States honored as part of 'The Best of NIEM'

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The National Information Exchange Model, otherwise known as NIEM, on Wednesday honored a number of state and local governments for their use of the platform with the announcement of “The Best of NIEM Awards.”

NIEM is an XML-based information exchange framework that represents a collaborative partnership of agencies and organizations across all levels of government (federal, state, tribal and local) and with private industry.

The purpose of this partnership is to effectively and efficiently share critical information at key decision points throughout the whole of the justice, public safety, emergency and disaster management, intelligence, and homeland security enterprise. NIEM is designed to develop, disseminate and support enterprisewide information exchange standards and processes that will enable jurisdictions to automate information sharing.

State winners include:

The City of Richmond, Va.: The City of Richmond has partnered with alarm-monitoring companies to create the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol, which provides an automated method for the rapid exchange of data between alarm monitoring companies and 9-1-1 public safety answering points. The NIEM-conformant ASAP reduces the total processing time from 2 to 3 minutes to less than 15 seconds, reducing the amount of time it takes for emergency personnel to respond to critical situations.

New York State: The New York State Justice Center is a joint program supported by New York State Information Technology Services, State Education Department, Department of Health, Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office for Children and Family Services, Office of Mental Health, and Behavioral Health/Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. The Justice Center operates a statewide hotline that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by trained professionals who receive reports of allegations of abuse, neglect and mistreatment. A NIEM-conformant incident report exchange allows interoperability between the Justice Center Vulnerable Persons Central Registrar and each partner agency’s internal incident report management system. Overall, it is helping to ensure incidents do not “fall between the cracks” when multiple agencies are involved and reduces the cost of cross-agency information exchange.

Hawaii, Maine and Vermont: Probationers and parolees may have contact with law enforcement—such as an arrest—however, their probation or parole officers might not learn about this contact until days or even weeks later. Through an automated information exchange between the state’s booking system and probation and parole case management systems, the Hawaii Integrated Justice Information Sharing program has enabled near real-time notification to probation and parole officers when one of their supervisees is arrested anywhere in the state—critical for effective offender management.

Leveraging the approximate six-month development done by Hawaii, the state of Vermont has been able to extend the capability to meet Vermont requirements in less than a month.

Both states are part of the Open Justice Broker Consortium, which seeks to share ideas and technologies that support the exchange of critical information within the justice and public safety communities.

Read the rest of the winners.

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