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Advances & Applications

Where do the good ideas come from? In this column, we offer our readers the opportunity to learn about — and benefit from — some of the cutting-edge technologies being implemented by law enforcement colleagues around the world.

Iowa and New York Agencies Serve as Beta Test Sites for L-Tron Image Scanner

L-Tron Corporation announces that its new 4810LR 2D Image Scanner has been beta tested by two agencies, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Kenmore, New York, Police Department. Designed specifically to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies, the 4810LR is the next-generation equivalent of the successful and popular 4710 2D Image Scanner.

The 4810LR has all of the features of the 4710 but with such enhancements as a more compact size, native USB support, active power management, and an integrated microphone-style mounting tab. Officers can use the 4810LR to scan PDF-417 and linear barcodes on driver’s licenses, autopopulate a driver’s information into an e-citation form, digitally capture a driver’s signature as proof of citation delivery, or take digital pictures of an accident scene, allowing for improved accuracy of the captured information and increased officer efficiency.

“The 4810LR is the device that a lot of people have been waiting for because of its small size and scanning speed,” said Dennis Kleen, executive officer, Iowa DOT. “Officers only have to scan a driver’s license once, and they can use the autopopulated information to issue multiple citations when necessary. In some cases, this can cut the time spent issuing citations in half.” Following successful testing, production units are now being deployed to law enforcement agencies in the state.

“Populating data fields in electronic citations via scanning and TraCS [Traffic and Criminal Software] saves time, provides more accurate and better-quality data, and can offer a higher level of credibility to the court system,” said Mary Jensen, Iowa DOT TraCS national program manager and Iowa state TraCS program manager.

One of the first departments in Erie County, New York, to utilize scanning technology in its patrol cars, the Kenmore Police Department, uses the 4810LR to scan the barcodes on driver’s licenses and registrations, as well as to take pictures of accident scenes.

“The rate at which the 4810LR reads barcodes is remarkable and nearly instantaneous,” said Kenmore officer Dave Lewandowski. “The feedback I’ve received from the officers using the scanner is phenomenal. It’s small, so it fits well in a patrol car that already has a good amount of equipment in it, the picture quality is superb, and it’s easy to use.”

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Richmond Implements Ordia Solutions for Incident Response and Routine Police Operations

Ordia Solutions, a provider of tactical command and control systems for first responders and their chain of command, announces the successful deployment by the Richmond, Virginia, Police Department (RPD) of Ordia Solutions’ next-generation Mobile Tactical Collaboration System (MTCS) and AdvanTraq GPS to enhance police operations. The system will be used for a variety of functions, including critical incident response, major events security, critical infrastructure protection, routine patrol operations, and weekly briefings on crime trends throughout the city.

In addition to supplying the collaborative command and control software and personnel GPS trackers, Ordia Solutions will provide the RPD with training, support, system customization, and additional services to integrate the MTCS with existing technologies, including Intergraph, computer-aided dispatch, and automatic vehicle location systems. “Knowing the real-time location of our officers in relation to an operation, incident site, support elements, and each other is of immense benefit to the chain of command and officer safety,” said David M. McCoy, RPD interim chief of police. “The Ordia Solutions technology has given the department a force-multiplier advantage during the planning and execution of a major incident response or routine police operation.”

Because the MTCS tactical command and control system is Web based and inherently interoperable, the RPD is leading an effort to bring other local, state, and federal law enforcement jurisdictions, as well as fire and emergency medical services in the Richmond area, to be part of a regional mutual-aid consortium using the MTCS for those public safety operations where a regional, all-hazards, coordinated, and timely response is essential.

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Johnson County Emergency Services Turns to NetMotion Wireless to Stabilize Mobile Communications

NetMotion Wireless, a leading provider of mobile productivity and management software, announces that Johnson County, Kansas, has deployed NetMotion’s Mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to support its law enforcement, ambulance, and firefighter professionals. NetMotion’s software, Mobility XE, boosts mobile productivity by maintaining and optimizing connections to applications as users move in and out of wireless coverage areas and across various networks.

Johnson County has deployed NetMotion’s Mobile VPN to 275 mobile workers, including countywide paramedics and 13 fire departments. Johnson County is responsible for over 500 square miles of coverage in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, including Overland Park and 19 other cities, with a population of 530,000. The county’s emergency workers utilize a combination of wide-area wireless and Wi-Fi networks for access to emergency information, fire inspection data, police reports, and other information critical to their duties.

“Our emergency operations rely on NetMotion’s Mobile VPN because of its ability to stabilize our entire wireless deployment for our highly mobile public safety professionals,” said Dwight Purtle, technical services manager, Johnson County Emergency Communications. “NetMotion’s software helps to secure our wireless communications across every network we utilize and to minimize the challenges that coverage gaps present.” ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 9, September 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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