In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, protecting the public is
the foremost challenge facing all Law Enforcement Agencies. Meeting this
challenge --and effectively and efficiently carrying out their responsibilities
to the American people --demands that departments successfully exploit the
transformative power of information technology to further the accomplishment of
Information Technology will no longer be simply a support
service, but rather an active catalyst for change and a direct contributor to
mission accomplishment. Information Technology will no longer be largely
decentralized, but rather an integrated, cohesive endeavor that builds on
shared mission requirements and fosters a collaborative management environment.
Information Technology will no longer be only reactive, matching technology to
an identified business need, but also proactive, looking to how new and
emerging technologies may be applied.
Traditionally, many Jail Management applications deliver some of
the same "centralized computing" benefits as server-based computing. The
problem is that these types of machines were not designed for the thousands of
GUI-based Windows applications that are available today. Also, many of today's
new devices-like Windows-based terminals, PDAs, wireless tablets, and
information appliances-are not compatible with the Windows-based,
businesscritical applications being used in the enterprise unless rewrites are
Many law enforcement agencies understand the critical nature of
sharing mission critical data. To this end, CyberBest Technology in conjunction
with the law enforcement community has developed a web-based Jail Management
application to exploit the benefits of emerging web serves technologies.
Just about anybody working on government applications is
familiar with Extensible Markup Language, which is fast becoming a popular
solution for exchanging information across the Internet. XML, however, is just
one component of an emerging concept known as Web services.
Still something of a mystery to many information technology
professionals, Web services nonetheless are expected to be pervasive in the
not-too-distant future, an essential part of every agency's toolkit for quickly
fielding useful and cost-efficient government applications.
Web services, software written to link systems over the
Internet, are intended to simplify the development of Web-based applications by
automating the underlying processes needed for systems to interact online.
Whereas XML tags information enabling it to be recognized by systems, the other
three standards work more behind the scenes, automating processes so that
applications know how to handle that information.