Coast Guard plans mobile access to law enforcement database – Defense Systems
Coast Guard plans mobile access to law enforcement database
The Coast Guard is seeking to give its law enforcement personnel access to its security and law enforcement database through mobile apps.
Modernizing the 20-year-old Maritime Security and Law Enforcement Information System (MISLE) for mobile use will help operators in the field be more efficient, said Vice Admiral Scott Buschman, Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Operations.
“We are looking at what the MISLE needs to be in the future”, Buschman testified October 20, at a Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation. “We’re also considering … taking pieces of MISLE and breaking them down into apps so they can use it on the go.”
MISLE, which includes parts that are accessible to the public, contains data on marine accidents, search and rescue cases, law enforcement activities, ship inspections and incidents involving pollution.
The Government Accountability Office found in a July 2020 report report that the MISLE system suffered from data errors, inconsistent entries and that the Coast Guard needed to “identify and analyze alternatives to select solutions that meet the needs of the mission”.
Buschman said the MISLE mobile apps allow operators, who often board or on ships, to enter data in the field instead of returning to the office to do it on a computer.
“So the folks on the ground boarding a ship, maybe it’s a commercial ship, and right now they have to go back to their office and maybe several hours to enter data on a computer, ”Buschman said. “We are trying to give people mobile apps so that they can be much, much more efficient.”
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