Though in vogue for a long time seamless integration is most areas is conspicuous by its absence. Even if it happens it is purely technical. The seamless integration of domain, technology & vision in a tangible technological blueprint and its execution still remains one of its kind challenges both for technologists & domain practitioners.
Most of integrations at single locations remains by way physical aggregation at one location, or at best an add on dashboard giving some important data. The integration of different strands of data HR, financial, penal, breakdowns has not been put into any great business logic to date. There are banks after banks where the databases don’t talk to each other, in most of the cases defying business logic.
In the Command & Control Center sector, silo level perfect integration itself is a challenge. The network of the police response vehicles, use of gps, imagery, locational & other data and inputs in a perfect manner is still to be formalised in a standard technical document, which can be used even for a new creation in a jiffy. These are what standards are all about.
If we add the other essentials for an integrated command & control support, that would be extremely demanding both on the technologists & domain practitioners. Besides fire tenders & ambulances being added on to it, the complexity can be imagined if were to be an intelligent management mechanism with city based video surveillance, disaster, TETRA, social media, citizen centric services and data center inputs emanating out of the Police ERP.
Seamless integration can become a domain in itself, way beyond the current breed of system integrators for them system means only the machine & not the domain. There are too many gaps to be plugged, of which first is to gain expertise, besides the wares. System integrators have outsourced magicians, needing a Sutradhar taskmaster.
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