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Provista Appraised at CMMI Level 2

Published on: August 26, 2013

Provista CMMI Level 2 CertifiedFremont, CA (August 14, 2013) – Provista Software International Inc. announced today that it has been appraised at Level 2 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). The appraisal was performed by William Pierce of

CMMI is a process improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.

An appraisal at maturity level 2 indicates the organization is performing at a “managed” level. At this level, projects have ensured that processes are planned and executed in accordance with policy; the projects employ skilled people who have adequate resources to produce controlled outputs; involve relevant stakeholders; are monitored, controlled, and reviewed; and are evaluated for adherence to their process descriptions.

Attainment of the Level 2 rating was the result of a two year Mentor-Protégé relationship with mentor IBM.  Reaching Level 2 required that Provista satisfy all of the CMMI model’s goals for a collection of process areas or set of process areas targeted for improvement.  As a result of the Level 2 rating, Provista is better positioned to support clients and partners with consistently high quality service and deliverables.

Protecting the Big Three: Cash, Drugs Guns – Part 3, Using Evidence Room Software

Published on: October 03, 2012

Automation with Evidence Room Software

Part 3: Evidence Room Automation


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In the contemporary evidence room, software is scaled to meet the department’s needs. “There are systems out there,” says Joseph Latta, Executive Director of the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. and CEO of Evidence Control Systems, Inc. of Burbank, Calif. “but many are ‘add-ons’ to record management systems, and these are not effective property and evidence tracking systems.

“A dedicated evidence management system is needed.”

Just as national databases of biometric and DNA evidence and offenders speed up connecting crimes with criminals, automated tracking facilitates command and control in the evidence room.

“It’s not just tracking what’s needed for current cases,” Svaren, an officer with the Lake Oswego, Oregon, police department evidence division, says, “storage room space is finite, and when evidence sits long past its destruction date, it’s costing the department money.”

Overfilled evidence rooms are unusable, unsafe, and may even create workplace hazards. A proper destruction schedule replaces the need to build, acquire, or rent additional storage space. Regular and planned evidence destruction has two benefits. First, clearing space in the evidence room makes space for new property storage. Second, when well-managed, it prevents crucial cold case evidence from being destroyed by mistake.

“Automated evidence and property systems must maintain the chain of custody for the evidence and ensure system integrity,” says the IAPE’s professional standards guide. When it comes to tracking the big three, the system must incorporate multiple levels of security to guard against record tampering and ensure a complete trace of the chain of custody from intake to destruction date.

The automation simplifies audits and spot checks. With extra levels of security and secure records, inventory spot checks are fast and accurate. There’s another property and evidence management tool that’s important as well. “Departments should be sending their supervisors to IAPE classes. Only then will they fully understand what problems the evidence custodians face,” suggests Svaren.

“Supervisors are often transferred to take over an evidence room without any kind of training or perspective,” Latta says. “Unless an evidence room is complete chaos, they don’t know what an efficient property and evidence room should look like or how the contents should be tracked.” Too often, the errors are learned when headlines scream that an audit reports missing one of the Big Three – cash, drugs, or guns.

Provista has assembled powerful tips to efficient, economic, and secure property and evidence management and is providing them to attendees in its free webinar, “Bullet Proof Evidence Management.” Attendees will learn about evidence room software and evidence tracking that has a history of success.

Click here for information on the webinar.

Webinar: Bulletproof Evidence Management Strategies

Published on: September 12, 2012

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IBM and Provista present:

Bulletproof Evidence Management Strategies




Presented by:


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Steve Taylor
Provista Senior Vice President of Government Solutions


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Nick Intintolo
IBM National Industry Specialist for Public Safety


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IBM Premier Business Partners


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Provista is an IBM Premier Business Partner. This partnership allows Provista to collaborate more effectively with IBM while reselling and implementing all IBM software solution for our clients.

Provista‘s Asset Management solution for Public Safety, PR*VIDE, is powered by IBM Maximo. IBM’s Maximo is the leading asset management solution and provides comprehensive support for your maintenance, asset and inventory management needs. Maximo provides an infrastructure to support, manage and track strategic assets within multiple industries such as Utilities, Oil & Gas, Life Sciences, Facilities, Transportation, and Information Technology.

Provista focuses on supplying upgrades, implementation, and integration services directly to our Public Safety clients within the Maximo community as well as in partnership with IBM, where we can function as either Prime or Subcontractor.