After logging in, and recording a purpose for access, the user sees a simple interface for uploading, searching previously uploaded files or creating a grid view of all or part of the images/content in a catalog. SIMS uses single signon protocols from Active Directory or LDAP so that if an officer is logged into their system, they are also logged in to SIMS without having to type a username and password again.
In the lower left box, any actions involving the user are displayed for resolution including messages from other investigators, supervisors or the system itself.
Metadata tagging including addresses – lat/long from mapping programs as simple as Bing or as detailed as ESRI can be entered here. Notes can contain keywords for searching, so at a later time, investigators could search for all images with “home” and robbery” or all images of “fences”.
Basic and Advanced Search Capabilities are built into SIMS
The search page and lightbox are consistent with many commonly used graphic design programs and can include still shots, video, audio or documents.
The face of the Crimestoppers page
This is representative of what is submitted when citizen wants to report information with pictures.
Unisys has developed a highly secure solution to meet the forensic integrity standards and policy requirements of several of the world's largest police departments. The secure storage of images and other multimedia content occurs in a tamperproof information archive, in effect, a digital evidence vault. Secure Image Management System (SIMS) technology uses advanced digital facial recognition technology to provide agencies with a 'digital vault' of stills and video data, the uses for which might include identifying deceased victims from tattoos or even from a decapitated head. Developed using Microsoft Silverlight, Unisys SIMS solution is a suite of products that permits the distribution, management and processing of images and multimedia in enterprise environments. Any law enforcement agency can implement SIMS to upload digital images from any source and securely archive the original in a digital vault. Police can then attach metadata tags such as case number, photograph time and date, photographer name to a working copy of the image to enable easy retrieval. Once the original image is uploaded, it can’t be modified or deleted.