Public safety agencies require multi-jurisdictional software that enables seamless and broad data sharing while securing sensitive information and preserving individual agency standards. Whether sharing information between dispatch and patrol, or linking agencies around the state to exchange information, Spillman’s Flex software provides cutting-edge technology to help agencies meet data sharing initiatives. Spillman has developed the most collaborative and powerful software for multiple jurisdictions available, specifically designed to expand the scope of data sharing and interoperability, while providing customers with versatility, ease of use, and peace of mind. In fact, 92% of Flex customers use Spillman software to share data with anywhere from two to more than 60 other Spillman and non-Spillman agencies.
Public safety personnel explain how Spillman’s multi-jurisdictional and data sharing capabilities enable their agencies to apprehend suspects across jurisdictional lines and streamline reporting processes.
Multi-Jurisdictional Software Advantages
Data sharing through multi-jurisdictional software increases officer safety, improves agency productivity, and creates strong partnerships among agencies in the same state or region. By sharing records, agencies can better identify regional crime trends and develop prevention strategies.
Accessing this information through shared software in multiple jurisdictions also allows public safety agencies to efficiently work together and collectively prevent emergencies by capturing and distributing criminal history information and photos in real time. The ability to access this live data from the field and view up-to-date alerts and warnings gives field personnel the information they need to stay safe.
A successful multi-jurisdictional software system can also help agencies reduce the monetary burden because each participating agency can distribute the costs for equipment, staffing, and overhead. Agencies can purchase modules individually or as a shared system, allowing each jurisdiction to create a software system that fits its needs and budget.
Unlike a lot of software for multiple jurisdictions, the Flex software can be customized to meet each agency’s unique needs. Agencies can retain their individual preferences and data identity. Code-table preferences and other custom settings can be created for an agency, but kept separate from other shared system agencies. As a result, all personnel benefit from shared data without giving up control to a single system.
Each agency’s data is protected on Spillman’s multi-jurisdictional software through user-defined security privileges. Agency administrators set user privileges, designating which users can access their data and at what level. This ensures that each staff member is able to access the information they need to perform their duties, without having to forfeit data security. Additionally, security levels can be defined at the world, group, and agency levels.
Flex’s Data Sharing Solutions
Flex is designed to make it easy to create a multi-jurisdictional software system. There are two primary ways to accomplish this. The first method is for users to store data on a single Flex database, which can then be accessed in real time by all participating agencies. One agency acts as the host by storing the server at its location, and other participating agencies store data on a designated segment of that same server. Each agency has the capability to restrict access to specific data while still providing users with a collective pool of information.
The other method is for public safety agencies to continue using their current system and adopt Spillman’s InSight data sharing product. InSight allows participating agencies with different databases, including those using non-Spillman systems, to exchange information in real time and match similar data, while complying with Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) standards. This model allows each agency to search for information outside its jurisdiction and immediately receive critical information. On a larger scale where several counties or regions are sharing information, multiple InSight systems can be connected to enable multiple Flex systems or disparate systems to share data.