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Product Update

September 2009 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.

Multishot handheld electronic control device

TASER International, Inc., announces its new TASER X3, the next generation product line of its proprietary electronic control devices. It is designed to be capable of firing three cartridges without reloading, providing enhanced officer safety by enabling the user to recover from missed shots and/or engage up to three targets; uses the Pulse Calibration System to constantly monitor and calibrate electrical output to provide more consistent effects on the target and the new Charge Diffusion Probe, which allows most of the charge energy to diffuse into the outermost layers of the skin; and has the ability to display a warning arc even while cartridges are loaded.

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Public safety and homeland security solution architecture

Microsoft Corp. and ESRI announce Fusion Core Solution. Capabilities include managed intake with preloaded and fully customizable forms for processing, assigning, and satisfying intelligence and information service requests; enterprise searches across multiple data sources; geodatabases to easily capture, maintain, and disseminate spatial data; integrated analytics that are extendable to integrate new or existing applications; analyst collaboration; security that can be integrated with existing authentication and auditing systems or can provide these capabilities out of the box; and tools for managing operations.

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Mobile software

Columbitech announces the Columbitech Mobile VPN. This software-based mobility solution offers multifactor authentication and strong encryption. Its session persistence enables persistent wireless access to all office applications, including emergency dispatch, fire inspection data, police reports, vehicle and identity checkups, and other records management systems. In areas with poor cellular coverage, it resumes the session as the device roams between networks, allowing users to continue working without disconnecting or repeating the log-in process. It deploys with existing servers and devices and does not require additional hardware.

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Personal protection equipment

Templar Ballistic Packages from MSA Paraclete offer NIJ 0101.06 certified protection. Distributing armor weight evenly over the body reduces fatigue. Armor that rides up or shifts during duty is not only uncomfortable but may also be unsafe. Armor placement is crucial to help ensure that wearers have appropriate coverage. Ballistic panel and carrier flexibility help to ensure comfortable packages that stay put. The Templar Ballistic Packages are available with a flexibility index range from 1.30-4.28 (based upon ASTM 1388), and areal densities less than 1.2 lb/ft2 for IIIA protection.

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Record-keeping software

Smead Manufacturing Company announces the SmeadSoft Paper Recordkeeping 9.0. This latest version of software includes several enhancements that improve an organization’s ability to ensure security, manage retention, and meet compliance regulations. It is designed to help organizations manage information in a manner that ensures the reliability and trustworthiness of every record. The system includes a distributable version of the Microsoft SQL database. With the 9.0 release, Smead ends support for Microsoft Access. However, the product includes the database conversion utility that will enable existing customers on Access to move to this more powerful and functional database environment. Slim (license management) Server has been enhanced to now operate on the Vista operating system.

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Handheld computer software

VisionTEK announces the advanced FrontLine Handheld Mobile Reporting and FrontLine Mobile Applications. The FrontLine Handheld Mobile Reporting System is designed to provide law enforcement agencies with a tool to create their own custom reports and query form types; to develop their own mobile field-reporting applications and mobile data queries to local, state, and national databases; and to make changes on demand. Designed with the input of officers in the field, it has built-in features to save input time and increase the accuracy of captured data.

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Data storage system

Hie Electronics announces its Blu-ray–based enterprise data storage system, the TeraStack Solution. The TeraStack Solution offers budgetconscious municipalities numerous advantages, including significantly reduced energy costs, reduced data migration, and improved chain-ofcustody management. It is designed to provide high-capacity, randomly accessible storage scalable to petabytes; energy efficiency; and data integrity for 50 to 100 years. This cost-effective and energy-efficient product provides increased video storage and archive capabilities as well as long-term storage of medical images for returning Iraq war veterans.

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Flexible body armor

FLEXGUARD, by Deenside, is flexible blunt trauma body armor (BTBA). It has been engineered using cutting-edge 21st Century computer-aided design and high-tech composite materials. Its design allows it to move in conjunction to the wearer’s natural body movements by means of flex points, while still allowing it to remain rigid when struck. It has removable blunt trauma inserts that can be machine washed and can be replaced with full ballistic/stab inserts to increase protection levels. It is lightweight, has a heat and moisture management system, and the modular components can be worn together or individually.

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Access control system

Ancom introduces LEID Products’ Biometric Access Control Systems (BACS). The all-electronic system combines fingerprint identity with radio frequency ID (RFID) tags. BACS comprises three major parts: an ID Station, one or more SmartRail Gun Racks, and/or one or more Electronic Modular Access Units (EMAUs). The ID Station is a freestanding kiosk that identifies users via fingerprints and tracks assets using RFID or barcode scanning. An officer places his or her finger on the reader, and the kiosk touch screen monitor displays a list of all equipment available to that officer. The officer selects the equipment, and the biometric reader unlocks the weapon in the SmartRail Gun Rack or locker in the EMAU. The ID Station tracks usage, assists with maintenance scheduling, and generates historical usage reports. ?

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 9, September 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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