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The DRM will provide great advantage for all of this as well.
Joe (busy writing!)
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:48 PM
> To: Rex Brooks
> Cc: 'XML Developers List'
> Subject: [xml-dev] Maturing Businesses and Web Standards
> Hi Rex:
> I take the note about dearth of support in the emergency
> systems, aka, public safety, for standards to heart. Only
> your indulgence enables me to monitor those lists.
> My response is slightly different here. As I said to your
> team members in DC last year, my issue is that there isn't
> enough representation by major public safety vendors, and I
> certainly do include my own company. The problem with
> standards here is that the customer is waking up to the vital
> interests of standards as a source of interoperability before
> the vendors, so the maturity problem rests with vendors.
> Anyone should have understood what 9/11 meant to this
> industry but it is a highly fragmented marketplace both by
> economic tiers and by local/state/federal/tribal
> relationships. In effect, it isn't really one market and that
> has to change by commoditization.
> We find ourselves bidding state reports, local reports, and
> highly local work processes with huge RFPs from small and
> large agencies that do not reckon with the actual costs of
> the systems they are trying to procure. In fact, aside from
> hardware, we should be bidding based on reference IEPs
> (Information Exchange
> Packages) and common web services. An agency should be able
> to purchase a dispatch system, a police, fire or emergency
> services records system and a jail and court management
> system without obscenely high costs for integration.
> We aren't there yet but at the very least, the vendors are
> waking up because the RFPs are starting to ask the right
> questions. Now it is a positioning game.
> I doubt we are the only business segment with this problem,
> but we are the one that has to solve it right soon, and that
> means realistic RFPs for systems that can be upgraded cost
> effectively toward eventual NIEMs-based systems.
> The fact of the sudden but predictable emergence of very
> large sensor arrays into this market makes it harder. On the
> other hand, we know how.
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