Commonwealth Enhances Cross-Agency Collaboration With Fusion Framework

Date Added: Jun 2010
Format: WORD

The Massachusetts Commonwealth Fusion Center (CFC) is comprised of troopers and civilian personnel from the Massachusetts State Police along with representatives from 18 other entities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security. The CFC needed a cross-jurisdictional resource to support agency collaboration and the rapid assessment of trends and potential threats. It chose a combination of technologies to form the information backbone, including ESRI ArcGIS Server and a several specialized Microsoft SQL Server databases linked through Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. The Microsoft Fusion Framework automated and tied them all together. The system has proven critical to helping ensure that CFC staff can share information effectively and communicate in a rapidly changing homeland security and crime-fighting environment.