06 Dec Wisconsin chooses XML-based system to network Justice employees
The Wisconsin Department of Justice, in the process of redesigning a legacy system for sending information throughout the state, has chosen a vendor to power its main messaging application.
Sarvega, Inc., a Chicago-based developer of XML-based network software, will provide a key part of the department’s service-based architecture, called eTIME. The new system will run alongside the old TIME system during a period of transition.
The department hopes eTIME will be up and running by the end of June 2005, said Dave Wolfe, DOJ application development manager.
“It’s our most critical application,” he said of the network.
“Sharing information between justice agencies is a real necessity now,” he said, “and using XML is going to allow us to more easily share information between local law enforcement, state law inforcement, our criminal history archives, the court systems, and federal history archives.”
Sarvega will provide a firewall as well as a way to interchange state data using the federal government’s Global Justice XML Data Model, according to a company statement.
The system allows police officers to access data from laptops in squad cars, for example, or for local offices to share information. Wolfe said they would use custom applications, as opposed to a Web browser, to search the system. Application developers in the field are starting to switch to using service-oriented architectures and XML-based standards, he said.
“Law enforcement should have more information and more accurate information so they can make better decisions,” he said.
Jason Stitt is WTN’s associate editor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.