In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 27, 2012 / 3 Shevat, 5772

Database-extracting software aids law

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If there's one thing a police officer or state trooper needs for self-protection and to do their job, it is information that is accurate and quickly available in the field.

Consider: an officer on patrol stops a vehicle at 4 a.m. on a quiet road. Knowing as much as is possible about both the vehicle and its likely operator is crucial, especially if the driver is known to be a potential threat to law enforcement. That information may be "out there," but unless it's available to that officer at that moment, it's not very helpful. Indeed, a lack of information could add to the danger.

This is where CODY Computer Services, Inc., a small business in Pottsville, Pennsylvania (not to be confused with the better-known Pottstown), comes into the picture. The 34-year-old, family owned company markets a system called C.O.B.R.A., which stands for "Center-Point Based Regional Access," that's designed to integrate data, while preserving the integrity of the systems from which that information comes.

According to David N. Heffner, a vice president of the firm, the system is "sharing between 55 and 65 million records [of] people, places, and police activity." That information is available in seconds, wirelessly and securely, in a form the officer "at the tip of the spear" can use on a cruiser-mounted computer or a handheld device, he said.

What makes C.O.B.R.A. different, Mr. Heffner said, is that it can pull information from different "silos," to use the in-vogue term for disparate systems, while still maintaining the integrity of those systems. This is, after all, highly sensitive information, and this data mining shouldn't compromise the systems. The other plus, it can take information entered even a few minutes ago, and deliver it on the spot to an officer in the field. That speed could help prevent a crime - or catch a criminal.

The challenge, Mr. Heffner noted, is taking sometimes radically different streams of information and pulling it together: in the past three decades, there's been an "explosion of records-management system providers, and a proliferation of different database providers, [and] schemas - the challenge that evolved is getting all of these disparate languages and schemas to act and communicate as one."

Once that communication is achieved, a seemingly insignificant item can surface. If the old bromide "little hinges swing big doors" is at all true, it certainly would be in the realm of law enforcement.

How valuable can a small bit of information be? Consider: David Berkowitz, the confessed "Son of Sam" killer, was identified by a witness who saw the then-postal worker remove a parking ticket from the windshield of his car near the scene of a shooting. The car's registration was linked to Berkowitz, and the serial killer was caught and later confessed.

Mr. Heffner said C.O.B.R.A. can bring such information, wirelessly, to police on patrol, quickly. Some 250 law enforcement agencies nationwide, in five states, are using the product, he said.

The system's interface is simple; it's "Designed for tactical use, not a full-on strategic experience," he added, saying, "Database mumbo-jumbo is irrelevant at that moment" of a stop on the street.

During one such stop, an officer using the C.O.B.R.A. system made a discovery, Mr. Heffner said: the policeman "ran a license number through COBRA, and it linked to a person on a completely unrelated situation," prompting further action.

Such "unrelated" - but highly important - information is critical: "When you type in that plate at 5 a.m., you want to get all that information back that's relevant," he added.

Mr. Heffner said the main system runs under Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system software, and is designed "with police officers in mind. No training is required." That C.O.B.R.A. has found a home in so many POLICE agencies would suggest it's worth examination by more law enforcement organizations, I would imagine.

Information on the firm and its products can be found online at http://www.codysystems.com/.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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