DigitalBridge's(SM) Digital Warrants(TM) Program Meets Tremendous Success in Cook County Illinois Circuit Court; Slashes Warrant

OREM, Utah , Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- DigitalBridge(SM), the leader in protected information sharing technologies and solutions for digital ecosystems, today announced that it is deploying its Digital Warrants(TM) solution in two additional Cook...


DigitalBridge was founded in 2004, in Orem, Utah , by industry-leading executives from the technology, education, healthcare, justice, and legal industries. DigitalBridge's mission is to build solutions that enable protected information sharing between individuals and organizations involved in simple and complex ecosystems, while protecting the security, privacy, and integrity of the information. DigitalBridge's revolutionary, patent-pending DigitalFusion(TM) platform, incorporating Digital Packet Technology(TM) solutions, is a completely new architecture for managing information in motion. Our solutions provide protected information sharing to digital ecosystems in the education, justice, and healthcare markets. The DigitalBridge solutions interoperate with existing legacy systems without requiring replacement of those systems, allowing authorized users to access the right information, at the right time, in the right context, in a secure and timely manner, from any Web-enabled device. To learn more, please visit: http://www.digitalbridge.com

About Cook County Circuit Court

Cook County Circuit Court is the second largest unified court system in the world. It processes over 6 million court hearings per year, over 2 million continuances, 6 million inquiries from the public, and over 18 million items of activity that must be entered into its data system daily. The Circuit Court supports more than 400 judges, employs more than 2,300 people, and managed more than 2.4 million case filings last year. The Clerk of the Court is the Honorable Dorothy Brown.

Cook County, Illinois , Circuit Court and DigitalBridge(SM) Transform the Legal

Process: Saving Tremendous Time and Reducing Taxpayer Expenditures by Almost

In 2000, the Honorable Dorothy Brown took office as Clerk of the Court of Cook County, Illinois , one of the largest and busiest court systems in the world, and immediately sought to transform the process by which justice was dispensed. In her landmark project, 21st Century Technology Initiative, Clerk Brown undertook one of the most daunting system upgrades imaginable: transforming the manual processes of the unified court system into electronic processes. The project was monumental, considering the sheer size of the Cook County jurisdiction and the volume of citizen requests: over two million cases each year, over six million court hearings per year, over two million continuances, over six million inquiries from the public, 18 million items of activity which have to be entered into their data entry system, and over one-half billion court records in their computer files. The Cook County system, though robust, was tasked with supporting over 400 judges, 2,300 employees in the Clerk's office, and nearly 2.4 million case filings. The Clerk's office also interacts with various other government stakeholders, including the Office of the State's Attorney, with more than 1,700 employees; the Sheriff's office, with over 7,000 employees; the Chicago Police Department, which employs more than 15,000 people; and an additional 129 municipalities, many of which have their own law enforcement personnel. To further complicate the matter, each entity has its own automated system of various manufacturers, ages, and types.

Following a lengthy RFP process, Clerk Brown chose DigitalBridge's Digital Warrants(TM) solution, an information sharing technology that would allow integral parties to share and act on critical personal information in a secured and auditable manner, while ensuring that the over 30 steps in attaining a warrant follow legal due process. The result of the project is astounding: the warrant process that once took several days and cost some $260 per warrant, can now take as little as 20 minutes to process, at a cost of $25 per warrant, reducing the total estimated annual cost from $13 million to just $1.3 million to taxpayers. Equally important, the electronic process frees law enforcement officers from carrying warrants, so they can return to the job of fighting crime.

The challenge Clerk Brown confronted is one which plagues government and business alike everywhere: how can various entities with disparate information systems share critical information to accomplish a task? The typical solution has been to rip out the existing systems and replace them with costlier, new systems that force database conformity and therefore typically fail to properly integrate historical information. DigitalBridge, however, has looked at the problem in its entirety from a different perspective, treating the complete network as one system which revolves around the individual, much like an ecosystem where one entity is the focus around which the ecosystem functions. The unique digital ecosystem technology developed by DigitalBridge recognizes that multiple organizations, entities, or individuals have to successfully share protected information when transacting business with each other. But, rather than force disparate systems to conform to one system, the Digital Packet Technology(TM) solution tracks information about a person, which can be gathered, assessed, acted upon, and shared between various entities across organizational boundaries. The Digital Information Packet(TM) technology ties to various identifying aspects of a person to him or her; allows workflow instructions to travel with the packet; manages governance across organizations; and integrates security, audit, and use rules within the packet itself.