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Northgate and Initiate join forces to provide new solution for police intelligence

Northgate Information Solutions, a leading UK provider of criminal justice technology solutions and services, and Initiate Systems, Inc., a leading international provider of customer-centric master data management solutions, today announced the signing of a new agreement which will allow police forces and criminal justice agencies to improve public safety by combining all the intelligence used to prevent and solve crime – simply, accurately and automatically.

Northgate is offering the Initiate™ solution to its police and criminal justice customers in the UK. The solution creates and automatically maintains the master or ‘golden’ record of individuals by accurately linking information on individual identities, known associates, location and other details.

With Initiate Identity Hub™ software, police and criminal justice agencies can establish a clear, centralised view in real-time of individuals and cases, using the most up-to-date information drawn from multiple disparate systems and applications. Individuals can view information according to their security clearance in a format that is best suited to their particular need.

The result is a rich and accurate source of intelligence that can be used by police and other agencies to help prevent and solve crime. The solution also provides critical time and resource savings during the investigative process by eliminating the need to extract and check data from different information systems.

The solution’s other benefits include:

• enhanced intelligence on people sharing the same residence to increase understanding of what level of intervention is required and improve both public and officer safety;
• support for automatic requests of systems supplying data to reduce workloads for bureau staff and provide processing, administration and enquiry cost savings.

Dave Meaden, Managing Director of Northgate Public Services, said today:
“We believe that this agreement is another demonstration of how suppliers must form new relationships so that they can work in partnership to deliver excellent public services. This solution allows police forces to act on accurate and timely information from the fullest range of sources, promoting both community and officer safety throughout the UK.”

David Ashworth, General Manager Commercial and Public Sector, at Initiate Systems UK Limited, added:
“We are extremely happy to formalise our successful relationship with Northgate. The Initiate solution is already extensively used and has brought substantial benefits to criminal justice agencies throughout the USA. There, the LInX (Law Enforcement Information Exchange) project, which is similar to IMPACT in the UK, is deployed in five different regions of the US with up to 25 contributing agencies spanning city, county, state and federal jurisdictions. LInX provides a single on-demand information source for both counter-terrorism and local law enforcement. I firmly believe that, with Northgate, we can repeat that success here.”


For further information:

Northgate Information Solutions:
Kathy Sutton, Fellows’ Associates, +44 (0)20 7849 3403, +44 (0)7966 890401,
Alastair Whitehead, Fellows’ Associates, +44 (0)20 7849 3347, +44 (0)7930 566291,

Initiate Systems, Inc:
Ann Braham, Ann Walls Associates, +44 (0) 1558 668582, +44 (0) 7956 205926,

Notes to Editors

1. The value-added reseller (VAR) agreement between Northgate Information Solutions and Initiate Systems allows Northgate to sell the Initiate Identity Hub™ software to its police and criminal justice customers in the UK marketplace.

2. Northgate Information Solutions is a leading provider of innovative technology solutions to the public services and utilities markets. Northgate’s task is to enhance public value through the intelligent use of people and technology, and to share in the economic and social benefits that this brings. In the UK, Northgate works with four out of five local authorities, half of all fire brigades and ambulance trusts and every police force. Its systems are used in the management of over 1.5 million local authority and housing association properties; in the administration of more than £17 billion of revenues and benefits; and in electoral administration systems covering over 18 million people. Northgate administers over 5.5 million penalty notices every year and delivers the national system for reporting police performance. Founded in 1969, the company has over 3,300 employees.

3. Initiate Systems, Inc., is the leading provider of customer-centric master data management solutions for companies and government agencies that want to create the most complete, real-time views of people, households and organizations from data dispersed across multiple application systems and databases. Initiate Identity Hub™ software is more accurate, scalable, rapidly deployed and widely used than any other customer data integration and enterprise master person index solution. Many organizations in the financial services, government, healthcare, hospitality and retail sectors are using Initiate™ software to deliver the right data at the right time to all critical touch points. Initiate Systems’ proven experience makes it uniquely qualified to enable strategic initiatives that allow organizations to increase revenue and efficiency and reduce operating costs and risks. Initiate Systems operates globally through its subsidiaries, with corporate headquarters in Chicago and offices across the U.S., a Canadian office in Toronto, an EMEA office in London and a Pacific Rim office in Sydney.

4. Initiate Identity Hub™ software is the most accurate, scalable, rapidly implemented and widely deployed customer-centric master data management software available for organizations deploying customer data integration and enterprise master person index solutions in the financial services, government, healthcare, hospitality and retail sectors. Organizations using Initiate Identity Hub™ solutions create complete, real-time views of data from all applications and data sources to more effectively manage, control, analyze and integrate customer, patient or constituent information and relationships while protecting data privacy. The software combines the ability to handle hundreds of millions of records in sub-second response times with unsurpassed matching and linking technology that identifies and resolves information routinely, even when there is duplicate, fragmented or incomplete data. Unlike alternatives, which take months or years to implement, require extensive business rules and impose intrusive changes on current systems and business processes, Initiate™ software is rapidly deployed in weeks, does not require business rules for data accuracy, and works within an organization’s current environment without disrupting systems or processes.