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Tucson Police use Panasonic Toughbook U1

The Tucson Police Department has equipped their motorcycle officers with fully rugged Panasonic Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs). The department selected the MIL-STD-810G certified and IP65-rated Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile PC, with a 5.6-inch sunlight-viewable touchscreen to help them more effectively issue e-tickets and perform other tasks in all types of weather conditions.

Integrated with Gobi2000™ mobile broadband technology, the Toughbook U1 is the first ultra mobile PC to integrate the portability of a handheld computer, the benefits of a full-function Windows® operating system, and the durability required for enterprise applications. The UMPC has a fanless all-weather design to reduce noise and weight, twin hot-swappable batteries to prevent battery failure disruption and a magnesium alloy chassis to deliver protection from bumps and drops of up to six feet.

Tiburon joins Intrado A9-1-1™ Alliance Member Program

Tiburon, Inc. announced its membership in the Intrado A9-1-1™ (A9-1-1) Alliance Member Program to deliver next-generation Advanced 9-1-1 integration and a software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud computing model for CAD/mobile.

The result of a multi-year, multi-million dollar research and development investment, Intrado has developed A9-1-1 with a vision of advancing the current 9-1-1 system to offer more effective ways of delivering expanded critical data that can assist in deployment of first responders and save more lives in the communities they serve. The alliance between Tiburon and Intrado brings this vision to fruition by delivering voice communications as well as text, multimedia and hosted data applications to agencies and their emergency responders.

Tiburon and Intrado will integrate the computer-aided dispatch system (CAD) and the A9-1-1 voice and data services through established industry standards. These standards enable the transition from today’s legacy telecommunications systems to IP-based NextGen (NG) 9-1-1 services in the U.S.

Verizon Wireless demos 4G LTE network

Verizon Wireless demoed its 4G Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) network, set to launch in 38 U.S. markets this year, during the International Association Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. Verizon also showcased several smartphones ideal for first responders, including its highly acclaimed Pocket Cop application, its Casio G’zOne Brigade, recently awarded a GCN “reviewer’s choice”, and other innovative and application-rich product lines from Samsung, Motorola, BlackBerry and HTC.

During its Innovation in Technology 4G LTE Session, Verizon demoed how its ultra-fast wireless 4G LTE network gives first responders immediate access to important, large data files from the field (video, mapping and GPS applications, etc.).

Verizon also demoed how its national Crisis Response Teams help public safety, emergency management teams and government agencies stay connected to each other during a crisis.

Rockwell Collins introduces iForce™ for increased situational awareness

Rockwell Collins introduced its iForce™ integrated public safety vehicle solution for law enforcement vehicles at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in Orlando. Initial customers for the system include the California Highway Patrol and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Rockwell Collins iForce design integrates radio, electronics and computer functions into a single user-friendly system that answers an officer’s on-scene needs for communication, control and security while enhancing situational awareness. The design leverages the company’s expertise in providing ruggedized, highly reliable integrated electronics and communications solutions for military vehicles and aircraft.

To date, Rockwell Collins has delivered more than 3,000 iForce systems to customers in North America. The iForce system features a 13.3-inch touch screen display, voice activation and hand controller that allows control of multiple systems such as radios, sirens, public address, gunlocks and radar. At the heart of the system is the Rockwell Collins computing module, an integrated vehicle computer and information management system that can be stowed in a trunk space-saving rollout drawer, providing officers integrated real-time communications, electronics and computing in a cost, space and weight efficient package. The integrated solution also provides a P25 radio vehicle repeater system to repeat communications from the officer’s handheld radio through the vehicle’s radios when the officer is outside the vehicle.

WatchGuard Video introduces high-definition server-based in-car video system

WatchGuard Video introduced the 4RE™ Four Resolution Encoding high-definition server-based in-car video system. Features include: True 720p High Definition; 3.5X better resolution using the same amount of server space; Advanced, High-Speed Wireless Transfer; Robust, automotive grade hardware; Solid-State, Secured USB Flash Drive; Rapid transfer option using universally accepted USB technology; Multiple H.264 Recording Resolutions (Patent Pending).

To maximize server space, video is recorded in multiple resolutions: important events in high definition and routine events in standard resolution. Dual Drive Redundancy (USB Flash Drive + Hard Drive) is another feature of 4RE. Video is redundantly recorded onto two separate media providing backup protection and security so evidence is never lost. Backup video is retained on the internal hard drive until file transfers are confirmed. Use the removable USB drive for rapid transfers without ever risking loss of evidence.

Record-After-the-Fact™ allows continuous recording to the hard drive provides the ability to go back in time and capture video. In addition, the Video Overflow Protection continues to record.

Sypherlink NIE Gateway and NIEM standard embraced

Sypherlink, Inc. announced an industry collaboration, “NIEM Saves Lives,” focused on speeding the implementation of nationwide information sharing in support of programs such as the FBI’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx) Initiative. Partners supporting the collaborative approach include leading justice and public safety application vendors Enforsys, New Dawn Technologies, Tiburon and Xpediter Technology.

According to Sypherlink CEO James Paat, the collaboration partners—all leaders in their respective applications for capturing and managing justice and public safety records (such as law enforcement, court and prosecution data)—have embraced Sypherlink’s National Information Exchange Gateway as a NIEM-based data sharing platform for enabling: NIEM-compliant access to leading justice and public safety information sources; Faster data sharing program adoption; and Integration with existing and future user applications.

National Research Council releases biometrics report

The National Research Council released a 183-page report titled, “Biometric Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities” that was headed by HP Labs’ distinguished technologist Joseph Plato.

The report also discusses Federal agencies such as the FBI and Department of Homeland Security funding research in improved biometric screening. However, the report cautions they’re not doing basic research into whether the physical characteristics involved are truly reliable or how they change with aging, disease, stress or other factors. Deployment of biometric screening devices at airports, borders or elsewhere without understanding the biology or the population being screened will lead to long lines, false positives and missed opportunities to catch criminals or terrorists, the report says, and calls for open and independent testing of biometric screening technologies before they are placed into widespread use.

Kenwood introduces remote surveillance system

Kenwood USA Corp., Communications Sector, announced a wireless site-surveillance solution built on the digital NEXEDGE® radio platform for transmitting still images in combination with the new KVT-11 Image Encoder and KAS-11 Image Viewer. The system is designed to transmit images from video cameras in remote sites for easy and economical monitoring. The Wireless Surveillance Solution can be used by law enforcement, government and private industry to observe areas prone to flooding or rock slides, construction sites, dams and national parks.

Where wired solutions are not feasible, wireless communications provided by the NEXEDGE radios is cost-effective. A video camera mounted at the site sends still images through the KVT-11 Image Encoder to the NEXEDGE NX-700/800 digital mobile radios and base station. The base station receiving the image then displays it via the KAS-11 Image Viewer Software on a PC. Images can be sent at predetermined intervals or manually on demand. The operator can also control image transmission by remote control.

This system was developed jointly by Kenwood and JVC to integrate JVC still image processing technologies, which employ the MPEG-4AVC/H.264 codec standard for high compression efficiency and picture quality, with Kenwood narrowband digital radio technologies.

Bar code scanning solution reduces ticket dismissal rate

L-Tron Corporation, headquartered in Pittsford, N.Y., has developed and implemented a scanning solution for Kentucky police offices that has helped reduce the number of ticket dismissals by as much as 10 percent. The officers are using the 4810 License Reader to quickly and accurately collect data during traffic violation stops. Bar code data from driver’s licenses are input directly into the e-citation and e-crash software program called KYOPS (Kentucky State Open Portal Solution).

Accurate input of data reduces ticket dismissal rates due to illegibility and data entry error. One recent study indicated up to 10 percent dismissal rate for some precincts resulting in an increase in revenue. In addition, automatic input of data into the system reduces administrative work and time getting the police officer back on patrol faster.

The 4810 License Reader is a rugged portable scanning and imaging solution suitable for large and small precincts and developed specifically with the needs of patrol cars in mind. Offered and created by L-Tron Corporation along with Honeywell Corporation, leading providers of law enforcement IT solutions, the system has been installed in over 20,000 patrol cars nationwide. The 4810 comes equipped with a microphone-style mounting bracket.

Eyelation’s technology transforms prescription safety eyewear industry

For the first time in the prescription safety eyewear industry, a new eye safety program will simply and effectively allow companies to provide prescription safety glasses to every employee on every shift at every location. Through its revolutionary web-based technology and patent-pending process, Eyelation will change the way companies manage their safety programs.

With 90 percent of occupational eye injuries preventable with proper eye and face protection, Eyelation’s ability to ensure a proper fit through its exclusive patent-pending process helps employees see better and improves their performance and comfort. With fewer eye injuries come less medical expenses, workers’ compensation and lost production time—all of which currently cost companies more than $300 million. Add easier OSHA compliance and program implementation to those benefits and Eyelation can bring significant savings and ease to companies’ eye safety programs.

Oklahoma County (OK) Sheriff’s Office deploys BIO-key solution

BIO-key International announced that the Oklahoma County (OK) Sheriff’s Office successfully deployed FBI-compliant advanced authentication solution for law enforcement mobile data system users statewide, based on BIO-key’s secure fingerprint authentication. This solution complies with new federal security requirements for advanced user authentication from in-vehicle laptops accessing FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) databases, while streamlining the log on process for busy patrol officers and other users. More than 400 fingerprint scanners have been installed in Oklahoma State Highway Patrol vehicles and in patrol cars in Tulsa County and Oklahoma County. Upon completion of this deployment, 800 police vehicles will be equipped statewide.

University of Colorado Denver unveils Masters program in Media Forensics

Ocean Systems, a leading provider of forensic video, image and audio enhancement solutions, announced National Center for Media Forensics (NCMF) at The University of Colorado Denver is acquiring one of its complete-turnkey dTective® Forensic Video, Image and Audio Analysis Systems with 10 additional copies of ClearID® forensic image clarification software as key components of the new NCMF Classroom Lab. These components in the NCMF lab will be utilized in launching a first of its kind Masters degree program established to educate the next generation of forensic media experts.

Students graduating from the NCMF Masters program will find careers in academic research and education, research for corporate development, law enforcement as well as private practice.

Hughes selected as provider by GSA and DISA

Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced it has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to provide commercial satellite communications under new Schedule Item Numbers (SINs) created by the GSA and Defense Intelligence Systems Agency’s (DISA) Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) program. The award—only the third since the inception of the new program offering was created—modifies Hughes’ existing GSA Schedule 70 contract to include SINs for subscription services and transponded capacity.

Under the terms of the contract, Hughes may provide the following network services: Subscription services to federal, state, and local government agencies within the continental United States, which provide satellite-based Internet, voice, data, and video services; emergency response/disaster recovery voice and data networks; connectivity to the Internet via satellite services are delivered through portable satellite IP modems; and other pre-existing, pre-engineered fixed/mobile/hybrid satellite services.

Transponded capacity (SIN 132-54) to government agencies to include owning/operating or reselling dedicated bandwidth and power on a communications satellite in COMSATCOM frequency bands such as C-, Ku, and Ka; basic customer training, and core management and control of the transponded capacity.

C4i products acknowledged internationally

C4i received a Technical Achievement award from the Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) during their annual meeting in Arizona. The award acknowledges the unique and world first implementation of a nationally networked airport Fire Control Centre command and control systems. Using C4i’s IP-based product, the Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) service within Airservices Australia is able to use this network-based technology to remotely monitor and control alarms and communications of any airport fire station from any other station within the nation. This application provides a seamless integration of airport fire station communications, including telephony, radio, aviation emergency response hotlines, and integrated building and alarm control and monitoring systems.

C4i SwitchplusIP-based systems are already operating in multiple airports in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. The Switchplus Alarmon system provides a model for other Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting services around the globe looking to streamline their emergency response times and procedures through the use of technology. The integration of existing disparate airport systems combined with the networking of geographically remote locations will enable users to provide inter site assistance in times of crisis via the networked operator positions.

Published in Public Safety IT, Nov/Dec 2010

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