Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc. (CPI), a leader in information-sharing software systems for the law enforcement and criminal justice community, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, announces that they have successfully delivered a new Law Enforcement Telecommunications System that quickly and reliably provides law enforcement officers across the State with access to critical criminal justice information.
The new system integrates CPI’s OpenFox® Product Suite including the Message Switch / Information Broker, Hot Files, Archive & Retrieval and the Desktop/Messenger client software within a service-oriented architecture, leveraging national standards such as; Web Services, Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).
CPI worked with the NM DPS to design and implement the solution based upon a transition methodology incorporating the OpenFox® Message Switching system to provide interfaces for external data sources such as Nlets, NCIC, MVD, CCH, CCW and DOC. The OpenFox® Hot Files provides internal data sources and the existing LEMS system provides interfaces for the regional systems and the Oracle-based end-user client software. The regional systems including CAD, RMS and MDT’s and the end-user client software will gradually be moved from the existing system to the OpenFox® Message Switch and Messenger client software over a period of time.
After fourteen (14) months of activity including; contracting, planning, designing, hardware procurement, implementation, installation, testing and training, the system was placed into operation at approximately 8:30 am MST on February 1st, 2011. This was the culmination of a project awarded to CPI after a competitive bid in June of 2009 with contracts being finalized in late October 2009.
"New Mexico deployed its new message switch with only an hour downtime and given the enormity of that implementation, it went very smoothly. CPI was hands on during the cut-over and worked with us to resolve issues quickly and to our satisfaction. We felt they were a part of our implementation team and had a ‘can do’ attitude throughout. You can't ask for more than that," said Mr. Stephen Tapke, Deputy Chief Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Public Safety Information Technology Division.
The OpenFox® Message Switch / Information Broker is now installed and operational in twenty six (26) States and six (6) Federal Agencies as the enterprise message processing system. For New Mexico the solution was implemented utilizing the IBM Blade Center with a mixture of Unix (AIX) Blades as well as a Windows Blade. The Blade Center currently has five (5) Blades and can be expanded to fourteen (14). The Blade Center also supports a large IBM SAN for storage of the data required for the archive and integrates with a backup strategy provided by NM DPS. The OpenFox® products installed for New Mexico are:
• OpenFox® Message Switch
• OpenFox® HotFiles
• OpenFox® Archive & Retrieval
• OpenFox® High Availability
• OpenFox® New Configurator
• OpenFox® Messenger
The new NM LETS system has several significant features including:
• Web Services interface to Nlets with all transactions in Nlets XML
• Web Services interface to Vehicle Registrations (system installed by New Mexico Interactive) with NMI XML
• Web Services interface to MVD for the retrieval of drivers registration and photos
• TCP/IP interface to NCIC 2000 with full support for all capabilities including images
• TCP/IP interface to the pre-existing LEMS system for retrieval of drivers history
• TCP/IP interface to the pre-existing LEMS system to support regional systems and Oracle based end user client software (The Oracle based client software will be replaced by Messenger)
• FoxTalk interface to support statewide Messenger
• Hot Files database (Oracle) including several NCIC mirror files, in-state warrants and recently inquired file
• Interface to the NM CCH database for Triple I (III) updates as well as queries including the creation and forwarding of Nlets compliant JTF Rap Sheet NIEM 4.0
• Interface to the NM CJIS database for Concealed and Carry as well as Department of Corrections information
Because the solution was implemented in a transitional approach, the pre-existing LEMS system was changed to forward all transactions to the OpenFox® for a period of time until interfaces can be moved to the OpenFox® and Messenger can be deployed. DCI (Diverse Computing Inc.) contracted independently with NM DPS to implement the changes required in the LEMS system.
CPI would like to thank the New Mexico Department of Public Safety for having confidence in us to deliver the best law enforcement solution in the market and to welcome them to an ever expanding family of satisfied CPI customers.
About Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc.
Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc. (CPI), with its headquarters in Bolingbrook, IL, is the proven leading provider of information sharing software systems that safeguard the public and the officers sworn to protect it. CPI is unique in its core focus on the law enforcement and criminal justice community as exemplified by the fact that the company services over one half of the law enforcement users within the United States. CPI has earned its leadership position through the success of its OpenFox® information sharing system, the most popular "information broker" system of its kind. CPI maintains its leading position through rapid system development and implementation, dedicated technical support and outstanding customer service. CPI's market leading OpenFox® Product Suite is comprised of the OpenFox® Message Switching System, OpenFox® Desktop Client Software, OpenFox® HotFiles, OpenFox® On-Line Validations, OpenFox® Archive & Retrieval, OpenFox® Sex Offender Registry and OpenFox® Criminal History System.
To learn more about CPI and our products and services contact:
Marc J. Smith, Senior Account Executive
Computer Projects of Illinois (CPI)
(630) 754-8820 X-149