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Advances & Applications

Illinois Village Police Department Selects Spillman Software

Spillman Technologies announces that the Village of Northbrook Police Department in Cook County, Illinois, is preparing to implement a new software system from the company.

The new software is designed to offer the police department cutting-edge solutions for computer-aided dispatch, records management, and mobile communications.

According to Susan Denton, a programmer analyst for the department, Northbrook is a diverse community of approximately 35,000 that continues to grow. In addition, the area has a large retail and commercial business presence.

“As we grow as a community, the Spillman product will help the police department establish more accurate recording of police activities and crime patterns that will allow the department to better plan for the future and improve the delivery of police services to the community,” said Denton.

Two critical needs prompted the department to research software options and ultimately select Spillman.

“The Northbrook Police Department needed to better manage data and improve police response operations,” said Denton. “To that end, the department began an extensive review of available CAD/RMS systems and found that Spillman had an outstanding record of on-time, budget-conscience systems best suited for the department’s needs.”

The company’s client focus and 25-year history providing public safety software also contributed to their decision.

“Spillman deploys an excellent product with a proven track record,” said Denton. “However, the personnel behind the scenes in the development and service of the Spillman product make this a superior choice.”

The Village of Northbrook Police Department plans to launch its new system in March, and personnel look forward to the improved accuracy and efficiency it will afford.

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Tennessee County Chooses Digital Radio System from EADS

EADS Secure Networks North America (EADS) announces that Cumberland County, Tennessee, has selected EADS to deliver a new Project 25 (P25) IP-based digital trunked radio system for its public safety officers.

The Cumberland County Finance Committee announced the award following the recommendation of the county’s Technical Evaluation Committee and the county’s Emergency Services Committee. The new EADS P25 digital trunked system is designed to replace the county’s aging conventional analog system and is designed to support Cumberland County’s public safety agencies: sheriff, fire, rescue, communications, medical services, and emergency management.

“The unique terrain in Cumberland County represents a challenge for radio coverage, and, after reviewing all bids, it was clear that EADS proposed a comprehensive solution to meet the critical coverage requirements of our public safety officers and citizens,” said Brock Hill, mayor of Cumberland County. “We believe that the EADS proposal represents the best value to Cumberland County and will result in a public safety communications system with the reliability and expandability to improve local, regional, and statewide public safety radio interoperability.”

The EADS P25 system is designed to blend a distributed architecture with redundancy of key components to create a highly reliable, public safety–grade communications platform. The new Cumberland County system is engineered to provide network-level flexibility and interoperability with legacy systems to ensure that neighboring cities and counties will be able to communicate with Cumberland County as needed.

In addition to awarding the P25 Radio System to EADS, Cumberland County has agreed to participate in EADS’s Technology Development Program, whereby the county will share best practices from its selection and implementation of the P25 standard with the public safety and P25 communities around the United States.

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Connecticut Police Department Deploys “Police Car of the Future”

Itronix announces that the Glastonbury, Connecticut, Police Department has deployed a mobile computing solution in its 17 marked patrol cars that features components from Itronix and other companies. The system it replaced took up too much space in the cabin, interfered with vehicle safety devices, and required officers to look down to type.

Officer Robin Timmer of the Glastonbury Police Department described the older system installed in the patrol cars: “You couldn’t move around the car. Keys flew off the keyboard. When an officer turned in his seat he would knock a USB loose. Once an officer accidentally spilled milk on the laptop and fried the system.”

The older system simply was not built for use in vehicles. The new system is designed to improve officer safety by taking up less space in the cabin, by being compatible with air bags and other vehicle safety devices, and by including voice command.

The new solution includes the Itronix GoBook VR-1 trunk-mounted computer, cabled to a backlit, spill-resistant TG-3 keyboard and Bright Planar LX1200 touch screen display in the front of the patrol car on ergonomic Havis-Shields Stout Mounts.

The Glastonbury Police Department installed the Corecommand operational platform from 54WARD, which is designed to allow officers to use voice command, touch screen, and traditional control methods to operate the emergency lights and sirens, the radio, the radar, the video system, the GPS unit, the printers, and the computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system. The system uses software originally developed by the University of New Hampshire.

“The new computing system is easy to use . . . a definite improvement from what we had,” said Agent Jeff Hodder. “Before, we had to hunt and peck the same time we were trying to drive. This new system has greatly improved officer safety.” ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. 74, no. 2, February 2007. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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