Architectural patterns of U.S. public safety networks: A fuzzy set qualitative comparison analysis

Steve Sawyer, Robert Schrier, Jane Fedorowicz, Martin Dias, Christine Williams, Mike Tyworth

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Abstract

This paper contains analysis and some initial insights into the patterns of information technology (IT) architecture found in United States' public safety networks (PSNs). A PSN is understood to be an inter-organizational collaboration enabled by IT in support of the information sharing and interoperability needs of police and associated public safety organizations. We know the information systems designed and used by PSNs are often complex, expensive, and must support multiple public safety agencies. Improving our understanding of PSN IT architecture patterns could lead to improved designs and possibly improved performance of PSNs themselves. Data collected on 61 PSNs are analyzed using fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA). The fsQCA method is explained in detail for those unfamiliar with this technique. Results illuminate (1) functionally similar configuration patterns of IT architecture among PSNs and (2) multiple architectural patterns associated with PSN performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationdg.o 2012 - Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Digital Government Research Conference
Subtitle of host publicationBridging Research and Practice
Pages49-57
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012
Event13th Annual International Digital Government Research Conference: Bridging Research and Practice, dg.o 2012 - College Park, MD, United States
Duration: Jun 4 2012Jun 7 2012

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other13th Annual International Digital Government Research Conference: Bridging Research and Practice, dg.o 2012
CountryUnited States
CityCollege Park, MD
Period6/4/126/7/12

Keywords

  • fuzzy-set analysis
  • interorganizational information sharing systems
  • public safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Sawyer, S., Schrier, R., Fedorowicz, J., Dias, M., Williams, C., & Tyworth, M. (2012). Architectural patterns of U.S. public safety networks: A fuzzy set qualitative comparison analysis. In dg.o 2012 - Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Digital Government Research Conference: Bridging Research and Practice (pp. 49-57). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). https://doi.org/10.1145/2307729.2307738