Myth: Counties will have to spend thousands of dollars each year on increased Internet capacity to implement Odyssey.
False. JTAC pays for any additional Internet capacity necessary for Odyssey. The Odyssey case management system operates over either an Internet connection or a private network connection between the county and the Indiana Office of Technology. On average, Odyssey needs about 70 kbs of bandwidth per court. JTAC works closely with local I.T. departments (if they exist) to ensure that Odyssey functions adequately. These efforts are undertaken prior to the deployment of Odyssey. Most of the courts where Odyssey has been deployed to date have not required any additions or modifications to their Internet capacity in order to run Odyssey. In Monroe County, JTAC paid for an increase in capacity as part of the pilot roll out of Odyssey. A number of other counties have chosen to upgrade their Internet capacity for other reasons around the same time Odyssey was implemented.
And JTAC has partnered with the Auditor of State’s office to utilize their e911 network. The e911 network is a private (i.e. non-Internet), high-availability fiber optic network that serves county 911 call centers. In two cases, the e911 network was operating adjacent to or in close proximity to the courts. So, instead of Odyssey running over the Internet in those counties, JTAC utilized this network at JTAC’s expense. Today, Odyssey is in 50 courts in 18 counties, and these are the only two instances where additional costs arose.