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SAFE-T Products Available to First Responders

Columbia, Md.—Raptor Detection Technologies, announced that its line of “Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology” (SAFE-T) products, currently being used by military organizations, are now available to law enforcement, security and first responders. The Raptor technology’s ability to accurately assess a potential threat during a time critical situation meets a much needed requirement. Every officer can become a highly effective mobile explosive detector without the need for an expensive machine. The products offer “anywhere, at any time” detection capability.

Raptor’s SAFE-T products are based on a patented nanotechnology called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs). MIPs are capable of selectively sensing microscopic amounts of explosives or other molecules that are dangerous for humans and the environment, such as toxins, chemical agents, biological agents, pesticides, poisons, and explosives.

Initially developed at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Raptor’s SAFE T MIPs produce a dramatic color change reaction that is visible with the naked eye when they detect target molecules, such as dangerous materials used in terrorist attacks. If a trace amount of explosive material is present on a person’s skin, or finger, for example, it may capture a visible, colorful fingerprint when it touches MIP material. This color change is visibly detectable at the time of exposure. Already in use by the US Army and other military organizations, Raptor’s SAFE T MIPs are now available to law enforcement, security and first responders.

SAFE-T products can be purchased in various forms, including SAFE-T SPRAY and SAFE-T WIPES. A Trace Collection Wipe is also available that is used in conjunction with SAFE-T SPRAY. Kits are available and are configured to meet the specific requirement of the customer.

Motorola Solutions to aid City of Atlanta’s Police Department

Schaumburg, Ill.—Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) announced a contract to integrate the City of Atlanta’s disparate public and private surveillance camera systems into one common operational environment in the Video Integration Center (VIC). Motorola’s Global Services organization leads a team including ADT Commercial Security, a Tyco International company and CIBER Inc. to provide a comprehensive solution for the city.

Motorola and ADT Commercial Security have completed the implementation of the first phase of the project by upgrading the city’s existing cameras from analog to digital, and from leased line to wireless backhaul. ADT Government Services Division managed the installation of the wireless network and pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras in the downtown Atlanta Metro area.

For the next phase of the project, Motorola Global Services is integrating CIBER’s advanced Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution. CIBERSecure will combine current and planned video camera systems in the city’s downtown and mid-town areas into a single Command and Control display at Atlanta’s E911 VIC. In addition, Motorola will architect and integrate the solution to provide scalability to realize the city’s vision for public-private partnerships.

With the completion of the project, the Atlanta Police Department will have the ability to observe incidents as they happen, identify suspicious activity and perpetrators and deploy law enforcement personnel more efficiently. Also, the system will give the Atlanta Police Department the capability to integrate public and private video systems, video with computer aided dispatch (CAD), into an integrated suite of emergency dispatch applications that allow call takers and dispatchers to manage incident information more efficiently.

Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit Installs Redact-It

Scottsdale, Ariz.—Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), a leader in viewing, redaction and publishing technology, announced that the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit selected Redact-It electronic redaction software to redact police reports. Redact-It allows the Detroit Homicide officers to quickly search for privacy information in electronic police reports and completely remove that data before sharing the documents with outside parties like the media.

Before discovering Redact-It, the Detroit Homicide Unit had been redacting documents by hand with black wax pencils. Officers manually crossed out citizen’s personal information from police reports, such as Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, phone numbers and dates of birth, then made a copy of the marked up document. This approach was time-consuming, tedious and not always accurate. Redact-It is a more efficient, reliable and secure way to do redaction Homicide Investigator Dwight Pearson, who oversees special projects within the unit, says, “In the Homicide unit, people’s lives and reputations are often at stake, so there is no room for error in handling sensitive information. Redact-It software has completely modernized and streamlined the redaction process within our department. We are not only saving time but are also serving the needs of Detroit citizens who trust us to protect them, and conduct our work quickly and diligently. I would highly recommend Redact-It to any law enforcement agency seeking a better way to redact.”

Published in Law and Order, Jan 2012

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