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Advances & Applications

Segway Vehicles
California Bomb Squad Uses Two-Wheel Vehicles at Hazmat Scenes
Segway announces that the 10-member bomb unit of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in California uses Segway Human Transporters, self-balancing two-wheel vehicles, to respond to explosive ordnance, WMD, and other hazmat scenes.

Before the agency bought the Segways, the only transportation that the team used was golf carts or utility vehicles. That equipment was difficult not only to transport but also to maneuver, and it required the operator to sit down.

“When we respond to a WMD, we have to set up a perimeter of at least 1,100 yards and then establish a decontamination zone of an additional 1,100 yards,” said bomb squad commander Captain Miguel Colon. “So that’s a long way to walk just to get to the device, and there’s no way you could do it in a bomb suit.

“For nearly a year we really put the Segway HTs through the mill,” said Colon. “We tested them in real-world conditions and even brought them to an indoor skateboard park and tested them going up and down and across the ramps, both with and without the bomb suit.”

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Arizona Sheriff's Office to Expand Use of Booking Software
ImageWare Systems Inc., a leading global developer of identification, biometric, and digital imaging software solutions, announces that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in Arizona will broaden its use of the company’s IWS Law Enforcement booking, identification, and investigation software at two new jails with a holding capacity of more than 2,000 inmates each.

“The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is a fully integrated law enforcement agency committed to being the leader in establishing the standards for providing professional quality law enforcement, detention, and support services to the citizens of Maricopa County and to other criminal justice agencies,” said Sergeant Artur W. Fay of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. “We look forward to advancing our relationship with ImageWare and expanding the use of IWS Law Enforcement in the new jails.”

MCSO currently uses IWS Law Enforcement to capture, store, and retrieve criminal mug shots and related data and images and then share this data with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) as part of the statewide automated fingerprint identification system (AZAFIS) and mug photo interface (MPI) subsystem.

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In-car Computers
Detroit Police Department Acquires Mobile Computers
Xplore Technologies announces that the Detroit Police Department is using the company's GeneSys Maximus Pro tablet computers to support its computer-aided dispatch, car-to-car messaging, LEIN checks, and mapping. Future uses of the computers will include preparing crime and crash reports and sharing information with other jurisdictions via the records management system.

The Detroit Police Department wanted in-car computers that could support its computing needs. It wanted to implement a records management system that would be accessible to officers in the field, a new computer-aided dispatch system, and a way to store video captured during scout car patrols.

“During the course of the evaluation period we looked at numerous mobile computing solutions including tablets, laptops and fixed terminals,” said Commander Andrea Jackson of the emergency communications division. “We talked to the police officers as well as the technicians. Officers were asked to give feedback on what system they felt they could best utilize in their environment. The technicians were asked which system they felt most comfortable servicing. Both of these key groups chose the Xplore GeneSys Maximus Pro tablet.”

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From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 10, October 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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