and mobile data terminals.

Police officers and other staff will use multi-application smart cards and key-fob tokens along with desktop digital-certificate-management software to keep departmental communications, files and computer systems secure.

At the police department's headquarters, more than 25 officers will use the key-fob tokens to log onto their workstations and authenticate themselves on the department's network. Users must identify themselves with two unique factors - something they know, a PIN, and something they have, the authenticating token - before they are granted access to confidential network resources.

The police department is also deploying multi-application smart cards to officers in the field. Each officer's digital identity is stored on a smart card, which will allow the officers to authenticate their identity before accessing the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Crime Information Center criminal database from a mobile data terminal.

The smart cards also protect digital credentials used to encrypt local files, secure Web and e-mail sessions and regulate access to buildings.

On the desktop side, police department personnel will test security features enabled by a sophisticated public key infrastructure. The desktop security tool supports several flexible methods of file encryption that are easy-to-use and fully integrated into the operating system via Windows Explorer.

Desktop-protected folders will give users the ability to transparently encrypt files by moving them into a protected folder. The tool makes it simpler for officers to encrypt files on the mobile data terminal and securely transmit sensitive information to and from the terminal in a squad car.

The police department is contracting with RSA Security to test the security tools.

A View from Above

Florida International University beefed up its TerraFly database with a deal with IBM in February. TerraFly is a project of the university's High-Performance Database Research Center.

TerraFly, which debuted last November, is one of the largest publicly accessible databases on the Web. Users can visit the TerraFly Web site to see an overhead view of virtually any location in the United States based on images collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and other sources.

The university's goal is to make mapping data available for the entire world within five years, and university officials anticipate that TerraFly will ultimately manage more than 20 terabytes of data.

The university will also work with a diverse group of industries that want to use TerraFly, and officials estimate TerraFly will generate up to $1 billion in annual revenue for the university.

TerraFly's data-integration capacities will allow an industry to customize GIS data with graphic overlays that contain information specific to their industry. Realtors could overlay information about property values, neighborhood demographics and proximity of shops and schools, producing a comprehensive visual database tailored to the needs of their home-shopping clientele.

The university will run IBM's DB2 database software running on Linux to power the High Performance Database Research Center.