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1 The CommSys - ConnectCIC TM "Transaction Package Review" This event is open to CommSys partners interested in integrating their applications for entry and modification to state, regional and national CJIS systems.

2 Introductions Our goal is to define the transaction packages that make up the ConnectCIC TM additional standardized transaction capability Presenter: Bob Turner – President at CommSys, Inc Coordinator: Kelli Adkins – Marketing Director at CommSys, Inc

3 Transaction Packages This presentation serves to detail and clarify the capabilities and functions of Additional Transaction Packages for purposes of information and contractual performance

4 Agenda Discuss ConnectCIC TM –Transactions vs. Transports vs. Options Discuss the CJIS Systems –State and National Levels Review the Transaction Packages –As options to purchase for ConnectCIC TM Closing with Questions and Answers

5 Why do this presentation? Most CommSys partners know ConnectCIC TM from its basic configuration What may be less clear is what are the Transaction Packages for ConnectCIC TM

6 Transaction Packages Transaction Packages allow additional functionality to software communicating with the state/ national CJIS systems This adds value to our partners customers by offering more functionality

7 History When we architected ConnectCIC TM, there was a we understood the requirements for the product because of the previous years of experience CommSys held in supporting the CJIS interfaces in more than 45 states. We leveraged the speed and integrity of well written C++ code to ensure we had a high performance and reliable communication environment.

8 Understanding ConnectCIC TM

9 CommSys primarily looks at the CJIS interfacing for ConnectCIC TM from two aspects CJIS Criminal Justice Information System

10 The Two Aspects Transports Transactions

11 Transports CommSys codes transports for every state/regional system we connect with.

12 As of Today This number is in excess of fifty different transports that ConnectCIC TM understands. The good thing is transports dont change very often.

13 Transactions or often referred in legacy terms to as formats or even masks. The transaction is what the partner invokes to take a standardized API message and have ConnectCIC TM transform it into a state message switch transaction. The term formats was the old term used to describe the layout of a teletype message. More correctly now the term that is used is transactions.

14 The Difference Transports: are consistent Transactions: are changing all the time Certainly the core Drivers Licenses and Vehicle Registration lookups do not change a lot. However, with new transactions, and modifications to existing, we get a lot of changes over time. ConnectCIC TM generates one or more messages to the connected CJIS systems.

15 Requirements The two main requirements were: –Transports needed to be fast and reliable –Transactions needed to be flexible and easy to change The requirement steered us to implement the transports in C++. These two requirements drove most of the architecture decisions for ConnectCIC TM.

16 Flexibility The ability to quickly update transactions in the engine without the need to deploy a new executable to the site. A pseudo-code or p-code engine is essentially an interpreter of a defined language. The Java environment is a p-code engine. CommSys developed a p-code engine in ConnectCIC TM for processing and formatting CJIS transactions and messages.

17 Transaction Store This is part of the SQL database that is required for the software to run. Each transaction action is modular in that a drivers license check transaction can be properly updated in the transaction store without affecting any other transaction. The architecture is extensible to allow new transactions and functionality in regards to message processing to be added without the ConnectCIC TM engine being shutdown. This capability is one of the greatest strengths of ConnectCIC TM and the foundation that we use to offer addition transactions and functionality to our partners. The transactions for the p-code engine are stored in the ConnectCIC TM transaction store

18 Options vs. Transactions There may be a bit of confusion understanding ConnectCIC TM Options vs. Transaction Packages –Options pertain to the functionality of the ConnectCIC TM Engine i.e. multi-server connections –Transactions pertain to the messages that can transmit to a particular state Messages are segmented along functional lines

19 What does ConnectCIC TM comes with? Transport –A transport is the code that is used to move messages to and from an end-point. This is classically the state-side connection to a ConnectCIC TM instance. Basic Inquiry –Basic Inquiry has been designed to support the typical mobile data, and basic needs of both computer aided dispatch (CAD) and law enforcement records management systems (RMS).

20 Basic Inquiry Terminology 1.People – wanted (state and NCIC), operator license 2.Vehicles – stolen (state and NCIC), registration 3.Gun – stolen 4.Article – stolen 5.Boat – stolen and registration The Exception: State specific – snowmobile inquiries, state minimum group (NC, SC, MS) 5 Common Transaction Groups

21 Drivers License Query In each group we do not provide every transaction. Instead we provide the most frequently run. For example, for persons check we provide a macro transaction Drivers License Query transaction which checks three things: –State drivers license information –NCIC Wanted person by name –If available, state wanted persons by name CommSys provides each group one or two transactions and can be called with different parameters, such as for a vehicle check by License Plate or VIN.

22 Basic Inquiry (BI) We include BI as part of ConnectCIC TM because or our history –We started doing CJIS interfaces for mobile and CAD systems in the early 1990s BI is the embodiment of the 80/20 rule Why is BI so important?

23 Identification A fundamental component of Law Enforcement activity is the ability to perform identification of persons and property This occurs in several ways –Verification of the publics identity when making contact with Law Enforcement –Looking up a registered owner of a vehicle –Verifying fingerprints when arresting an individual

24 Why do users want other Transactions? Workflow! They dont want to switch back and forth between applications –They want you to integrate more functions between your application and the state CJIS system

25 CJIS Systems Background

26 What do the CJIS systems do? To understand the overall function it requires that you understand the role of the systems that make up the CJIS networks CJIS Criminal Justice Information System

27 History The CJIS networks are some of the oldest information sharing networks in the country –Dating back to the 1930s in the Northeast The burden of being one of the largest and prolific environments has been heavy –Some of the technology relates directly back to the teletypes used up until the 1980s

28 CJIS Networks History The need for additional transaction means having a good understanding of the operational environment of the users. The diagram is logical in the details of describing the typical environment most end users see, directly or indirectly.

29 State Message Switch State managed switch –Typically by a state Criminal Justice Agency State Police or Patrol Dept. of Public Safety Dept. of Justice –Interfaces with DMV Hot Files (Warrants and Wants) Criminal History NCIC and NLETS

30 NCIC The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is the United States' central database for tracking crime-related information. –Since 1967, the NCIC has been maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Criminal Justice Information Services Division Located in Clarksburg, WV –Data is received from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as tribal law enforcement agencies.

31 What does NCIC stores: Person records: –Persons with active arrest warrants –Missing persons –Persons with active protection orders –Violent gang organizations and membership –Terrorist organizations and membership –Secret Service protective alerts –Unidentified human remains information –Convicted Sex Offenders –Foreign Fugitives –Immigration violators –Parolees or people on Supervised Release

32 More of what NCIC stores: Property records –Firearms records, including lost or missing firearms –Stolen vehicles and boats –Stolen vehicle and boat parts –Stolen property –Stolen, embezzled or counterfeit securities

33 Nlets Nlets provides electronic messaging to allow information exchange between state, local, and federal agencies + support services to justice-related computer programs. –The network is operated by Nlets - a non-profit corporation (501c3) owned and operation by the states and funded solely by fees for service. –The federal and international components operate very similarly. Users include all U.S. states and territories, Federal agencies with a justice mission, and certain international agencies. –Information exchange is voluntary and includes everything from motor vehicle registrations, driver's data, Interpol warrants, Canadian 'Hot File' records, and INS databases to state criminal history records. –The primary operational site for the network is housed in Arizona, with a secure backup site located in Kentucky. used to be known as National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System now they just call themselves Nlets

34 NCIC vs. Nlets NCIC is a Hot File database system –It has information relative to people, vehicles and items involved in felony crimes Nlets is a network of state and national Message Switches and some database

35 Understanding Transactions

36 Integrated Interfaces This is what our partners deliver to our customers using ConnectCIC TM –This activity is primarily inquiry based However customers need better integration with transaction groups beyond inquiry –What are they?

37 Entry/Modify Transactions Entry – Entering the record into the file or database Modify – Modifying existing record in the database Locate – An official notification from agency to agency Clear – Officially clearing the record Cancel – Remove a record that should not have been entered

38 Breaking Them Down Entry/Modify are what you would expect –They add or update data stored in databases (or files) Locate is a way to send an official notification from a finding agency to the entering agency Clear and Cancel remove information from the databases –However Clear retains disposition information on what happened

39 How CommSys Packages Transactions

40 Packages vs. Expanded Query/Entry Traditionally when partners have needed additional transactions we have done them on a pay-per- transaction basis –Expanded Query/Entry requests are handled on a custom quote basis –Additional Transaction Packages are priced according to the price list They are on the new price list which will be released at the end of the year

41 ConnectCIC TM Transaction Packages We provide these transaction groups under the caption of Additional Transaction Packages. Per transaction pricing was creating new problems –It was a challenge for both CommSys and our Partners to figure out what was needed –We identified the transactions receiving the most requests and packaged them in logical groups Packages are not limited to inquiry only and may also involve record entry, modification or deletion

42 The Six Transaction Packages - Computerized Criminal History Inquiry (CCH) - Basic Entry (BEP) - Wanted Missing Persons Inquiry (WMP-I) - Wanted Missing Persons Entry/Modify (WMP-E) - Administrative and Operations Support (AOS) - Canadian Basic Inquiry via Nlets (CPIC-BI) with multiple transactions in each group

43 Other Transaction There are other transactions that are not traditional database messages - such as: –Sending messages between agencies or –Looking up agency contact information CJIS Criminal Justice Information System These other types of messages are a minority but they do exist and are discussed later in the document.

44 Alternative to Entry Packages Considering cost effective offerings: CommSys offers the CLIPS TM software product as a full function terminal CLIPS TM offers more advanced integration with our partners Records Management Software (RMS)

45 Why not implement all transactions for a state? Could be done - but it is a lot of work and maintenance Or you could use CLIPS TM –CLIPS TM can be integration in to your application using ConnectCIC TM … that is for another Webinar - ;)

46 Detailed Transactions Group Discussion

47 Entry/Modify Transactions The Basic Entry Package is a parallel to our standard Basic Inquiry Transaction Package. With Basic Inquiry there are five main groups of transactions: –persons, vehicles, guns, boats and articles BEP Basic Entry Package

48 Administration and Operations Administrative Message (Teletype message - Agency to Agency) Hit Confirmation (Hit Request message or Hit Response message) ORI Look-up (provides look-up ORI agency addresses) Hazmat ( Specialized look-up of Hazardous Materials by UN number) FAA Aircraft Registration Look-up (using either the aircraft registration/tail number or aircraft serial number) AOS Administration and Operations Support Package Typical 5 Admin/Ops Transactions:

49 Computerized Criminal History The CCH transactions are searches for Criminal History (Rap Sheet) information maintained by the FBI or individual state. –Interstate Identification Index (Often referred to as Triple I records) –In-state Criminal Histories (depending on severity of the crime) Criminal History is not an updatable file, therefore there is no entry option. CCH Computerized Criminal History Inquiry Package

50 Wanted/Missing/Unidentified Person Inquiry Missing/Unidentified Person Supervised Release Parole/Probation Sex Offender Order of Protection WMPI Wanted/Missing/Unidentified Person Inquiry Package Typical 5 WMPI Transactions:

51 Wanted/Missing/Unidentified Person Entry Similar to Basic Entry as a parallel to Basic Inquiry, WMPE is the parallel to WMPI. Provides the entry, modify, clear, cancel and support transactions that are relevant for this subset. WMPE Wanted/Missing/Unidentified Person Entry Package

52 Canadian Basic Inquiry Package Canada in similar methods to U.S. CJIS systems in maintaining databases of wants and warrants, or material items which have been stolen or gone missing. Essentially the same databases can be found in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) and the provincial systems. CPIC The Canadian Police Information Centre Inquiries As is the case in the U.S. in Canada the systems are split between provinces and national databases. ~persons, vehicles, guns, boats and articles~

53 Expectations … These are not flip the switch offerings …

54 Transaction Group Availability CommSys delivers transaction groups based on demand, and not all state systems are currently defined. CommSys will deliver an additional transaction group within sixty days after receipt of an order (ARO). Some states preclude some transaction types: Example – in Ohio we cannot deliver entry or modify transactions as it is not supported from integrated interface connections without special permission.

55 Thank You Presenter: Bob Turner – President at CommSys, Inc Coordinator: Kelli Adkins – Marketing Director at CommSys, Inc

56 Questions/Answers NOTE: Additional documents with information are available at the CommSys.com Support link and website


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