Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 22, 2011
Today at the 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police (http://www.theiacpconference.org) Conference in Chicago, CrossWind Technologies, Inc. (http://www.crosswind.com/) announces the launch of VALCOUR™ CAD/RMS software. Law enforcement must stay ahead of the information technology curve to be effective, but many IT solutions are not well-adapted to work within this dynamic environment. Seeking a contemporary platform for critical law enforcement information, Police Chief Mike Schirling of Burlington PD, ,(http://www.police.ci.burlington.vt.us/) developed a prototype of what he believed his agency needed in a CAD/RMS design and selected CrossWind Technologies to partner with BPD to build it. VALCOUR™ was designed to meet both the operational and budget requirements for small to midsized agencies. It represents a clear departure from traditional CAD/RMS software design as well as a departure from the traditional business relationship between CAD/RMS vendors and agencies. By leveraging the latest technologies, VALCOUR™ is able to provide unmatched information sharing, reporting and access capabilities within a solution that is easy to use, easy to support and easy to afford.
Given its rapid, iterative design technology, VALCOUR can be quickly modified and updated to keep pace with an agency’s needs. Officers, dispatchers and administration personnel from several agencies within Chittenden County, VT collaborated to create a user interface that was both simple to use and that supported the actual workflow of each user role. The data record design is incident-based so that all the information related to an incident is available through a single screen. All information can be updated and viewed by all users in real-time--as the information becomes available.
QUOTE: Police Chief Mike Schirling of Burlington PD
“Increasingly, street-level policing requires intuitive, integrated technology that works for our staff and with the flow of information that law enforcement encounters on a day-to-day and sometimes minute-by-minute basis,” said Police Chief Mike Schirling. “We were driven to find a partner who could build and leverage a simple, intuitive interface, without the extensive complexity of modules and differing looks in the cruiser, at a work station, or in the communications center” said Schirling, “and to create a solid foundation for real-time data sharing for multiple jurisdictions, with scalability for future development as our needs. CrossWind has been a true partner in this unique and exciting project.”
VALCOUR™ is an entirely web-based application and uses open systems technology. This means that system administration is very straightforward and can be accomplished by most agency system administrators. Because VALCOUR™ supports multi-jurisdictional deployment, agencies have the option of sharing the administration duties as well as data. Many agencies are struggling with managing shrinking budgets, and typically CAD/RMS systems comprise a large part of their IT budget. VALCOUR’s design, licensing and pricing was created to put agencies in control.
QUOTE: Chris Knudsen, CrossWind Technologies, Inc.
“The opportunity to work on this project with BPD was a fantastic opportunity for us. CrossWind had planned to develop a CAD/RMS system, and the Valcour project just moved up our timetable,” said Chris Knudsen, VP Sales and Marketing at CrossWind. “It has been great working with BPD. They are very technically savvy, they have excellent domain knowledge, and they really have fostered an open, collaborative working environment.”
ABOUT CROSSWIND: CrossWind Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1989 to develop high availability, networked productivity applications for Fortune 1000 companies and the Government sectors. Our award-winning products included many technology firsts and we continue to bring leading edge technology to solve real world challenges. Our diverse customer base spanned small agencies to large, networked installations such as the USDA Forest Service with 30,000 Forest Service employees in 795 locations. Other customers included NSA, IRS, Nortel Networks, Intel, Hewlett Packard, MIT.
ABOUT BURLINGTON PD: The Burlington Police Department has been proudly serving its community since 1865. Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks, Burlington is Vermont's largest city and home to over 40,000 residents, plus over 12,000 students from local colleges and the University of Vermont. The Department has an authorized strength of 100 full-time police officers and 36 civilian staff. We operate using core tenets of community policing.