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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 online, 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.

Tactical robot

QinetiQ North America announces that its subsidiary, Foster-Miller, is offering a Talon Responder robot designed specifically for public safety, fire, and rescue organizations. The robot includes a disruptor-ready manipulator arm, wrist, and gripper that provide combined lifting, dragging, towing, and grabbing capabilities. Three infrared illuminated color cameras, including a pan/tilt mast with color zoom camera, complete the robot’s standard configuration. A laptop controller with game pad controls allows operation of the robot from a safe distance—up to 500 to 1,200 meters (1,600 to 4,000 feet)—depending on the radio option selected.

For more information, click here, and enter number 45.

Uniform boots

Thorogood’s VGS Tactical Uniform Boots make use of a state-of-the-art Visible Gel System (VGS) cushion to enhance a lightweight footwear series. The visible gel heel unit provides comfort by absorbing shock and reducing repetitive impact stress where needed most—in the heel, protecting the foot and transmitting less stress to the knees and hips. Designed never to lose cushioning power, it will not deflate like airbag units. Adding to the comfort of this footwear is a Motion Sensor two-density, memory foam–covered, removable footbed that cradles the entire foot.

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License plate recognition system

Genetec announces the release of AutoVu 4.3, the newest version of its Internet protocol license plate recognition solution. To improve operational efficiency, AutoVu 4.3 offers new features and functionalities such as real-time alarming and e-mail notification; color, sound, and priority assignment to hotlists; covert hit notification; wildcard hotlists; permit sharing; and long-term overtime. AutoVu’s real-time alarming and e-mail notification quickly inform assigned recipients of matched license plates, known as hits. AutoVu also allows users to assign different priorities to hotlists. Each priority can be configured with a different color and alarm tone.

For more information, click here, and enter number 47.

LED vehicle light

Adamson Industries Corp. introduces the Vertex Super-LED by Whelen. This single, self-contained hemispheric light, only 7/ 8 inch in height, is perfect for most applications where size and intensity are critically important. The Vertex’s aluminum base and advanced thermal heat management system are designed for years of trouble-free service, requiring only a one-inch hole in any composite-style headlight, cornering light, or taillight assembly. Lamp and in-line driver are fully encapsulated for moisture and vibration resistance, which also allows for outside surface mounting anywhere on a vehicle. Omnidirectional lightheads mount in any orientation, vertically or horizontally.

For more information, click here, and enter number 48.

Mobile digital video system

Digital Ally announces the DV-500 Ultra video system, which will allow police officers and security personnel that patrol on motorcycles, boats, and other mobile units to have digital video capabilities similar to those provided by the DVM-500 In-Car Video System. The DV-500 Ultra features a small, durable design with multiple mounting options; weatherproof controls; a monitor and a camera; rugged and durable solid-state memory for recording video and audio; integrated Global Positioning System technology with “Mark” feature; up to 60 seconds of pre-event recording; and a wireless microphone.

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Reflective paddle sign

Paddle signs designed to have twice the standard reflectivity of standard engineer-grade paddle signs are being offered by American Safety Vest. These highly reflective paddle signs are particularly visible in nighttime and low-light conditions. Because of their special prismatic construction, the signs bounce light in many directions, so the light bounces back at its source in addition to reflecting across a wide field of vision. Prisms are oriented in rows deflecting at different angles, further enhancing reflectivity. They are made with retroreflective 3M film.

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Electromagnetic disruption technology tether

Hammerhead Industries introduces its all-new Gear Keeper Retractable Stun Gun Tether—a retracting system designed specifically to prevent the loss and protect the security of the electromagnetic disruption technology (EDT) carried by law enforcement professionals. The tether features 24 ounces of retraction strength, allowing the EDT to be quickly drawn into aiming position when needed. The sturdy line features a nylon braid with a Kevlar core, delivering 80 pounds of breaking strength. For convenient use on the job, this new model offers a full 32 inches of extension.

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Speed trailer

The SMART 800+ is the newest addition to Kustom Signals’ line of portable, selfcontained speed trailers. Featuring an 18-inch full-matrix LED display with a speed limit sign, the SMART 800+ provides maximum visibility up to 1,250 feet. Adding to the effectiveness of the trailer are such features as a “Slow Down” violator alert, a red/blue lightbar violator alert, a statistics data computer, a changeable speed limit sign, traffic management arrows, and a single-cycle on/off timer. A Kustom Signals’ DRU III directional radar unit is integrated into the sign, protected from the weather.

For more information, click here, and enter number 52.

Firearm lubrication kit

Sentry Solutions, Ltd., has combined the essentials in oil-free lubrication for firearms and sporting equipment in one convenient and affordable kit. Sentry Solutions’ Armorer’s Kit contains Smooth-Kote, BP2000 Powder, Hi-Slip Grease, and Tuf-Cloth to treat 30 or more firearms or loads of sporting gear, plus applicators, gloves, and instructions. The Armorer’s Kit provides users with the latest in dry lubrication technology that enhances ballistic performance of firearms as it cleans and protects. Products in the kit use graphite, molybdenum disulphide, and proprietary lubricants designed to smooth and protect metal surfaces at the microscopic level.

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Public records research software

West, a Thomson Reuters Company, introduces Westlaw PeopleMap, a new tool that helps legal professionals and other public-records researchers quickly find relevant information about people and their connections. It comes with deep cross-referencing and smartlinking technology that uses billions of public records to make it faster and easier to find persons of interest and their relationships to assets, filings, records, and other people. Integration with Microsoft Virtual Earth makes it easy to find a current address to help verify identity. Westlaw PeopleMap also displays identifying icons to show connections between people and records. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 8, July 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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