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Product Update

July 2014 Product Update

The Police Chief keeps you on the cutting edge of law enforcement technology with monthly product announcements. Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufacturers and distributors; IACP endorsement is in no way implied.

Cloud-based crime analysis solution
Sharing and analyzing crime data in neighboring jurisdictions has long been a desire of law enforcement agencies. Historically, however, it has been only in the hands of a few organizations with big budgets to create large, expensive data sharing initiatives. PublicEngines seeks to change that by making the sharing of crime data available to every agency. A new capability in its industry-leading CommandCentral Analytics service allows nearby agencies to share data with each other. With it, agencies can visualize crime details, trends, and issues across neighboring, participating agencies. Because CommandCentral is a cloud-based application, its new Interjurisdictional Data Sharing module takes advantage of secure cloud-based data storage to easily aggregate the data from subscribing agencies so they can gain new insights not previously available. Once set up, the application automatically pulls the data daily from each agency’s RMS and CAD systems, cleans data errors, and publishes it for each agency to review. Current data visualizations and analyses are automatically updated with new data.

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Wandering prevention and emergency alert system

Project Lifesaver recently introduced the PAL (Protect And Locate) system. PAL is a new system for protecting and, if necessary, locating at-risk individuals. The PAL system enables customized protection solutions that best meet the specific needs of at-risk individuals and their caregivers. PAL helps agencies save money in terms of man hours and capital expenses. With PAL, agencies will not have to change bands and batteries, and caregivers will be able to help manage and monitor their loved ones’ wandering episodes. Agencies can also use it in community relations efforts. Have a hands-on PAL learning experience at the 2014 Project Lifesaver Annual Conference on August 11–14, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.

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Inflatable tower light
ProPac offers inflatable tower lights, ideal for emergency response, search and rescue, DUI checkpoints, and crime scenes. The lightweight towers are designed for one person to easily carry and set up in two minutes. They are powerful, delivering up to 110,000 lumens. The new LED model uses less power and runs cooler. They are available in four sizes, ranging from 7.5 to 14 feet in height. Manufactured in the United States by the same skilled craftspeople that build airships and balloons for the U.S. military, the lights’ features include a quiet internal fan that inflates the tower in 20 seconds, and metal halide lamps with high-quality digital ballasts to reduce heat and weight. The lights use an inverter to power from a vehicle.

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Labeling solution
The K-Sun PEARLabel 400iXL General Labeling Solution pairs the new PEARLabel 400iXL Energy-Star certified, wide-format thermal transfer printer with powerful K-Sun MaxiLabel Pro Ver 5.0 General Labeling Software for wire, cable and electrical identification. It is designed for electrical, IT, datacom, wire or cable, and facility professionals who need to make custom and compliant communication in-house and on demand. It can print on one-inch and two-inch heat shrink tube; one-, two-, and four-inch wide all-weather labels; and markers up to 90 inches long, plus die-cut label supplies. The software makes labels fast and easy, including bar codes/DM/QR, GHS symbols, alphanumeric and bar code sequencing, and more than 1,000 symbols. Features include a drop-down font view menu, date and time stamp, auto reverse type and toolbar shortcuts for patch panel, heat shrink tube, and equipment and asset management. A borderless printing feature allows the creation of tiled signs, tags, and labels up to 16 inches high. A print-paste and multiply function makes larger labels in sections or in different colors. The ribbon-repeat function can automatically repeat symbols and words for barricade-style tape.

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Cloud-based software
Electronic data are extremely useful in solving and preventing crime, yet getting answers from policing data is often time-consuming and inefficient. To help solve this problem, Numerica created Lumen, a high-performance, easy-to-use tool that brings together millions of records, including imagery and unstructured text, from multiple data sources in one unified portal. This collected data can be used to power investigations, identify crime patterns, and support staffing decisions. Lumen is used by command staff, investigators, patrol officers, analysts, and others to quickly find actionable information where and when they need it. Police leaders looking to make better use of current resources have begun to integrate Lumen across departments.

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Conditional sensor messaging

It is now possible to capture and display external device sensor or network data into messages on All Traffic Solutions’ variable message signs. In addition to the vehicle speed data from a built-in sensor, the information can now include digital inputs, analog inputs, or serial strings. The data can be incorporated in any position within a message on the variable message sign, and a rules engine can display a specific message based upon the input value. There can be up to five different messages based upon sensor data values. The user simply sets up threshold value ranges that determine the message to display. This capability is available on All Traffic Solutions’ updated SmartApps released in spring 2014.

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Handheld siren
Carson Sirens introduces the SC-411 Elite Force handheld controller, featuring QuickClone duplication technology, which makes the programmed settings transferable from one unit to another without the need of a computer, making this ideal for fleet installations. New blue LED backlighting, along with a custom cradle for mounting, is included. Select between the handheld dual-tone model, requiring two speakers or the 100/200-watt singletone handheld controller. The rugged, splash-resistant face protects internal circuitry from liquids. The SC-411 series has incorporated all emergency lighting and arrow stick control, including gun lock timer as well as video camera system control. Three primary control buttons act as a slide switch with the same functionality.

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Token-less authentication solution
SyferLock Technology Corporation announces that the latest release of its GridGuard two-factor and multi-factor authentication solutions now offers the ability for users to securely reset their passwords on a self-service basis. This innovation will help to further minimize help desk calls, resulting in even lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for SyferLock’s token-less authentication solutions. These solutions deliver two-factor and multi-factor authentication utilizing patented software-based grids to convert static passwords or PINs into secure, onetime passwords or PINs (OTPs).

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Console interface
Catalyst Communications Technologies announces a console subsystem open digital mobile radio (DMR) interface using the application interface specification (AIS) developed by members of the DMR Association for Tier III trunked radio systems. The AIS solution offers high-level functionality and enhanced features to DMR users of various manufacturers’ radio systems that comply with the standard. The IP|AIS Gateway software solution supports digital audio and user control to the Tier III DMR radio system through a single Ethernet interface. Sophisticated dispatch user control and communication is realized through an intuitive Windows-based graphical user interface.

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Scheduling and workforce management systems branding consolidation
Aladtec, Inc., the company behind the popular online employee scheduling and workforce management systems, EMS Manager, FIRE Manager, and Zanager, is rebranding and consolidating these products to simply Aladtec. In addition to a different product logo, users will also notice a new, more modern interface on both the Aladtec desktop application and the mobile version. The change allows the company to operate more efficiently by focusing efforts on one brand instead of three. The company also launched a newly redesigned website consistent with the rebranding. The previous individual product websites,,, and now redirect to where visitors can try a free demo and explore the benefits of the Aladtec system. ♦

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXXI, no. 7, July 2014. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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