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EnforceNet - a Smart Cities public safety data delivery solution from DigitalBlue Software




Market Position and Use Cases

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Introduction

#DigitalBlueSoftware was founded to improve #publicsafety by “connecting the dots” between different sources of #data. These “dots” are #firstresponders and the public safety back-office systems that provide critical #staffsafety, #incidentresponse, and #investigative information from disparate #sensors, #cameras, and databases. The company’s #EnforceNet solution connects the dots, as a #SmartCities endpoint for getting the data from those disparate technologies to the right/best first responder at the right time to #reduceresponsetimes and ultimately to save lives and protect property.


EnforceNet is a safety and communications app, designed to operate on #iOS and #Android, #smartphones and #tablets, and #Windows computers and tablets. To maximize market confidence in the EnforceNet solution as a tool that is purpose-built for public safety, EnforceNet comes with the certifications to be ready for use by the target market - #CJIS Compliant, #FirstNet Verified, #Zebra Validated, #RapidSOS Ready.

Market Data

A 2013 report published by the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (#BJS) revealed that 93% of all #lawenforcementofficers in the United States were employed by a department that provided some type of in-field access to important information by using a computer. In contrast, a 2018 study by DigitalBlue of 83 providers of public safety emergency response technologies revealed that only 28% of those providers have solutions that give first responders access to their solutions’ data from a mobile device such as an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The need to close this gap is underscored by law enforcement industry and consumer data.

  • The law enforcement industry:

#PoliceOne November 2018, How situational awareness technology aids during major incident response, stated that,


“The increased use of mobile devices has provided a powerful platform on which to layer information so that the right personnel get the right information at the right time.”


#GovernmentTechnology January/February 2019, Drones. AI. Bodycams. Is Technology Making Us Safer? Added that,


“From devices used by officers in the field to wireless cameras anywhere and everywhere, including on drones, the police will no longer be tethered to physical stations. ‘We are talking about the officer becoming the hub for everything that goes on, rather than it being a station or vehicle.’”

  • Consumer data

#DKC Consumer Survey August 2020 published by RapisSOS,


of Americans want 911 to receive additional data in an emergency.




of Americans believe providing more data to first responders would save lives.





Moving from the current environment to the gap being closed may be thought of as a technical nightmare. The data that will bring life-saving value to first responders can come not only from local public safety #dispatch and #recordsmanagement systems, but also from a vast array of #IoT #sensors, #databases, #cameras, and technology solutions that are designed to track everything from weather, #trafficdensity, and #vehiclecrashes, to #AI detection of #crimesinprogress and automatic notification of #fires. These solutions, which will become more common with the growth of Smart Cities initiatives, can come with numerous technical protocols, making it difficult for any single solution to make a seamless #integration with many so that their data is available to a first responder all in one place.


Why EnforceNet

EnforceNet is the solution to close this gap. The app has been designed for first responders to get,

all the data, all in one place, all in...


DigitalBlue Software accomplished this by building the app in #compliance with the #openstandards that are common to public safety. EnforceNet's compliance standards and technical protocols include:


  • CAP Common Alerting Protocol Version 1.2

  • APCO ANS 1.116.1-2015

  • APCO ANS 1.111.2-2018

  • APCO NENA 2.105.1-2017 NG9-1-1

  • GEOPRIV (PIDF-LO) (RFC 5491)

  • NIEM 4.2

  • AMQP 1.0 (ISO/IEC 19464:2014)

  • CJIS 5.8

  • FIPS 140-2, 140-3

  • OAuth 2.0 (October 2017) (RFC 8252)

  • JSON Web Token (JWT) (RFC 7519)


This open standards-based strategy enhances the usability of the EnforceNet API, simplifies integrations, reduces cost, and establishes a platform for nearly limitless use cases among the work done by first responders.


Although EnforceNet comes with the flexible integration capability to give users real-time access to data from connected systems, DigitalBlue also saw the importance of providing a solution that could operate as a stand-alone app that was ready to use as soon as it is downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play, FirstNet, or the Microsoft Store.

To accomplish this, the company explains that both the stand-alone, or Core, features of EnforceNet, and any functionality that may be added with integrations can all be described in three feature categories:

  • Locate -

  • People

  • Assets

  • Communicate -

  • One-to-one

  • Groups

  • Alert -

  • IPAWS

  • Connected databases


There are many examples of how this actually plays out in EnforceNet.


Enforcement Use Cases


Locate -

The movement of #detectives and #interdiction officers can require both secrecy and monitoring at the same time, and both for the same reason - for their safety. And still, the information they gather needs to be securely exchanged in a manner that complies with CJIS standards. EnforceNet provides both the location safety and the #datasecurity these officers need. Detectives and interdiction officers can be visible or totally hidden. Even if they are hidden their messages (text and image) are sent, received, and not stored on their phone. Message content is securely stored in the CJIS Compliant #Microsoft #Azure Government Cloud. So, users can locate detectives and interdiction officers, plus share #CJI in an encrypted secure environment.


Giving first responders real-time access to the security assets in a community can shorten response times, provide better knowledge of the specialized professionals to deploy, and ultimately save lives. In many communities, however, live access to assets like cameras and #intrusiondetection systems are limited to the location where they are installed, monitoring centers, or, hopefully, the 911 dispatch center. With EnforceNet, tactical response administration and boots on the ground first responders can get immediate live access to the #incidentnotification and #situationalawareness information from security assets so that they can more rapidly engage in the process of command and control and incident response, faster and better informed.


Communicate -

Protests and civil unrest can create significant challenges for departments to respond while protecting their #officers. Some technologies have features to locate officers and deliver critical updates about an ongoing situation, but when their use is limited to crisis situations or requires an officer to have access to a vehicle-mounted computer, valuable technology becomes unfamiliar and inconvenient. EnforceNet was created for both crisis situations and day-to-day use. It has an #AVL that moves with officers, who can securely receive incident data at any time. #Incidentcommanders are able to see their location, and if the officers have been equipped with IP-based #bodycameras, the incident commander is able to use EnforceNet to stream live video of the situation as it unfolds.


Multi-Vehicle accidents, chemical spills, terror attacks, and natural disasters are all events that can highlight the value of EnforceNet. From the moment an Incident Commander takes charge, EnforceNet can help. Since EnforceNet users have to be authenticated by their department in order to gain access to the app, the Commander can use EnforceNet to verify that someone who comes on scene to help really is who they say they are. And when someone is on scene to help, they need to understand what has happened and what is in process so that they can be most efficient in what they are assigned to do. In this case, the Incident Commander can use the #InstantMessage (IM) tool in EnforceNet to send that person a link to briefing documents so that the user can quickly get up to speed. As things change, each user can update their Unit Status and Duty Status in EnforceNet. These updates become visible not only to the Incident Commander but to all users of the app. When specialized resources are needed, such as #SWAT or #HAZMAT, the Incident Commander can use Search in EnforceNet not only to find a list of those resources, but also to see their status, location, and distance from his or her location. Once located, the Incident Commander can communicate with them right in the app by using #IM, #phone, or by placing a #videocall.


Alert -

The Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (#IPAWS) is FEMA's national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through #mobilephones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System, and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Radio. The information delivered to the public is focused on the need to know portions of the information that #FEMA collects so that the public can make rapid decisions as appropriate. There is, however, more detail to the alerts released by IPAWS, and that information can include data and links that could make a difference in the emergency response of a first responder. EnforceNet comes with IPAWS alerts that include all of the available details. Plus, EnforceNet has an alert workflow that lets the user see the location where the alert was activated on a map, see and communicate with other first responders in that area, and get turn by turn driving directions to that area.


As with the rest of the app, the EnforceNet alerting feature was developed to accept integrations with other alerting systems. EnforceNet easily integrates with alerts from devices like the SES AID vest, citizen solutions like #Zeteky’s #CloseWatch tip app, public safety systems like BOLO, Hot Sheet, intrusion detection system, LPR, gunshot detection system, and much more. Plus, it lets you share the alert information with others securely within EnforceNet or by email.


Conclusion

Public safety has become a technology-driven profession, and although the currently available and growing number of technologies help first responders in the heroic work that they do, many solutions deliver their value as a single solution to solve a single problem placing the first responder community in the position of having many apps to help them do their jobs. EnforceNet was created to consolidate these solutions, placing all of the data all in one place all in EnforceNet. And the EnforceNet value doesn’t end there. As communities change, add new technologies, and replace old ones, EnforceNet will change with them. The platform has been developed to allow for the feature additions and technology changes necessary for EnforceNet the be the one solution for phones tablets and computers that serves up the critical data to increase first responder safety and efficiency today and in the future.



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