Information Builders, a provider of enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting, and iWay Software, an Information Builders’ company that accelerates integration and collaboration, announced their strengthened homeland security solutions. The companies deliver secure, collaborative solutions to federal, state, and local government and law enforcement agencies to promote information sharing and inter-agency collaboration. The intensified security initiative includes four highly efficient and superior solutions to address homeland security concerns, which are built on enhanced intelligent- monitoring and advanced integration technologies.

The companies' security solutions include the iWay Security Exchange, Bioterrorism Response Suite, and Maritime Domain Awareness Solution and the Uniform Crime Reporting System powered by WebFOCUS. Each product suite delivers advanced collaborative solutions maintained in a maximum-security framework.

The iWay Security Exchange (iSE) is a complete software and services solution that facilitates government, law enforcement and private industry information exchange and sharing. This comprehensive solution enables real- time data exchange with little to no impact on existing information assets. Built to run on 35 different platforms, including the Microsoft BizTalk or IBM WebSphere software platform, iSE delivers essential, time-critical information via Web portals and mobile computing devices. Enforcing information security rules within and among independent organizations, it also enables independent protection and management of information throughout the seamless exchange of common-interest information between disparate systems. Based on the ability to leverage existing information systems, iSE immediately XML and Web Service enables over 200 systems without programming. This allows for the immediate interconnection of stovepipe systems and islands of legacy data.

The iWay Bioterrorism Response Suite aids in the recognition of disease trends or clusters occurring in a specific neighborhood sector – a process known as syndromic surveillance. The suite helps streamline the overall time, cost, and effort to build a bioterrorism response system by reducing dependence on sophisticated skill sets and custom programming. In addition, the suite maintains the CDC's National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) standards for information sharing.

The ability to track and report suspicious maritime vessels is of high interest to federal and local intelligence and law-enforcement agencies. Information Builders and iWay Software developed the iWay Maritime Domain Awareness Solution in order to determine if a vessel and its crew or cargo is suspected of criminal or terrorist activities. This comprehensive Web-based solution utilizes advanced integration technology across various seaport database information points. Using graphically oriented GIS-based mapping and analysis technologies; this solution provides quick identification and visual perceptive resolutions to a vessel's suspicion or integrity. Vessels must submit required inbound documentation, such as call sign, ID number, owner, current position, last port of call, destination port, cargo, and crew lists, 96 hours prior to arrival at a United States seaport. The submitted information undergoes extensive processes that query existing port history information assets to determine the legitimacy of the vessel, crew, or cargo. If any information point is determined to be suspect, an e-mail alert is immediately generated to the appropriate personnel. At the point of e-mail receipt, a reply can be sent requesting additional information.

Already in use by the State of Pennsylvania, the Web-based Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) System automates the collection and reporting of crime information to police department personnel and U.S. citizens nationwide. With the UCR system, law-enforcement agencies are spending more time on public safety issues and fighting crime and less on administrative processes. The UCR system performs administrative tasks, helps file law enforcement employee information, and aids local police in submitting crime-incidence reports electronically to state police – who in turn submit the data in a specific format to the FBI. Powered by WebFOCUS, the UCR system has extensive reporting capabilities and facilitates the ability to spot criminal trends by tracking crime over time. In addition, the system allows for the creation of annual state crime reports, time-specific formatted intelligence, and detailed query reports specific to a department, county and/or state.

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