Users, Code Lists, Vehicle Codes, Security Roles, Agencies, Watch Dog, Computer, and Licenses.  New Hampshire becomes CPI’s 7th…

Law Enforcement Grant Assistance

Law enforcement agencies often rely on grants to fund programs, purchase equipment or resolve problems within a department. Grants can be obtained from a variety of sources, such as individual states or the federal government. With access to funds, law enforcement and other public safety agencies are better equipped to enforce laws and defend the…

How Can SaaS Reduce Software Risks for Police Departments?

Successful police work requires a willingness to share data and collaborate within and across organizations. Therefore, law enforcement must have access to the proper technology to aid them in their operations. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a type of software licensing and delivery model. SaaS enables users to access software online via a subscription instead of purchasing…

Hawaii’s OpenFox System Now Deployed in CPI’s Tier-III+ SaaS Center

Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) is now the twelfth (12th) customer to implement the OpenFox® Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for their OpenFox Message Switch environment. HCJDC has moved its OpenFox system source data from the system’s previous location in Honolulu, HI to the CPI OpenFox  Tier-III+ Data Center in Bolingbrook, IL. By…

How Police Departments Can Save Costs With SaaS Software

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has quickly become a widely used software licensing and delivery model. The cloud provider is responsible for hosting applications and making them available to users over the internet. This includes more tedious and time-consuming tasks including installation, updating and general maintenance. Police departments across the country are now making the move towards SaaS…

CPI OpenFox Upgrades Arizona Offender-Based Tracking System

CPI implemented a Fennec Broker-based solution that utilizes the OpenFox Message Switch and an aggregator to query the Arizona HotFiles, Criminal History, Law Enforcement Judicial Information System (“LEJIS”), and Sex Offender data repositories to provide users with consolidated responses. The Arizona Offender Based Tracking System (OBTS) provides a central index of offenders with records in…

Why Law Enforcement Agencies Should Move Towards SaaS

Law enforcement agencies around the world are making the move to a SaaS business model. Since 2015, the SaaS industry has continued to grow from approximately $31.5 billion to an estimated $171.9 billion, according to Gartner. The benefits of moving to SaaS are numerous, ranging from reduced support and rapid deployment to lower costs and…

CPI’s 12th CCH Installation Is Successfully Implemented in Philadelphia

CPI OpenFox and Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) have successfully deployed the OpenFox Criminal History Application (CHA) including CPI’s Internet Records Access Portal product (iRAP)  for agency background check tracking. The project replaced the legacy Philadelphia Criminal History database and user applications that served the PPD and the city of Philadelphia. PPD is now the eleventh…

Texas DPS Implements New OpenFox Terminal Control Report

CPI has upgraded the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) OpenFox Desktop to include a new module known as a Terminal Control Report. The new reporting module pulls together agency and station data into a single report that displays information from multiple fields configured by the TXDPS.  The critical component is that the reporting module…

New Mexico Upgrades OpenFox Hotfiles to Include Tribal Affiliation

CPI OpenFox implemented changes to the Hot Files (HFS) database (DB) Missing Person files to include Tribal Affiliation for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to document and track missing persons with tribal affiliations. Here is a high-level summary of the Scope of Work that CPI performed for this project:  Added a field for…

Vermont DPS OpenFox Archive Application Now Deployed in CPI’s Tier III+ SaaS Center

Vermont Department of Public Safety is now the tenth (10th) CPI customer to implement OpenFox Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for their OpenFox applications. Vermont DPS now has OpenFox Archive v3 application running in the CPI OpenFox Tier-III+ Data Center in Bolingbrook, IL. The Vermont OpenFox Message Switch and other CPI applications will soon…

CPI OpenFox Installs CCH Reporting Database for Alabama

CPI has built a replicated Computerized Criminal History (CCH) on-premise database for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). The project included the design, configuration, testing, and implementation of the replicated SQL CCH database and associated services.  CPI set up and configured SQL Server Replication in transactional mode. This technology updates the data in the Reporting…

Clarity on Upcoming NCIC N3G

The NCIC upgrade project, known as “N3G,” has mandated that CJIS System Agencies (CSAs) and direct interface agencies will need to transition from a Socket connection to a Web Service interface in order for users to take advantage of other N3G features and enhancements. CSAs and direct interface agencies will also need to transition from…

CPI Implements New Password Change Portal for New Hampshire State Police

CPI developed and implemented a web page that allows authorized New Hampshire State Police users the ability to manage their security questions and reset their own passwords.  Scope of Work CPI OpenFox created new graphical user interface (GUI) screens and modified the OpenFox Message Switching applications to support the specified user functionality. The new password…

CPI Upgrades Arizona OpenFox HotFiles and Message Switch

CPI has upgraded the OpenFox Message Switch and HotFiles 2.0 application for the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) to incorporate the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA) Stolen Vehicle Location project. CPI designed, configured, tested, and implemented a number of services in relation to stolen vehicles in OpenFox HotFiles 2.0. Scope of Work To successfully…

CPI OpenFox Implements New Password Change Portal for Ohio State Highway Patrol

CPI OpenFox developed and implemented a web page that allows authorized Ohio State Highway Patrol (LEADS) users the ability to manage their security questions and reset their own passwords.  Scope of Work CPI OpenFox created new graphical user interface (GUI) screens and modified the OpenFox Message Switching applications to support the specified user functionality. The…

CPI Enhances Idaho CCH to Include Domestic Violence Report

CPI OpenFox has implemented a new report for the Idaho State Police (ISP) that provides the specific criminal history information specific to state domestic violence statutes. Scope of Work CPI wrote a script to perform a one-time search of the Criminal History (CCH) database for offender records that have an arrest/charge that matches a state-specific…

Rhode Island Enhances OpenFox CCH Notifications

CPI modified the Rhode Island Attorney General (RIAG) Computerized Criminal History (CCH) Application functionality including enhancements to enable mapping of RI State statutes to NCIC equivalent offense codes on Nlets Criminal Record (CR) and Full Record (FR) responses utilizing Nlets Law Enforcement Notification System (LENS). The scope of work for this project included the following:…

UPDATE: Java 8 311 Bug Resolved

UPDATE: The error message in the Openfox Desktop, caused by a bug with Java 8_311, has been resolved. The issue was resolved in the Java 8_321 release.  For any further questions or concerns, please contact the CPI Support Center via email at support@openfox.com or by phone at 866-471-6305. Previous Issue: CPI has identified a bug…

West Virginia State Police Modernize DMV Interface

West Virginia State Police has modernized its Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) interface. The project replaces the current interface to the DMV with a new synchronous web service interface. The primary objective of this project was to replace the legacy interface and enhance the OpenFox® Message Switch with a Web Service interface that exchanges Nlets…

Oklahoma DPS Adds New DMV Web Service

CPI OpenFox implemented a new web services interface to process driver-related transactions to a new DMV service for the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (OLETS). The new web services interface will replace the current TN3270 mainframe interface at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. The primary objective of this project was to replace the legacy…

Michigan Becomes 23rd CPI Customer to Migrate to Red Hat Linux

The Michigan State Police (MSP) migrated its OpenFox® Message Switching system from the AIX environment to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) virtual machines (VM). Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) provided the MSP an overall structure, schedule, development, testing, and implementation of the necessary products and services based upon the requirements and information supplied by the…

Iowa Updates OpenFox Message Switch to Improve Dept. of Natural Resources Transactions

Iowa Department of Public Safety (IADPS) and Iowa Technology Services Bureau (TSB) updated the in-state Message Key Transactions (MKE) to its Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with enhancements provided by CPI OpenFox. CPI’s development effort included building new and modifying existing MKEs and corresponding forms, in addition to installing a new Oracle OCI interface to…

Virginia State Police Enhance OpenFox HotFiles to Store Orphaned Dispositions Data

CPI OpenFox and Virginia State Police (VSP) have implemented a new Hotfile table titled “Orphaned Disposition File” (ODF) to their OpenFox Hotfiles Application. The ODF provides additional records of disqualification to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) through an automated process. The project includes a new Hotfile table to house the ODF’s and…

Rhode Island AG Adds Violent Offender Notifications

CPI OpenFox has enhanced the Rhode Island Attorney General (RIAG) Query Wanted (QW) transactions and NCIC Query (QH) transactions to their current OpenFox Criminal History Application (CHA) to notify a configured group when a query result is flagged as a Violent Offender. CPI modified the OpenFox Message Switch processing configurations QW and QH transactions to…

MSHP Adds Background Check Enhancements to OpenFox CCH

CPI recently made enhancements to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system to conduct additional background checks on behalf of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Office of Childhood. These enhancements included changes to the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) to provide users with updated privacy…

Idaho State Police Adds Blue Alerts to OpenFox Message Switch

CPI OpenFox has configured the Idaho State Police (ISP) Message Switch to automate Blue Alerts to the public in the event of serious violence against law enforcement. A Blue Alert is an emergency alert issued by local law enforcement to speed the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers and…

CPI Deploys OpenFox Soft Tokens in West Virginia

Section 5.6.2.2 of the CJIS Security Policy requires agencies to use Advanced Authentication when accessing CJI from a non-secure location. Keeping with CJIS compliance, CPI has implemented OpenFox® Soft Tokens v1.0 for West Virginia State Police. CPI enhanced the existing OpenFox advanced authentication method to work with CPI-generated Google Authenticator soft tokens.  CPI modified the…

CPI’s 11th CCH Installation Is Successfully Implemented in Ohio

Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) and Ohio Attorney General  (OAG) have successfully deployed the OpenFox® Criminal History Application (CHA) including CPI’s Internet Records Access Portal product (iRAP). The project replaced the legacy Ohio Criminal History database and user applications that served the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the citizens of the Buckeye…

CPI Deploys OpenFox Soft Tokens in Kentucky

Section 5.6.2.2 of the CJIS Security Policy requires agencies to use Advanced Authentication when accessing CJI from a non-secure location. Keeping with CJIS compliance, CPI has implemented OpenFox® Soft Tokens v1.0 for Kentucky State Police (KSP). CPI enhanced the existing OpenFox advanced authentication method to work with CPI-generated Google Authenticator soft tokens.  CPI modified the…

Rhode Island State Police OpenFox System Now Deployed in CPI’s Tier-III+ SaaS Center

The Rhode Island State Police (RISP) are now the ninth (9th) CPI customer to implement OpenFox® Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for their OpenFox Message Switch environment. RISP has moved its OpenFox system source data from the system’s previous location in North Scituate, RI, to the Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc. (CPI) Tier-III+ Data…

Built In Honors CPI in Its Esteemed 2022 Best Places To Work Awards

CPI Earns a spot on Built In’s 50 Best Small Places to Work in Chicago Chicago, IL, January 5, 2022 — Built In today announced that CPI was honored in its 2022 Best Places To Work Awards. Specifically, CPI earned a place on 50 Best Small Places to Work in Chicago. Click here to see…

Oklahoma now participating in TIPS

CPI recently cut to Production a new receiver web service to Nlets and the NLETS TIPS, “Targeted Interstate Photo Sharing” for the Oklahoma DPS OLETS OpenFox Message Switch.   This project encompasses two projects in one.   The first was the conversion of the NLETS dual socket interface, and associated driver, to the new NLETS Web Services interface…

Rhode Island Attorney General Pistol Permit Printing

On February 17th, 2017 Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) successfully implemented Rhode Island Attorney General Pistol Permit Printing.  The new functionality, provided by CPI, provides a method to automate the printing of the Concealed Handgun Permit ID Card. The OpenFox® Criminal History Application (CHA) system has automated the applicable printing functions to produce the pistol permit…

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