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Sypherlink to provide integration toolkit for FBI’s law enforcement N-DEx initiative

DUBLIN, OH—Information-management-software company Sypherlink Inc. will provide the toolkit that enables state and local law enforcement agencies to quickly and cost-effectively participate in the FBI’s national data exchange (N-DEx) initiative to improve the efficiency of criminal investigations across jurisdictional boundaries.

“Sypherlink’s ‘agency integration toolkit’ will help minimize the burden and cost of N-DEx participation for law enforcement agencies,” said Rehan Chawdry, Sypherlink’s national security practice leader, who is responsible for ensuring that the company’s solutions fully support the unique requirements of government agencies and evolving national data-sharing standards. “Agencies will be able to easily and economically map, contribute and share data derived from incident, arrest and event reports in the required N-DEx format,” he said.

Sypherlink CEO James Paat noted that Raytheon Co. was awarded the N-DEx system development and implementation project by the bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services division (CJIS) earlier this year and included Sypherlink’s technology within its solution.

“The agency integration toolkit will streamline the traditionally manual, resource-intensive and costly process of understanding what data exist and how data relate across disparate information sources,” said Paat, who explained that the toolkit is based on Sypherlink’s patented, heuristics matching technology, which automates the data discovery and mapping process.

“Sypherlink’s technology will not only accelerate the ability for agencies to contribute data to the N-DEx effort, but will promote the reuse of data mappings and help ensure ongoing conformance with rapidly changing information-exchange standards, such as the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM),” he said.

“N-DEx is being built on the foundation of local law enforcement records systems,” Chawdry said. “It will complement and expand local, state or regional information-sharing systems, using a model of incident data aggregation that did not previously exist on a national scale,” he said. “While still serving agencies that desire to provide their data directly to N-DEx, the initiative will enable law enforcement agencies to collaborate with one another on cases of mutual interest, by connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated criminal incidents.”

Published in Public Safety IT, Jan/Feb 2008

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