SOURCE: Metatomix

October 02, 2007 09:00 ET

Justice System Data Sharing Program Enhances Public Safety in Cherokee County, Georgia

Metatomix, Inc.'s Judicial Data Exchange (JDX) Software Streamlines Information Sharing Among 15 Agencies

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Court Technology Conference -- Metatomix, Inc., a leading provider of semantic solutions to financial services, justice, manufacturing and life sciences organizations, today announced that Cherokee County, Georgia, with a population of 160,000, is implementing the company's Judicial Data Exchange (JDX) product.

Using JDX, Cherokee County and participating courts and law enforcement partners will save labor costs and bring to real-time the speed with which they exchange information, a dramatic increase from their previous system. Previously manual, duplicative processes for entering data for traffic tickets, indictments, warrants, incident reports, court calendar items and other entries will be streamlined and duplicate processes eliminated.

"After careful evaluation, we determined Metatomix clearly offered the best combination of cost-effective technology and the ability of the solution to meet our needs," said Patty Baker, Cherokee County Clerk of Courts. "Without losing control of sensitive case information, disrupting our proven County processes or wasting the investment in our current case management systems, Metatomix uniquely allows us to focus on eliminating the specific bottlenecks to our judicial and law enforcement processes. Any Criminal Justice Information Services project should consider Metatomix as a fresh new option for their projects."

"Cherokee County's experience proves the real-world applicability of semantic technology to organizations tasked with integrated justice administration," said Metatomix President and CEO Jeff Dickerson. "Forward-looking organizations like Cherokee County are realizing the benefit of this technology in dramatically improving the way they conduct business. We applaud the County for its innovation in optimizing its citizens' resources to provide better, more cost-effective justice administration."

Located in a high-growth metropolitan Atlanta county, Cherokee handled more than 18,000 traffic citations last year, encountering delays in the circulation of information vital to law enforcement officials. Bench warrants issued by the Superior Court frequently took five or six days to be entered into the sheriff's case management system because of manual processes. During that delay, law enforcement officers weren't aware that they should hold or capture an individual under a bench warrant because the information was not in the system yet. Process inefficiencies were blocking the effectiveness of judicial and law enforcement professionals.

Patty Baker, Clerk of Courts, spearheaded the countywide automation process. Building on the success in Georgia and elsewhere, she led a multi-agency team that identified Metatomix as the best solution to reduce the judicial system's bottlenecks. The resulting streamlined process, leveraging Metatomix's JDX product, will ensure that more accurate information is exchanged faster. By putting critical information into the hands of decision makers within minutes, Metatomix enables better decisions that will protect the public, reduce county costs and make the best use of Cherokee County taxpayers' dollars.

In citing its reasons for selecting Metatomix JDX, Cherokee County emphasizes compliance with existing and emerging federally funded standards such as the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) for defining compliant exchanges. Utilizing these data standards ensures that Cherokee County will be able to easily communicate with the state and other neighboring agencies for the sharing of critical data.

Agencies participating in the Judicial Data Exchange Project include: Cherokee County's Sheriff's office, District Attorney, Superior Court, State Court, Solicitor General, Magistrate Court, Indigent Defense and Pre-Trial Services, and outside agencies, including the police departments of Canton, Holly Springs and Woodstock, and Georgia and Canton probation agencies.

About Metatomix, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Metatomix is a leading provider of semantic solutions to financial services, justice, manufacturing and life sciences organizations. Metatomix solutions link data from disparate systems to create a common semantic understanding across the enterprise. Using this contextual understanding, Metatomix solutions enable real-time analysis and insights, orchestrating and coordinating responses among both people and systems to optimize business performance. For more information, visit the Metatomix Web site at http://www.metatomix.com.

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