JBW Software is the personal web site of James B. Waddell
It was put together to help me design, test & distribute software that I’m working on.
It also serves as my support site for programs that I have in the various app stores.
I retired after 31 years in public safety. I started as a dispatcher and eventually oversaw the implementation and administration of the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system including it’s 9-1-1, NCIC and mobile data interfaces. The mobile data system started out as mobile data terminals (MDT) in 1991 which later became the more capable mobile data computers (MDC). I also developed numerous programs for my department including an early mobile field reporting system, alarm reporting, a web server based CAD data repository and system utilities to keep the local files on over 120 mobile computers updated. Along with a co-worker I designed & coded the department’s first web pages, starting way back in October 1995.
I also stayed busy with personal computer projects. To learn Windows programming I wrote a set of card games (Acey-duecy, Golf solitaire, Poker solitaire and Pyramid solitaire that I released as freeware in 1993. They were featured in Nautilus and theDisc! CD-ROM magazines in the mid-1990’s. A fire department battalion chief who was impressed with my work on CAD and the card games approached me in late 1996 about writing software to do incident comamnd. It would run on a laptop and be used by the fire department staff at the scene of an incident. This was a pretty wild idea in the mid-1990’s. Laptops were pretty expensive and fragile back then. The program had to be made very simple and robust.
When he laid out all the features it would need, I told him I would do it for $10,000. He said he couldn’t afford that so he proposed we go into business together. In April of 1997 we formed FieldSoft, Inc. I was President and Chief Technical Officer for the first 7 years. We really got a boost when our program FDonScene was used as a front end to feed the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) ENCOMPASS (Enhanced Consequence Management Planning and Support System) and BASIS (Biological Agent Symptom Identification System). We used the money from these federal projects to increase the multi-user capabilities of the program by adding a mobile data client interface and API (Application Programming Interface) that allowed other vendors products such as CAD systems, Grace Industries T-Pass accountability system and Motorola Fireground to interface and display firefighter status in real time.
A brain tumor put an end to my two careers at a time lifestyle, so I resigned as Chief technical Officer of Fieldsoft but continued working with the police department for another six years until I could retire. Old habits die hard and I needed something to occupy my time, so I started learning iOS and Android development. Some police officers who I used to work with asked me to develop a couple of programs for them to assist with investigations and management of SWAT teams. One of these eventually led to FieldNotes.