A New Vision
Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone in early 2007. He announced the first iPad in early 2010. By the 2013, Apple mobile devices were ubiquitous in every facet of society. Except for law enforcement. Everywhere we looked, Law Enforcement officials were laboriously hand-writing citations. More forward-looking departments were lugging around old-fashioned custom-designed hardware tablets, which had to be cradled at the end of the shift. We asked ourselves the simple question, "why?" There were two good reasons. First, LE technology is traditionally "stovepiped", with many (mostly small) players producing stand-alone products. Secondly, The CJIS Security Manual did not allow for using CJIS on mobile devices.
In 2013, some engineers from a major defense contractor started tackling the first problem. In the DoD world, everything is integrated, from radars and space-based sensors to fire control systems and hand-held radios. The benefits of this kind of integration are obvious, because it allows the instantaneous exchange of information among dispirit systems so that decision makers can have a clear picture of any given domain. We architected our system from the ground up using these flexible and robust design strategies, and we began testing our system in the real world with the world-class and forward thinking Oro Valley Police Department. Initial tests were a tremendous success, but that still left one hurdle: regulatory prohibition of CJIS data on a mobile device.
As with most good stories, a little serendipity made all of the difference. We began field testing in June of 2013. In August of that same year, the FBI adopted appendix G of the CJIS Security Manual. This appendix allowed for the use of CJIS data on a mobile device for the first time ever. In anticipation of this event, we had already engineered the CJIS-level security (and more) into our system. We were ready to rock and roll, which is what we did.
From 2013 until today, our system architecture has proved it's mettle time and again. Hundreds of thousands of citations have been written with our system. TBL integrates with dozens and dozens of data systems, across multiple domains from Law Enforcement to Fire, from Civil Government to Defense Systems. Today our app runs on iPhones and iPads, on Android devices and Mobile Data Terminals. We provide solutions for Traffic Enforcement, Investigations, Health Code Enforcement, Military Police, Fire Departments, and a host of other applications.
TBL Systems, Inc., is headquartered in sunny Oro Valley, AZ. We have offices in Claremont, CA, and Honolulu, HI.