The Crimestar Message Switch/Gateway (MSG) is a flexible and secure transaction interface that seamlessly connects all other Crimestar products (RMS, CAD & MDC) to your State's Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and NCIC. The interface software consists of two parts: (1) The host Message Switch/Gateway which runs as an application server behind the scenes and (2) an integrated user application called the "State Interface Client". Using the State Interface Client users can easily perform a variety of common query transactions through various state and federal system directly from within Crimestar programs. The State Interface Client simply appears as another form within the Crimestar RMS/CAD user interface environment and when running as an integrated form, Crimestar CAD can interact with it to automatically submit Vehicle and Person query transactions related to Vehicle Stop and Subject Stop CAD events. If desired, the State Interface Client can also be run as a separate and stand-alone Windows application external to Crimestar RMS and CAD.
The screen illustration shown below is typical of what
users will see at their respective desktop networked computers when they submit
transactions to the state and receive response from the State/NCIC
program is rarely seen by anyone except the system administrator(s), it is the core message switch
that communicates with the State Interface Client application and the Mobile
Digital Controller (MDC) host. The Message Switch/Gateway is responsible
for device and
user authentication, message formatting, encryption, audit logging, routing
and is the primary gateway for communicating with external systems and applications that
provide the connectivity to your respective state criminal information center.
The following is a simple high level diagram showing the entity relationship
between the State Interface Client program, the Message Switch/Gateway and
other Crimestar applications on your department's internal network.
The Crimestar Message Switch/Gateway is currently available for all 50 states in the US. Due to the nature of providing a state interface, which can involve considerable coordination, scheduling, approvals and in some cases certification with state and regional entities the implementation period for the Message Switch/Gateway can vary widely. Contact Crimestar Corporation for more specific information about interface connectivity in your state.
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