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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, visit us at, or circle the appropriate Reader Service Numbers on the Reader Response Card (adjacent to the index of advertisers in this issue), and fax or mail the postage-paid card today. Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufacturers and distributors; IACP endorsement is in no way implied.

Mobile computer

Mobile Computer
Xplore Technologies Corp. announces its new iX104C4 Tablet PC, nicknamed the “Wildcat 4.” The Wildcat 4 design implements sunlight readable display technology, dual-mode flexible user interface, redesigned antennae, new integrated wireless modules, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition/Vista Business compatibility. The Wildcat 4’s key features include a 1.2-GHz Intel Core Duo processor, brighter Dual Mode AllVue Xtreme display technology, an integrated RS232/422/485 serial port, improved reach with 802.11n Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz, and greater memory capacity. The iX104C4 was developed as a computing tool to address the difficult extremes of any situation.

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Side curtain airbag compatible system

Pro-gard Products, LLC, a manufacturer of law enforcement equipment, announces the A125 Side Curtain Airbag Compatible System. The laboratory-tested A125 system is designed to protect officers, flexing away from the side curtain airbags in police cars. This design is intended to ensure the safety and security of officers while transporting prisoners.

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Image categorization software

BlueBear LES announces the Law Against Child Exploitation (LACE) software suite, which is designed to enable investigators to categorize vast amounts of image data efficiently from online sources and confiscated computers, dramatically reducing the time required to bring a case to court. LACE Image Mark automatically detects, extracts, and matches faces in images and also matches images that have been cropped, rotated, and watermarked, as well as those where eyes and faces are covered. The LACE software suite is available for free evaluation by qualified police agencies.

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Wireless transmitter

Wireless transmitter
Setcom Corporation has significantly upgraded its Waterproof Liberator Wireless Transmitter. Law enforcement officers ride motorcycles in a variety of inclement conditions that often involve exposing their communications equipment to significant amounts of moisture. A significant amount of engineering resources were put behind making the handlebar transmitter enclosure and switch boot conform to the IP-X8 standard, which means that it can be held at a depth of 1 meter underwater for one hour without significant water incursion. In addition, the system now allows 1,024 simultaneous riders in close proximity without interference.

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Web-based scheduling system

Scheduline is a new Web-based scheduling system that is designed to revolutionize the way companies and organizations manage their time. Scheduline provides secure systems that are complete with communication and reporting features. These efficient and accurate systems are engineered to minimize the amount of time personnel spend organizing schedules. The Scheduline technical staff works with clients to provide comprehensive, high-tech solutions that ensure that their specific scheduling needs are met.

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Klein Electronics, Inc., introduces the new Shadow-Pro Enhanced Listen-Only Earpiece. This Public Safety Series earpiece is designed for optimal voice quality, for small size, and to be more concealable than other earpieces. The Shadow-Pro includes a clear acoustic tube and ear tip and has rugged cables as well as a clothing clip. Optional custom ear tips are also available.

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Graphics software announces the release of SmartDraw Legal Edition 2009, containing enhanced functionality and new features that help attorneys and law enforcement professionals create high-impact legal graphics such as timelines, crime scene diagrams, trial graphics, accident reconstruction, and flowcharts quickly. New features include new practice areas and applications, a new tactical planning category, seamless PowerPoint integration with built-in animation, new presentation effects, automatic mind maps and organization charts, realistic live maps with Google, and special explanatory “sticky notes” that appear only when the cursor scrolls over the object to which they are attached.

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Computer-aided dispatch system

InterAct Public Safety Systems unveils HerculesCAD, a next-generation computer-aided dispatch system. HerculesCAD was developed to meet the needs of a communications infrastructure that is quickly embracing wireless technology. The system is available as either a hosted or a software-as-a-service application or may be deployed as a premise-based system. Peer-to-peer configurations enable networked backup facilities and secure collaboration between agencies. Critical data from incoming calls for services via phone, SMS, VoIP, and e-mail, including images and video, can be transferred and shared quickly between agencies and jurisdictions over a secure network.

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Handheld computer

Handheld computer
Two Technologies introduces the Hydrus ultra-rugged handheld computer. With a battery capacity of 36 watt-hours, the Hydrus functions for over 40 hours, working overtime on various field applications. Protected against dust and water, it is engineered for outdoor use in extreme environments on both land and sea. The Hydrus also offers a 320 x 240 landscape QVGA display with integral touch screen as well as sunlight readability, both outdoors and indoors. The Hydrus uses the Microsoft Windows CE .NET 5.0 operating system and a Marvell PXA270 processor operating at 624 MHz.

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Mobile identity validation technology

CoreStreet announces enhancements to the PIVMAN suite of products, which provides rapid electronic authentication and validation for the emergency response community. Now available in its third version, the suite features expanded platform support and more functionality for the CoreStreet PIVMAN Client. The suite allows for the electronic validation of such forms of identification as the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Common Access Card (CAC); the First Responder Authentication Credential (FRAC), the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), and drivers’ licenses with American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)–compliant 2-D barcodes.

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Homing signal receiver

Homing signal receiver
ACR Electronics continues to finetune its highly efficient and popular Vecta Direction Finder by adding new unprecedented sensitivity and an LCD screen to better view and operate the system. The Vecta3 locates all distress beacons that have been activated due to an emergency, provided that they emit a 121.5-MHz homing signal. New with the Vecta3 is a –117 dBm sensitive receiver that heightens the device’s ability to detect weak signals at a maximum range, a characteristic that will enable search and rescue teams to locate distressed individuals faster. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 11, November 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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