The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has a lot of ground to cover--4,200 square miles, to be precise. Until recently, gathering data to support its far-flung operations happened piecemeal.
Earlier this year, it rolled out a data integration platform, called SDFusion, that pulls in data from a dozen databases, including FBI and Department of Motor Vehicles records, arrest warrants, and restraining orders. The system, based on Microsoft's BizTalk Server, provides data on any person who has had contact with the department and also draws on public records.
A mobile version of SDFusion extends those capabilities to data terminals in officers' cars, as well as to their smartphones and tablets.