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Information-Sharing Obstacles Between Law Enforcement Databases

Having the right law enforcement software can help eliminate information-sharing obstacles between law enforcement databases.
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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….

What To Look For In A Police Software Vendor

Learn what qualities to look for in a law enforcement software vendor. Transforming technology to fight crime and protect their communities.
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Maine State Police Upgrades Configurator

CPI recently upgraded the OpenFox Message Switch for the Maine State Police to Configurator version 7.5
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How Sharing Data Improves Efficiency for Law Enforcement

Effective data sharing is the foundation for the success of law enforcement. Learn how investigators and police officers use data sharing.
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7 Benefits of an Offender Management System

Offender management systems have been used for more than a decade. Learn the 7 benefits of an offender management system.
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CPI Deploys Soft Tokens for OpenFox in Iowa

CPI has implemented OpenFox® Soft Tokens v1.0 for Iowa Department of Public Safety. CPI enhanced the existing OpenFox advanced authentication method to work with CPI-generated Google Authenticator soft tokens.
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What Is an Offender Management System?

Learn what an offender management system is and how law enforcement use it to keep the public safe and protected.
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New Hampshire State Police Upgrades Configurator

CPI recently upgraded the OpenFox Message Switch for the New Hampshire State Police to Configurator version 7.5
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What Is a Law Enforcement Blue Alert?

The Blue Alert provides officials with the ability to alert the public when a law enforcement officer has been injured, killed or is missing.
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How to Buy Law Enforcement Software

There are several things to consider before purchasing law enforcement software. Learn how to buy law enforcement software.
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Law Enforcement Grant Assistance

Law enforcement agencies often rely on grants to fund programs, purchase equipment or resolve problems within a department.
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Public Safety Software

Public safety software can provide countless benefits to the law enforcement community. Learn more about Public safety software.
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How Can SaaS Reduce Software Risks for Police Departments?

Police departments have the opportunity to safeguard their sensitive data by implementing SaaS security practices.
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Hawaii’s OpenFox System Now Deployed in CPI’s Tier-III+ SaaS Center

Hawaii is now the 12th customer to implement the OpenFox® SaaS solution for its OpenFox Message Switch environment.
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On-Premise vs. Cloud Software Deployment for Law Enforcement

Learn more about on-premise and cloud software deployment and what these solutions could mean for law enforcement.
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How Police Departments Can Save Costs With SaaS Software

%%Excerpt%% Police department SaaS solutions provide enterprise-grade programs that aim to streamline workflows and optimize processes.
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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

%%Excerpt%% The benefits of law enforcement SaaS models range from reduced support and rapid deployment to lower costs and more flexibility.
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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…

5 Ways SaaS Is Helping Law Enforcement Solve Challenges

Law enforcement SaaS has become commonplace as more agencies choose to adopt this technology as part of their fight against crime.
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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
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6 Reasons Why Law Enforcement Should Move To Cloud Computing

Cloud computing holds several benefits for law enforcement officials. Discover why law enforcement agencies should make the switch to cloud computing.
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Vermont DPS OpenFox Archive Application Now Deployed in CPI’s Tier III+ SaaS Center

Vermont DPS now has OpenFox Archive v3 application running in the CPI OpenFox Tier-III+ Data Center in Bolingbrook, IL.
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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
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What Are The Different Types Of Law Enforcement Software On The Market?

Law enforcement software has contributed to more informed and knowledgeable officers. Learn more about the different kinds available today.
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Top Benefits For Cloud-Based Computing In Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officials across the country are using the cloud for a variety of functions, such as data backup and disaster recovery.
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Clarity on Upcoming NCIC N3G

It’s important to understand that N3G only applies to the upgrade and modernization of the NCIC system and that NCIC, NICS, and III are each separate systems under the FBI CJIS umbrella.
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How Does SaaS Improve Information Sharing in Law Enforcement?

SaaS enables law enforcement officers to send, receive and access information anytime, anywhere. Discover why this is critical for police departments.
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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. 
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Key Features Your Law Enforcement Software Should Offer

While law enforcement software can be adapted to meet a department’s needs, there are some key features that must be implemented. Discover what they are.
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How To Scale Your Business Using SaaS

SaaS provides organizations with an opportunity to generate more profit. Find out how to scale your business using SaaS and gain more revenue.
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What Is Saas Hosting?

SaaS involves delivering software to users online via a subscription-based or pay-as-you-go model. Find out about SaaS hosting and what it entails.
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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
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Debunking Law Enforcement Software Myths

Read this article to find out facts and myths about law enforcement softwares that helps police and public safety department to communicate.
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CPI OpenFox Implements New Password Change Portal for Ohio State Highway Patrol

CPI OpenFox created new graphical user interface (GUI) screens and modified the OpenFox Message Switching applications to support the specified user functionality.
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6 Benefits Of Police Database Software

Law enforcement is there to defend and protect our communities. Learn how police data base software can help law enforcement do just that.
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CPI Enhances Idaho CCH to Include Domestic Violence Report

CPI OpenFox has implemented a new, one-time report for the Idaho State Police (ISP) that provides the specific criminal history information specific to state domestic violence statutes.
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Understanding The Differences Between SaaS And Hosted

In the computing world there are many buzzwords that may sound confusing such as SaaS and hosted. Here’s a clear explanation of both!
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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).
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Key Benefits of SaaS Over PaaS

If your business is transitioning to the cloud it’s important to understand the benefits and differences of both SaaS and PaaS. Learn more here!
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What Is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) And How Does It Work?

Many businesses believe SaaS is a solid technology investment. Discover what SaaS is and what it can do for your business.
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5 Reasons Police Database Software Provides Public Safety

Law enforcement are responsible for public safety. Discover how police database software helps officers improve public safety.
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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…

What Are The Risks Associated With SaaS?

SaaS is a great and affordable innovative software distribution model. However, there are also some risks associated the service. Learn the risks here.
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Top 5 Advantages Of SaaS

SaaS is a software delivery model allowing users to connect and use cloud-based apps over the web. Discover the key advantages of using SaaS.
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Should Law Enforcement Officials Use Radio Or Communication Software?

Communication is key in the law enforcement industry. Learn how obtaining radio or communication software can enhance the workplace.
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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
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How Law Enforcement Officials Can Improve Information Sharing

Information sharing law enforcement has expanded. Discover how to improve information sharing across all law enforcement platforms.
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8 Types Of Police Software And Their Uses

The evolution of technology has helped the way law enforcement investigates criminal activities. Here’s 8 types of police software and its uses.
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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
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When Should Law Enforcement Officers Upgrade Their Police Software?

Upgraded police software has many advantages in the law enforcement industry. Discover what to look for and when to consider upgrading.
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Iowa Updates OpenFox Message Switch to Improve Dept. of Natural Resources Transactions

CPI’s development effort included building new and modifying existing MKEs and corresponding forms, in addition to installing a new Oracle OCI interface to deliver information to a state-maintained crimes Database (DB). IADPS built the responses from the state-specific crime DB and now sends it back through the OpenFox Message Switch where new style sheet programming is applied before returning the response to the end-user.
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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.
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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.
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MSHP Adds Background Check Enhancements to OpenFox CCH

CPI OpenFox (CPI) and MSHP updated the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Applicant response to include the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) response for the Originating Agency Identification (ORI) flagged with the NCIC NSOR Check flag in the Agency’s module.
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8 Benefits Of Acquiring Law Enforcement Software

The utilization of law enforcement software can provide significant benefits for police departments. Discover the primary advantages of acquiring software.
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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. This alert will utilize the existing Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) Interceptor product to catch Blue Alerts and automate the distribution of those alerts.
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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 OpenFox Message Switching System to enable soft token functionality. CPI generated the initial quantity of soft token credentials as specified and imported them into the token database on the West Virginia State Police OpenFox Message Switch. 
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The Importance Of Utilizing Software For Law Enforcement Officers

Law enforcement officials can benefit significantly from utilizing software. Discover the importance of law enforcement software for your department.
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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). 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 State.
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CPI Deploys OpenFox Soft Tokens in Kentucky

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 OpenFox Message Switching System to enable soft token functionality. CPI generated the initial quantity of soft token credentials as specified and imported them into the token database on the KSP OpenFox Message Switch. 
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How To Select The Right Law Enforcement Software

There are several types of law enforcement software that police can utilize. Learn how to select the right software for your department and its operations.
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Rhode Island State Police OpenFox System Now Deployed in CPI’s Tier-III+ SaaS Center

The Rhode Island State Police (RISP) is now the ninth (9th) CPI customer to implement the OpenFox® Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for their OpenFox Message Switch environment.
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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…

A Guide to Law Enforcement Software in 2022

Police departments must utilize software to effectively communicate and execute tasks. Here is a comprehensive guide to law enforcement software in 2022.
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What Types Of Software Do Law Enforcement Officers Need?

Law enforcement officers require specific types of software to carry out departmental tasks. Learn what types of software programs law enforcement officers need.
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Apache Software Log4J Vulnerability

It may have come to your attention that a security vulnerability in Log4J was identified late last week. Log4J is a third party logging library published by the Apache Software Foundation and used in a wide variety of applications. The Apache Software Foundation has released a new version of Log4J that patches the vulnerability. For…

What Is Law Enforcement Software?

Law enforcement officers must utilize software that is tailored to their line of work. Discover everything you need to know about law enforcement software.
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Java 8 Update 311

CPI has identified a bug with Java 8_311. This Java release may cause the following error when running an application within the Openfox Desktop. If you are affected by this issue, please revert to the previous Java version. We have been working with Oracle on a fix and they have confirmed that this is a…

CPI Successfully Deploys Illinois LEADS Modernization Project

CPI has successfully installed and implemented the OpenFox Message Switching System, utilities, interfaces, licenses, and professional services in order to customize and deploy a replacement LEADS system for the Illinois State Police (ISP). The functional areas, including all hardware, applications, licenses, and professional services to complete the installation were as follows: OpenFox Message Switch including…

Alabama Implements Query Criminal History Log (QCHL) Reports

CPI has provided Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) a new solution to easily store and retrieve input inquiry data for all NICS and CCH query transactions. Additionally, reporting functionality for a summary and transaction statistics lists have been provided. CPI performed the following tasks and/or services to implement the solution: Established a database (DB) table…

North Dakota Converts to Red Hat Linux

CPI has successfully converted North Dakota State Radio Department of Emergency Services to Red Hat Linux on new hardware. Computer Project of Illinois, Inc. (CPI) migrated all existing OpenFox® functionality in the North Dakota State Radio AIX server environments to the new RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) environments provided by CPI. CPI also upgraded the Archive…

OpenFox SAM On-Site Deployed in Oklahoma

We are happy to announce that CPI has installed Site Automated Monitoring (SAM) On-Site in Oklahoma.  More about SAM On-Site:  OpenFox SAM (Sites Automated Monitoring) application, CPI monitors the various customers that allow access to their systems to retrieve the required information.  This allows CPI personnel to monitor and maintain the health of a production…

Texas Implements New Boat Registration Interface

Texas Department of Public Safety and Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc. (CPI) created a new receiver RESTful interface to process Boat Registration and Wildlife Violation Queries in the Texas Law Enforcement Transaction Service (TLETS) system. CPI executed the following to successfully implement this project: Created a new RESTful web service client   Reconfigured the current station…

MSP, CPI Add New SOS Web Service to the OpenFox

Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) and Michigan State Police (MSP) utilized the OpenFox®️ Message Switch to implement a new interface via web services for Drivers transactions to exchange data between the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) and the OpenFox Message Switch.  The primary objective of this project was to replace the legacy drivers text interface…

Maine State Police deploy At-Risk Hotfile

Maine State Police (MSP) and Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc (CPI) have implemented a searchable repository to alert first responders when assisting someone who may have a condition which could impact their ability to communicate or interact effectively.  CPI provided a searchable database and configured the OpenFox Message Switch to enable MSP METRO User’s to…

CPI’s Message Switch Director Shares Team Engagement Strategies with Built In Chicago

“Being candid and available upfront allows open dialog at all times.” We sat down with @BuiltInChicago to reveal how we keep our teams engaged to achieve bigger wins. See more Here! https://bit.ly/33Ef8Ky

Maine DPS installs Restricted Person File DB Interface

Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) has successfully completed the Maine Department of Public Safety (DPS) Restricted Person File (RPF) Database Interface project for the state of Maine. CPI configured a new interface between the State’s OpenFox Message Switch (METRO) and the State’s RPF database for the purpose of providing Law Enforcement visibility of who is…

MSHP Upgrades MACHS Portal Name Search

The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) has been actively using the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) Portal for several years. With the help of CPI (Computer Projects of Illinois), the new updates ensure the management and execution of name searches align with the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system’s current workflow. This project has aligned…

Arkansas Upgrades to Latest OpenFox Configurator

CPI recently upgraded the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) OpenFox Message Switch (OLETS) to Configurator version 7.5 from Configurator 6.7. 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 License.  ACIC becomes…

CPI’s 10th CCH Installation Is Successfully Implemented in Arizona

Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI) and Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) have successfully deployed the OpenFox® Criminal History Application (CHA). The project replaced the legacy mainframe-based Arizona Criminal History (ACCH) database and user applications that served the Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS) community. The existing ACCH data repositories and associated Criminal Justice Information…

CPI Deploys OpenFox Soft Tokens in Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (OLETS). CPI enhanced the existing OpenFox advanced authentication method to work with CPI-generated Google Authenticator soft tokens.  CPI…

CPI and VSP Install New DMV Web Service

CPI and Virginia State Police (VSP) in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have installed a web service for vehicle-related transactions to exchange existing message formats between the OpenFox Message Switch and the new DMV data server via a new communication protocol. CPI configured the following OpenFox components: A new asynchronous bi-directional…

MSP and CPI add new Web Service to the OpenFox

CPI and MSP utilized the OpenFox Message Switch to implement a new interface via web services for Drivers transactions to exchange data between the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) and the OpenFox®️ Message Switch.  The primary objective of this project was to replace the legacy drivers text interface between MDOS and the Law Enforcement Information…

Wyoming DCI Adds Disaster Recovery Site

CPI and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Services Department (DCI) implemented software and services to secure and deploy their OpenFox® Message Switch System in a Disaster Recovery (DR) site determined by Wyoming. This effort permits Wyoming an additional site for system operability should the primary site completely fail. The successful project deployed a redundant…

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

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now the eighth (8th) customer to implement the OpenFox® Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for their OpenFox® Message Switch environment. DPS has moved its OpenFox® system source data from the system’s previous location in Oklahoma City, OK, to the Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc. (CPI) Tier-III+…

MSHP Upgrades MACHS Portal System

The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) has been actively using the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) Portal for several years. With the help of CPI (Computer Projects of Illinois), the new updates ensure the management and execution of name searches align with the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system’s current workflow. The benefits include providing…

The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) has been actively using the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) Portal for several years. With the help of CPI (Computer Projects of Illinois), the new updates ensure the management and execution of name searches align with the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system’s current workflow. The benefits include providing a visual representation of requested searches for MSHP CCH Admin users, and in turn, providing similar functionality already deployed through the MACHS Fingerprint Portal. CPI and MSHP personnel worked closely together to validate development and testing to ensure a successful implementation.

This project’s Scope included work within the currently deployed CCH and MACHS DBs, the CCH Admin Client, and the MACHS Name Search Portal. The project also provides a similar Review Queue for administrators as the MACHS Fingerprint Portal. This Review Queue is a newly developed screen within the CCH Client that an MSHP CCH Admin can determine the number of searches and interact with the searches themselves. The MACHS Name Search Portal changes include notarized letter requests that mirror the Fingerprint Search workflow process in the MACHS Fingerprint Search website.

The implementation provides the MSHP CCH Admin personnel real-time access to Name Searches provided through the MACHS Name Search Portal.

The MACHS Portal is a version of the CPI solution called OpenFox® iRAP (Internet Record Access Portal).

About OpenFox® iRAP:

OpenFox® iRAP (Internet Record Access Portal) leverages Internet technology with your existing Criminal History infrastructure to provide an efficient and cost-effective delivery system for open record requests.

iRAP Features:

 About CPI: https://www.openfox.com

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