When we think of public safety, we think of law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical services. What we don’t often think about is how they work together and how they share information to prevent and protect us from events that could endanger our safety.
Most often, the systems in use today for sharing information are either paper-based or use verbal communications; both are slow and inefficient, and cost emergency providers precious minutes when they are racing against time to protect lives and property. The IJIS Institute and our members are changing that paradigm by sponsoring and participating in committees and projects to implement and enhance data interoperability within the public safety community and government agencies.
The nation has been discussing data interoperability for many years, and progress is evolving through the use of information sharing standards, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). Helping agencies implement NIEM is the focus of many of our projects. NIEM is designed to support enterprise-wide information exchange standards and processes that can enable jurisdictions to effectively share critical information in emergency situations, across domains, as well as support the day-to-day operations of agencies throughout the nation.
Unified Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Functional Specifications Project (co-managed by
IJIS Institute's Emergency Communication Task Force developed a set of recommendations regarding the scope and prioritization of issues relevant to information sharing and standards-based interoperability for next generation and emerging emergency communications and data management technology solutions. Read the Recommendations of the Emergency Communications Task Force.
Supported and/or developed numerous reference data exchanges (IEPDs) to support information sharing between computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems, law enforcement and jail records management systems (RMS), transportation systems, and dispatch systems.
Contributed to the functional specifications for RMS.
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The IJIS Institute and APCO International
co-manage the Unified Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Functional Specifications Project. The project working group includes practitioners from communications, law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, and transportation.
IJIS Institute member company representatives make up the IJIS Public Safety Technology Standards Committee (IPSTSC). The committee provides advice and work products on national initiatives to federal agencies and other interested organizations.
Public safety information sharing outputs include GJXDM and NIEM data exchanges (IEPDs) to support information sharing between computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems, law enforcement and jail records management systems (RMS), transportation systems, and dispatch systems.