Sypherlink released a turnkey software solution aimed at driving rapid adoption of the FBI’s criminal justice information sharing system, N-DEx. Additionally, Sypherlink released a toolkit designed to help state and local programs extend the N-DEx solution so it can also be utilized to support local data exchange needs and objectives.
The basic purpose of N-DEx is to share criminal justice information on a national scale and to give the correct information to the appropriate people at the right time.
A key challenge hindering the timely adoption of this important program is that many law enforcement agencies lack the technical and financial resources to comply with the N-DEx standard and messaging requirements. Compounding the problem is that in addition to supporting the FBI program, many states also would like to initiate their own local data sharing initiatives.
Sypherlink’s N-DEx Appliance and DEx Toolkit were designed to help mitigate these challenges and allow public safety agencies to more easily leverage N-DEx to support multiple initiatives.
The N-DEx Appliance is a pre-configured solution specifically designed to enable agencies to quickly and inexpensively submit data to N-DEx. It includes pre-built interfaces to many of the industry’s leading RMS applications. The interfaces consist of mappings that convert data from the RMS to a NIEM staging database. The solution also offers a pre-built N-DEx adapter that generates N-DEx compliant XML messages. The software is available pre-loaded on Sypherlink hardware or it can be deployed on the agency’s hardware.
The DEx Toolkit is an add-on to the N-DEx Appliance. The solution provides users and integrators with the tools to extend the N-DEx Appliance to support state, local and regional data sharing efforts. In addition to the functionality included in the N-DEx Appliance, the DEx Toolkit provides automated data assessment and mapping tools to map RMS data to new data models based on differing program requirements. Code templates are also provided to simplify the creation of target adapters to varying destinations.
Both products, the N-DEx Appliance and DEx Toolkit, are immediately available.