Georgia Homeland Security Bulletin on MATRIX
August 1, 2003
Georgia's Homeland Security Bulletin
State of Georgia
Information on MATRIX and RISS ATIX
- The Power of the System - MATRIX creates complete and accurate investigative reports in a fraction of the time it takes to generate traditional reports and presents massive amounts of data in an easy-to-use interface. The user can easily see relationships between people, places and things that were previously impossible to discern.
- An Integration of Law Enforcement Databases - MATRIX seamlessly combines separate State databases to create an integrated law enforcement database across participating states. Criminal histories, drivers license information, vehicle registration, pictures and other key investigative data all come together into an investigative report.
- Public and Commercially Available Databases - Databases include: Property Ownership, Address History, Marine Vessels, U.S. Directory Assistance, Public Utility Service Connections, Bankruptcies, Liens and Judgments, UCC Filings, and U.S. Domain Names.
- Visual Mapping and Investigative Tools - One click on a target address and an investigator can get a list of everyone that has ever lived at that address and their corresponding biographical information. In addition to visual mapping, photos of individuals can be displayed in photo "line-ups" generated from the investigator's query results thereby making investigations move more quickly and with more clarity.
- Factual Analysis - The interaction between algorithms and integrated databases, combined with an analyst's expertise, gives investigators a jump-start in focusing on key targets of interest. With minimal input and the push of a button, witnesses, associates, relatives, and suspects can be identified and located.
- The Value of Speed - Requests that previously may have taken hours, days or week now take seconds. Investigative queries and analyses can be done in "real time" in response to crises such as threatened acts of terrorism or child abductions.
- Success Stories - Florida has successfully implemented MATRIX state-wide. Success stories include significant contributions and breakthroughs at speeds that otherwise would not have been possible in cases involving: terrorism, violent crimes, drug trafficking, identify theft, white collar crime, kidnapping, armed robbery, sexual assault, fugitive investigations and numerous others.
- Data and Security - States participating in MATRIX will connect to the MATRIX Data Center via RISSNET, or Regional Information Sharing System Network. RISSNET is the secure intranet that currently connects 5,700 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data security will be regulated by codicils and by-laws developed by the MATRIX group to ensure system integrity.
RISS ATIX . . . Regional Information Sharing Systems Anti-Terrorism Information EXchange
- RISS ATIX Bulletin Board -- The RISS ATIX Bulletin Board is a collaboration bulletin board that provides a forum for participant discussion and for posting of terrorism, homeland security, and disaster-related information. Additonal features are an online chat capability and on-screen paging among online participants, all within the riss.net environment.
- Secure Web Pages and Services -- RISS ATIX participants will have access to secure web sites containing general and community-specific information, and links to restricted and public web sites and other sources of terrorism and disaster-related information. Additionally, the web sites will enable the dissemination of sensitive but unclassified homeland security information and alerts, warnings, watch lists, advisories, etc. from such agencies as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and other state and federal resources.
- Notification by Secure E-mail -- RISS offers a secure e-mail capability for all participants utilizing RISS services to enable the distribution of alerts and sensitive but unclassified homeland security information. Delivery of alerts can be directed or restricted to specific RISS ATIX participants based on their geographic location, their RISS ATIX community group, or their individual status as individuals within their RISS ATIX community group.