Lowell police department selects Columbitech Mobile VPN to access criminal data
Aug 21, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Columbitech Inc., a mobile VPN security provider, has announced that the police department of Lowell, Massachusetts, has selected the Columbitech Mobile VPN to access criminal data in compliance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services policy.
The software PublicEye (formerly PolicePad) from Zco provides a secure link to monitor 911 calls and access criminal databases, including warrants, driver and vehicle information, registered firearms, and criminal history. The software also allows police to monitor surveillance cameras as well as access public social media feeds within their jurisdiction. The Columbitech Mobile VPN has been integrated with PublicEye to ensure that information accessed through the app is kept secure in compliance with the CJIS policy, the company said.
The Columbitech Mobile VPN is FIPS 140-2-validated and provides end-to-end encryption of wirelessly transmitted data, with support for two-factor authentication as required by the CJIS policy. In addition, session persistence ensures that police officers stay connected through temporary coverage glitches and when devices roam between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The mobile VPN automatically restores the session with no need to reauthenicate, the company added.
"Our police officers are no longer tied to their computers in the cars. PublicEye secured by Columbitech Mobile VPN, allows police officers to access CJIS data from their iPads and iPhones, helping them to fight crimes more efficiently while staying safe," said Craig Withycombe, police officer and information technology manager at the Lowell police department.
"The Columbitech Mobile VPN enables public safety agencies to protect all mobile devices, including Apple, Android and Windows devices, with one single solution," explains Tobias Englund, president of Columbitech. "Unlike information broadcasted on the police radio, the Columbitech Mobile VPN is transmitting data on a secure link that cannot be overheard."
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