Spillman R&D Manager part of IJIS Advisory Committee

LOGAN, Utah – July 19, 2005 – Spillman Research and Design Manager Steve Hoggard was invited to participate in the newly formed Law Enforcement IT Standards Advisory Committee LEITSC) at the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS).

The committee is made up of ten individuals from the public safety vendor community. Members include Steve Hoggard of Spillman, John Arnstein of MTG Management Consultants, Tom Dewey of Advanced Justice Systems, Paul Smith, formerly of NetDelivery, Vincent Tortoriello of Enforsys, Inc., Morgan Wright of Cisco Systems, Inc., Mike Melling of TriTech Software Systems, Tony Luckman of VisionAIR, and Bruce Kelling who is the IJIS Representative to the LEITSC Council. The committee chair is Neil Kulander, a 35-year police veteran and the current Vice President of Public Sector Solutions at Asynchrony Solutions, Inc.

Previously, another Law Enforcement IT Standards Committee studied dispatch and records software systems to define the standards of functionality that agencies should expect from their systems. Hoggard was also part of that committee.

The new Advisory Committee will take the findings from the previous committee and develop the technical standards to support information exchanges between CAD and records systems from different vendors, as well as information exchange with other justice computer systems in prosecutor and court agencies.

This project has been a long time coming,” said Hoggard. We have been hoping to set these standards for quite some time, and now IJIS has introduced the project, with the vision and the capability to make it a success. It will benefit not only the vendors, but the law enforcement community as a whole,” he added.

The Advisory Committee will also work closely with the IJIS Practitioners Committee, made up of law enforcement officers, which will provide feedback and suggestions to ensure that the committee's standards will meet the real-world needs of public safety agencies.

Defining standards for these systems will hopefully bring down the cost of interface development, which will allow consumers to benefit from lower prices for custom interfacing projects,” said Hoggard.

In addition, said Hoggard, the new standards will make it easier for vendors like Spillman to provide top-notch support and create more solid interfaces, since they will be able to devote their time entirely to a single interface standard rather than spending time and money developing and learning several different interfaces.

The project is funded by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice.

About Spillman Technologies
Spillman Technologies provides a full range of software solutions for public safety agencies, including Computer-Aided Dispatch, Records Management, Mobile Communications, Corrections Management, Fire/EMS Management, and Resource Management. The software is installed at more than 550 agencies nationwide.

The Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council (LEITSC) is a consortium of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the National Sheriff's Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. The mission of LEITSC is to provide outreach and education to the nation's law enforcement community regarding IT standards; represent law enforcement in the development of standards that affect the information sharing; and to facilitate the development of standards by utilizing committees composed of law enforcement practitioners.

About IJIS Institute
The mission of the IJIS Institute is to apply industry expertise to assist justice agencies in the innovative use of advanced technologies to better share information in a way that benefits industry, the public sector, and society as a whole. IJIS currently has 74 full-member companies and 57 affiliated companies.