Best practices in mobile data communications

     The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) covers an expansive geographic area that includes the communities of San Clemente, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Orange, Rancho Santa Margarita, Santiago Canyon, Stanton, Lake Forest and Laguna Hills. The...

     • Providing end-to-end security

     The mobile VPN also provided complete end-to-end security using FIPS 140-2 validated AES encryption, whereby all wireless data was transmitted through a secure VPN tunnel.

Crafting a mobile strategy

     When implementing your wireless strategy, carefully consider the use case scenarios and anticipate the common problems with these deployments. Most importantly, your mobile strategy should not rely on manual intervention and should account for the availability of multiple networks.

     With reliable and seamless access, our investigators today are able to perform critical tasks such as real-time justice system queries into criminal history — anywhere and anytime they need. They are also able to communicate quickly with judges, obtain an arrest or search warrant, or request backup support from other sheriff's personnel while monitoring the site of suspected criminal activity.

     With a proper mobile VPN solution in place, we've now maximized the efficiency of our wide-area network and created seamless mobility.

     Ed Lee is project manager, information systems for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.

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