RESTON, Va., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles County Regional
Interoperable Communications System (RICS) leads a diverse list of major
Justice/Public Safety and Homeland Security IT contracts planned by states and
localities in 2008, according to a new report released by INPUT, the authority
on government business. The ten opportunities examined represent nearly
"Interoperability is one of the rare national initiatives where the federal government is backing up its directives to the states and localities with real money," said Jeff Webster , analyst, justice/public safety and homeland security at INPUT. "It's no surprise that a recent report by the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council found that developing interoperable communications is the top homeland security priority in the states. Major metropolitan areas, like Los Angeles , are the best places for vendors to prove they can deliver inter-jurisdictional voice and data interoperability among all types of first responders. INPUT expects to see a steady stream of opportunities like these over the next three to five years."
Rounding out the list of homeland security-related opportunities is the Virginia State Police's Virginia Intelligence Management System (VIMS). IT opportunities related to intelligence fusion have been the subject of much speculation. Major intelligence fusion IT implementations have been underway in Illinois and Massachusetts. Given rising Congressional interest in state and local fusion centers, INPUT sees this as the first of a slow but steady stream of intelligence-related opportunities.
"Vendors should not chase homeland security opportunities to the exclusion of those that meet other critical day-to-day business needs," said Webster. "Five of the top ten opportunities address long-standing, bread-and-butter concerns such as records management, sex-offender tracking, offender case management, a centralized repository, and automated fingerprinting. However, vendors would be smart to look ahead and think about how these systems might be leveraged for homeland security purposes down the road. The interoperability and fusion angles are always strong selling points."
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