30 Agencies in N.J. County Share Software System (8/16/12)
Almost 30 agencies in Monmouth County, N.J., are sharing consolidated services in an effort to reduce individual agency overhead with software from Spillman Technologies. Initial reports indicate a total average savings of $565,000 per year, a Spillman statement said.
Sharing one consolidated system allows the county agencies to share resources like hardware, software, IT staff, servers and licensing fees. Before, agencies had been managing those resources for a dozen disparate systems for dispatch and records management.
“First and foremost, it is a monetary benefit for us. Agencies in the public sector are seeing their budgets shrink away and everyone wants to save money,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “Bringing all of that under one roof will certainly improve our operations because we’ll be sharing one truly unified database,” he said.
Previously, the use of different software systems impaired communications between law enforcement agencies in Monmouth County. Golden said that using multiple systems even had the potential to cause delays during emergency response situations. Using one consolidated software system will provide officers with access to real-time data, more accurate reports and improved tools to respond to crimes in their jurisdictions.
Monmouth County is also on its way to completing a new 9-1-1 communications center to meet the demands of additional communities that want to participate in the plan. The 9-1-1 center is set to go live in early 2013. Participating agencies will be able to eliminate the hardware, software and maintenance costs associated with operating their own dispatch centers.
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