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CJIN Mobile Data Network Update

Rodney Spell, Technical Services Unit, NC State Highway Patrol
Phone: 919-662-4440
E-mail: rspell@ncshp.org

Rodney Spell with the NC State Highway Patrol, addressed the Board on the CJIN Mobile Data Network (MDN), including that CJIN MDN has been historically viewed as two components, one being the mobile internet service that allows the user to reach the gateway and then the other to be the actual gateway into DCI, NCIC, DMV and other critical records, both of these components are undergoing an upgrade, the Highway Patrol upgraded the CJIN MDN to allow for air card users, they were told that the Vendor was moving to a different platform, the Vendor notified them that they would no longer support the current platform that the SHP uses after December 2012, the hardware has been purchased and the upgrades are taking place, the first mobile client has not been made available due to the multi-point authentication being built into the application for the user, a new date has not been released, the SHP is hoping to get a few test units running through Tallahassee, FL, prior to releasing the application, the goal of the SHP has been to maintain functionality across the board for the user, the SHP wants to enhance the system, there are some concerns regarding the new platform, as it does not allow for 3rd Party Vendor software, the SHP is working with the vendor on a second release that would allow for those programs to be run from the new platform, which would include Tracs and eCitation, other vendors were looked investigated and once the vendors were told that the radio portion of the CJIN MDN was to remain part of the system, they backed away from doing the project upgrade, in order for there to be no loss of functionality SHP has purchased equipment from other agencies and companies in order to be able to maintain the existing radio system until such time as agencies are able to migrate off the CJIN MDN with air cards, the national broadband or some other connectivity, the upgrades are being done through maintenance fees and are not costing additional funds, the equipment was purchased through grants, there are approximately 6,000 users, about 220 law enforcement agencies, one of the additional concerns is for the users that either cannot get physically or financially the means to obtain the air cards or broadband connectivity.