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Product Update

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

Tactical video system

Advanced Weapons Technology’s Forward Observer tactical video system allows tactical entry teams the ability to monitor situations and share wireless video information with up to eight team members simultaneously and to broadcast in real time to a master control command center. Each team member is equipped with a wireless video camera and a video wrist monitor capable of receiving the signal of any camera in the system. The Forward Observer operates in all light conditions, including total darkness, and can be mounted on a variety of poles, clamps, and other devices.

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Public safety officer practice tests

McCann Associates announces the release of practice tests for entry-level police officer, firefighter, and emergency medical technician candidates: Measured Success Police and Fire tests. All McCann practice exams are designed by test development experts. Candidates can take the practice exams on any computer with Internet access. McCann’s Measured Success testing platform provides instant, targeted scoring and identifies areas in need of improvement, including thought process, common sense, map reading, teamwork and compatibility, and mechanical aptitude. Measured Success is powered by artificial intelligence technology, designed to score tests with unparalleled accuracy.

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In-vehicle mobile computer

Mentor Engineering offers the Ranger, a rugged mobile computer with a fully integrated suite of options. The internal wireless modem supports both data and voice communications on GPRS and CDMA networks. The Ranger can accommodate hands-free voice calling and turn-by-turn driving prompts with integrated navigation. An internal 16-channel Global Positioning System receiver, magnetic stripe reader, Smart Card reader, and multiple inputs/outputs are engineered to provide a powerful mobile computing platform for a wide range of fleet management and telematic needs.

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Rapid notification technology

Movius Interactive Corporation announces a new, interactive mobile media application called Rapid Alert that enables wireless carriers to notify their subscriber bases quickly when an emergency event occurs. Developed in partnership with Velleros, Rapid Alert enables carriers to deliver information about severe and catastrophic events to customers based on user-defined delivery options including short message service (SMS), synthesized voice, and e-mail. The system can support National Weather Service and Pacific Tsunami Warning feeds for voice-based emergency warnings for tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and Amber alerts, among other types of alert.

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LED spotlight

FoxFury’s Sunbolt 6 is a spotlight with enough power to provide visibility for several miles. Six inches in diameter, this spotlight projects very little heat despite producing 11,000 lumens. The Sunbolt 6’s LED technology offers instant, full-power lighting when powered on, eliminating the need for a warming-up period. Subsequently, it requires no cool-down time when powered off. The Sunbolt 6 is designed to be weather- and waterproof, handling submersion of up to 16 feet (5 meters), enabling enhanced efficiency in water rescue and other aquatic applications.

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Evidence-tracking software

TEKLYNX International and Data Support, Inc., jointly announce Evidence Hound, an evidence-tracking software solution. Built on TEKLYNX Backtrack Asset and Inventory Tracking Software, the application is custom designed to document the law enforcement evidence chain of custody. Evidence Hound presents an easy-to-use, on-screen form to enter evidence information into the database. Several fields offer drop-down menus so that users can simply select the desired entry rather than type in the information—speeding the process and improving accuracy. The record can also include a photo of the item.

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Crash test data software

4N6XPRT Systems announces the 2008 update to the 4N6XPRT StifCalcs program. This program is designed to provide easy retrieval of the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test data necessary for accurate crush energy evaluation in vehicle collisions. The 4N6XPRT StifCalcs program displays data in both imperial and metric units; retrieves all tests applicable to a selected vehicle along with its “sisters” or “clones”; and automatically calculates stiffness values for vehicles based on NHTSA test data.

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Ammunition carriers

Safariland announces two new tactical munitions carriers. The new Model 4145 Munitions Butt Stock Caddy is designed for either three 37mm/40mm rounds or five 12-gauge rounds. Its heavy-duty elastic straps allow users to fit butt stocks of various sizes. The Model 4385 Munitions Belt is constructed of heavy-duty elastic and features Safariland’s 3X triple-locking buckle. It is designed to accommodate either twenty 40mm rounds or twenty-five 12-gauge rounds. The two-inch-wide belt is offered in one size and fits waists of 32 to 50 inches.

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Police motorcycle

Harley-Davidson announces the new Buell Ulysses Police XB12X, based on the versatile Buell Ulysses adventure sportbike. The Ulysses Police features long-travel suspension, generous ground clearance, and aggressive tires that are designed to allow it to tackle roads too rough or narrow for confident travel in an automobile or on a traditional police motorcycle. On smooth pavement, the Ulysses Police is an agile sport motorcycle. It can also accommodate a passenger. The Ulysses Police has an EPA fuel mileage rating of 51 mpg urban/64 mpg highway. ■

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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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