Spillman program manager to chair public safety committee

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Aug. 31, 2007 – Steve Hoggard, program manager for software provider Spillman Technologies, has been selected to chair the IJIS Public Safety Technical Standards Committee (IPSTSC) at the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS).

The IJIS Institute is designed to help public safety agencies implement data sharing systems and provide them with training, technology assistance, and education.

As chair of IPSTSC, Hoggard will lead the committee in developing standards for information technology components and solving technical problems faced by the public safety community.

I am excited about the opportunity to address some of the real needs that we have talked about for so long,” Hoggard said. I look forward to making a difference in the law enforcement industry.”

Over the next few months, Hoggard said, the 13-member committee will work to create industry standards for software technologies like computer-aided dispatch, fire, and jail programs. They also plan to assist the Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council (LEITSC) in reviewing functional specifications of CAD and records management systems.

As a member of IPSTSC, it has been interesting to meet with other industry companies and find that we all have the same types of problems,” Hoggard said. We all find it difficult to create custom interfaces and would prefer to conform to industry standards when building these interfaces. We recognize that if we can define industry standards, we can lower the cost of creating interfaces and provide better support.”

Hoggard has been a member of the IPSTSC committee since 2005. He also served as a member of the LEITSC Vendor Committee from 2003 to 2005.

Spillman Technologies has been a member of the IJIS Institute since 2001. Based in Salt Lake City, 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, Resource Management, and Data Sharing. Each solution provides agencies with the resources to organize and manage vital information. The software is installed at more than 700 agencies nationwide.

IJIS began as the Industry Working Group in 1999, when the U.S. Department of Justice and other government entities invited law enforcement technology vendors to participate in national discussions about integrating systems and the potential for interoperability. As of October 2006, 86 member companies and 94 affiliated companies participated in IJIS.