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Advances & Applications

Command Center Vehicle

Hanford Police Department Acquires Command Center Vehicle from Mobile Specialty Vehicles

Mobile Specialty Vehicles of Jasper, Texas, is proud to announce the delivery of a 34-foot command center vehicle to the Hanford, California, Police Department. The command center was built on the Freightliner M2 chassis and is equipped with a rear conference room and a sixfoot glide room on the roadside. Four forward workstations, a bathroom, and a kitchenette make the command center highly functional over longer periods of time. The aluminmum/stainless steel cabinets are both durable and easy to maintain. The vehicle also contains a 20-kilowatt PowerTech diesel generator, a Pelco camera system, two liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions, and an electronic whiteboard. The Hanford command center vehicle also comes equipped with an electric-powered awning, a 34-foot Will-Burt pneumatic mast, and a 19-inch radio/computer rack with an exterior access door.
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NYPD Purchases Segway Personal Transporters

Segway Inc. today announced that the New York Police Department (NYPD) has purchased a fleet of 10 Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) it will deploy on patrols in city parks this summer. The use of the Segway i2 Police units will help the department increase patrol coverage in park environments, improve emergency response times by patrol officers, and reduce carbon emissions. The units are expected to be used for security patrols in Central Park, Coney Island, and other city parks and beaches. This is the first Segway PT purchase by the City of New York.

Worldwide, more than 400 police and security agencies now use Segway PTs to patrol downtown business districts, airports, parks and campuses, up from 150 a year ago. Much of the appeal of Segway PTs among patrol officers can be attributed to the unique performance characteristics of the machines:

  • Officers stand eight inches taller on a Segway PT.

  • The Segway PT allows an officer to move 2–3 times faster than walking speed.

  • Unlike gas-powered vehicles, the Segway PT can go indoors and out.

  • Segway PTs are self-balancing, even when standing still, and take up no more space than a human.

  • With the exception of battery recharging there is no regular maintenance required on the Segway PT.

The Segway i2 Police units purchased by the New York Police Department are the newest-generation models. The i2 model has a range of up to 24 miles, a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour, and a payload of 260 pounds. When the i2 is equipped with the police package it becomes an ideal solution for urban street patrols and community policing initiatives. The i2 Police includes a handlebar bag for gear, an accessory bar for lights and sirens, reflective police/security labels, comfort mats, an LED taillight, and cargo frames that double as lift handles.
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Alachua County, Florida, Signs Contract with TriTech Software Systems

TriTech Software Systems, a provider of integrated public safety software solutions, announced that it has signed a $1.95 million contract to upgrade the emergency communications systems for Alachua County, Florida, which will enable multiagency, multijurisdictional joint responses to emergency situations for the Gainesville Police Department, Gainesville Fire Rescue Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and the Alachua County Department of Fire/Rescue Services. The solution is composed of VisiCAD Command, a feature-rich, multiagency, multijurisdictional computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system; its integrated mapping module, VisiCAD GEO, which provides a geographic information system (GIS)–centered approach to dispatching and response; and VisiNet Mobile, a wireless PC-based mobile-fleet application that seamlessly extends CAD to in-vehicle computers. The highly configurable system will also provide seamless integration for a number of external systems, including the incumbent records management and field-based reporting applications.

Currently running on an older CAD system without any integrated mapping capabilities, the command center’s 40-plus workstations running VisiCAD Command and the 650 multiagency mobile units equipped with VisiNet Mobile will deploy a highly coordinated and interoperable environment. VisiCAD Command and VisiNet Mobile’s mapping display integrates with in-vehicle Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) and the mobile Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to poll latitude and longitude coordinates, which are used for live mapping display updates. The GIS integration and AVL functionality work seamlessly to assign resources through routing-based unit recommendations that use street networks to ensure fast and accurate unit routing and incident response times.
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From The Police Chief, vol. 74, no. 8, August 2007. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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