Securing America's Borders with Better Information

Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Border Patrol Unit to enable rapid search and retrieval across large documentation knowledge base

Denver — January 14, 2004 — The Department of Homeland Security's Border Patrol Unit has selected ISYS:desktop to enable advanced search capabilities for its internal data stores.

The Department said it would initially implement ISYS on a one-terabyte server to index three years of documentation from the Public Information Office, as well as seven years of legal data. The solution is designed to provide staff with a tool for quickly locating relevant information contained across disparate data sources and file types, yielding a higher level of efficiency and accuracy in the process.

"Now more than ever, the ability to easily manage and access information in an automated and reliable fashion is paramount," said Steve Hiatt, information technology specialist, U.S. Border Patrol. "Our selection of ISYS was designed to instill this capability in our department and ensure our employees have an efficient system for maintaining and instantly searching a massive amount of critical data."

The Department said it is also planning to use ISYS for a future paperless documentation system that is currently in the early planning stages. This system will reside on a 25-terabyte server and will house thousands of documents scanned and OCR'ed by the Public Information Office. ISYS will serve as the primary tool for enabling staff members to rapidly access information contained across this vast knowledge base.

Ian Davies, founder and managing director, ISYS, said, "Nationally, our capabilities have been well established through hundreds of U.S. government deployments, which include an enterprise-class install with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a 5,000-person intranet solution for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We're confident in our ability to bring the same benefits to the Department of Homeland Security today and in the future."