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Many Agencies onboard with Smith & Wesson

Springfield, Ma.—Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. announced it has received contracts from the Massachusetts State Police and the Vermont State Police for new duty firearms from the M&P Pistol Series. The Massachusetts State Police selected the M&P45 pistol, while the Vermont State Police has adopted the M&P40 pistol as its new service firearm.

During the agency’s independent testing and evaluation process, the M&P45 was judged against the department’s previously standard sidearm, as well as numerous other competitive products. At the conclusion of the trial, the M&P45 was selected due to its ergonomic design, accuracy, reliability, and the pistol’s ability to be customized to meet individual preferences.

Also, earlier this year the West Virginia State Police and the Wyoming Highway Patrol recently chose to upgrade their current department-issued side arms with new pistols from Smith & Wesson. The West Virginia State Police selected the Smith & Wesson Model 4566 TSW pistol and has received 750 pistols chambered in .45 ACP. The Wyoming Highway Patrol selected the Smith & Wesson M&P40 pistol and is currently in the process of transitioning its officers over to the new duty firearm.

In addition, the Austin Police Department and the San Antonio Police Officers Association awarded firearm contracts to Smith & Wesson. Both organizations converted to firearms from the Smith & Wesson Military & Police (M&P) Series.

City of Calgary replaces transit surveillance system

Montreal, Canada—Genetec, a pioneer in the physical security industry and a provider of unified IP security solutions, is proud to announce that Calgary Transit, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has installed Genetec’s Omnicast video surveillance system on its popular, highly-used light rail transit (LRT) system. Omnicast was installed as a stand-alone IP video surveillance system within the Security Center, Genetec’s unified security platform, and helps to ensure the safety of Calgary Transit’s 270,000 daily (weekday) LRT customers.

Calgary Transit selected Contava, a Genetec Unified Elite Integrator, to manage and supervise the design, deployment, and configuration of a new video surveillance system to replace the existing platform. David Sime, Director of Operations at Contava, suggested Omnicast. By selecting an IP-based platform, Calgary Transit has been able to establish a robust IP network onto which additional technologies can rely in the future.

The new system is comprised of 471 Panasonic megapixel NW502 IP cameras in addition to 23 Panasonic NW964 PTZ (pan tilt zoom) IP cameras. It is managed by Dell servers with distributed archiving throughout Calgary’s 38 LRT stations and centralized redundant archiving at the City Hall data center. Operators can monitor the security system at each station and video can be remotely viewed at the central location.

The Omnicast system replaces Calgary Transit’s old system of analog cameras, which transmitted, recorded and switched analog video. Transitioning to the Genetec platform provides Calgary Transit with an interactive system, and many additional possibilities.

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security teams up with Motorola 

Nashville—The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tract Trott today announced an agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc., to begin implementing the first phase of a statewide radio system that will enhance the efficiency, safety and service of troopers across the state. The department secured $39.2 million dollars from the Tennessee General Assembly for phase I of the project, which will be utilized for radio upgrades in the THP Chattanooga, Fall Branch and Knoxville districts.

“We look forward to working with Motorola in replacing our aging and outdated radio system,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “The implementation of this advanced, statewide interoperable communication system is a top priority in securing our state. It will ensure better communications among public safety agencies in Tennessee and with agencies in surrounding states.” Replacing a structure more than 30 years old, the new radio system will provide commonality between THP’s system and the bordering states of Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. It will also offer new safety enhancements for State Troopers, such as Emergency Man-Down notification and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) capabilities, along with improved coverage and the latest in interoperable radio capabilities.

Published in Law and Order, Dec 2011

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