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Fusion-im

Information Management

 

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Access all of your agency's data in one place

 

You really can know everything with Fusionim

In the information age we live in, data sharing is becoming a priority for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. The more information an agency has access to, the better it will be able to increase public safety, make strategic decisions, do tactical planning, and perform criminal analysis. Since there are so many different data systems currently in use by agencies and many of them have disparate formats, sharing data across separate systems and between multiple agencies is usually a very tedious and costly process. DataWorks Plus has developed Fusionim so that every agency can now have the ability to access any needed data from any system they desire at any given time, all from one user interface.

 

How Fusionim Works

DataWorks Plus has proven experience as a systems integrator integrating systems that would otherwise be considered incompatible with each other. By creating custom data adapters, we can allow data from any of your agency’s systems such as an RMS (Records Management System), CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch), JMS (Jail Management System), Courts, or Warrants System to be viewed within a single easy-to-use interface in real time. The Fusionim system can be web-based or client-based. As long as Fusionim is given access to the data, it can be incorporated through fusion source adapters into the infrastructure and made available for indexing, searches, and display. You can even create new applications using this approach.

 

Fusionim Data Flow
Fusion-im Data Flow

 

Fusionim is Java and web-based, which allows the system to run on Windows, Unix, Linux, Mac, or any operating system that Java runs on. The system is scalable to meet your agency’s specific needs, and can link across multiple agencies in a county or region.

 

Due to the open architecture of Fusionim, its number of functions and uses is practically limitless. Some of the common benefits of Fusionim include the ability to:

  • Search CAD, RMS, JMS, Courts, Warrants, State CCH, and other systems from one user interface.
  • Bridge State, County, and City boundaries.
  • Share criminal history with within one or between multiple agencies.
  • Provide all criminal history information to investigators or officers in the field.
  • Provide analytical tools through OLAP cubes, trend analysis, and AdHoc reporting.
  • Integrate with any other DataWorks Plus product.

Searching Tools

With Fusionim you can perform a variety of search functions that will query all interfaced data sources and present the results in a unified display that is easy to read. Some of the most practical search types are person, location, organization, and property searches:

  • Person Search: Search multiple databases for a particular person’s records. Examples of the databases that can be queried include mugshots, fingerprints, RMS, JMS, Courts, and Warrants. Databases that include images of an individual can have their photos, fingerprints, or other images displayed with the results. Relationships between people can be seen from the results screen or by using the relationship analytical tool.
  • Location Search: Select addresses or other geographic identifiers to map out the locations of the transactions involving an individual, entity, or object. The location points can be displayed graphically over a street map, satellite map, or hybrid. This is particularly useful for trend analysis and determining hotspots where certain activities are prevalent.
  • Organization Search: Search databases for transactions involving organized groups or entities such as gangs, companies, and agencies. This function is useful for investigative purposes by serving as a relational database where users can view correlations between certain organizational activities or operations.
  • Property Search: The Fusionim Property Search function allows the user to search databases for any type of property material. This could include physical property such as vehicles, equipment, and case evidence, or financial property such as securities, stock-certificates, and titles. If available, users can even view images of relevant property documents. This function helps with property recovery, property tracking, and investigations.

Navigation in Fusionim is easy. Customized menus guide the user, and hyperlinks to related pages and live websites bring relevant data to the user within seconds. All search results displayed within Fusionim are also fully customizable in their presentation. Whether you wish to have the data broken down into individual database tabs or consolidated into a single page of data, DataWorks Plus will configure the interface to meet all of your agency’s needs and preferences.

 

Analytical Tools

Fusionim is equipped with a robust set of analytical and searching tools. Any data field from any system can be adapted into the system as a searchable source. For example, when you search for a person using information such as a driver’s license or social security number, Fusionim will parse through the data on all of the available systems. The user can see any data that might be linked, such as other arrests, vehicles, or known associates. The information will be arranged according to the business logic rules in place. The user could then click on incident location and Fusionim can display a map of that location. When plotted over a specific time frame, the easy-to-view search results can be used for determining trend analysis, tracking incident histories, and revealing hotspots in which certain types of activities are prevalent.

 

Fusionim Analytics
Fusion Analytics

 

Fusionim Mapping
Fusion Mapping

 

While standard reports and analytical tools are available in the system, all of these tools are developed and deployed using an open-ended reporting platform. This enables any set of reports to be customized for your agency and allows for additional reports to be easily incorporated into the system after installation. Fusionim will not only provide an effective basis for searching all of your agency’s current data, but also can serve as an integrated crime incident information repository that any authorized user can access to aid in the recovery, apprehension, and identification of people, property, and events.

 

Security

One of the highest concerns that agencies have when considering the acquisition of a data sharing system is that all information is kept secure from unauthorized viewing. Although Fusionim has the ability to access data from multiple agencies at once, all records remain owned by the originating agency, and release of those records is controlled by that agency. This ensures that all information sharing is compliant with known regulations and requirements and users may only view data they are authorized to view. All transactions are logged in detail and are available for review or analysis including the user making the change, the user’s IP address, and the date/time of the transaction. This allows administrators to see all data entry, views, deletions, and data changes at any time.

 

Role-Based Security: Fusionim implements role-based security with a Single-Sign-On (SSO) architecture. Each agency using the system can assign user roles within its own agency and to control the level of authority that those user roles maintain. These user roles determine the level and type of access that both internal users and users from external entities have to data that originated within that agency. Every user can be assigned to multiple roles. In addition to agency transactional control based on user roles, users may also be restricted by the type of data that is being stored, or by the current state of a transaction.

 

The benefit of using this role-based security with Fusionim is that administrators can strictly configure any user’s access privileges within multiple systems, but the user will no longer have to keep track of multiple logins. Some of the login methods supported in Fusionim include usernames, pass codes, and even biometrics. Fusionim will maximize the security, efficiency, and productivity of all data sharing needed by your agency.

 

Screen Examples (Click on image to view):

The Fusion-im main menu is fully customizable in its appearance and function. Notifications sent with Fusion-im’s internal messaging system can be displayed for users as soon as they log in. The main menu serves as a workflow manager that gives users quick access to the data and searching functions they need within a single interface.The data gathered by Fusion-im can come from within your agency, from a separate agency or organization, or from live internet web pages. Archiving data into a data warehouse is optional, but not required. Since Fusion-im gathers live data in real time, the user will always receive the most relevant and up-to-date information for each search query performed.Fusion-im will take data from multiple systems and present it in a unified display that is easy-to-read for the user. All tabs, data fields, menus, and buttons can be arranged on screen and customized to meet the needs and wants of any agency using the system. Due to this versatility, Fusion-im has a practically unlimited number of uses, and can actually be used to create “custom applications” within your agency using this approach.