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Technological advances continues to provide the tools needed to increase operational efficiency and more effectively serve and protect the public.

Agencies can now manage dispatch, records, and corrections with innovative equipment and software, such as body-worn cameras and surveillance video.

The challenge for many law enforcement agencies today is how to store the vast amounts of digital media:  on-premises software packages or servers in the cloud?

Moving to the cloud

More agencies are looking to cloud solutions such as Los Angeles Police Department, the Oakland Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina, reports Fortune.com.

Information security officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, Sanjoy Datta, says the alternative saves internal resources.

“We simply don’t have the staff we need to keep all these systems on premise. The demand for technology is growing, but the supply is not there. So the way to meet that need is to move to the cloud,” in an article on Govtech.com.

What is the cloud?

The ‘cloud’ is a buzzword these days but what does it mean?

Simply put, the cloud is a Web-based network of servers used to store and access data and software through the Internet, according to Mark Rivera, a FBI-CJIS security policy compliance officer, in a feature for Policemag.com.

The key benefit to a web-based solutions is that they are often more cost effective for agencies that might not be able to accommodate an on-premises software system.

Companies such as Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure offer business-critical solutions to governments and service providers and it recently introduced a browser-based records management system (RMS) exclusively for law enforcement agencies globally.

In Canada, the RMS is available both English and French.

Safe & secure

inPURSUIT WebRMS is hosted entirely in an agency's server environment, making it as secure as any of other onsite capabilities and solutions.

In addition, inPURSUIT WebRMS complies with the Federal Bureau Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Service Division (CJIS) compliance requirements.

Jamie Algatt, product manager of RMS, Reporting and Analytics, says browser or web-based RMS systems can be deployed in a couple of ways. First, as an on-premise application, inherent to an agency's secured network, thereby giving SSL-secured connectivity or, deployed to a cloud environment.

And, as a cloud-deployable solution, inPURSUIT WebRMS greatly reduces the time and costs associated with updating and upgrading software versions that would traditionally exist on local workstations.

Fast access

Cloud technology allows law enforcement personnel access to data wherever and whenever needed.

Any device with an Internet connection can provide users with access to mission-critical information, whether from PCs, tablets, and mobile devices at the station or in the field.

With cloud technology, law enforcement agencies can benefit without spending a vast portion of their budgets to purchase and maintain large physical databases on their premises.

If you would like to learn more about how inPURSUIT WebRMS is configured or its analytics capabilities, contact Desmond Khor, Regional Marketing Manager at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure at desmond.khor@hexagonsi.com.