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.
The new BL 8x33 Comfort Bridge binocular, with distinctive Minox styling, gives new meaning to “open bridge” and delivers the practical, ergonomic advantages of enhanced comfort and secure handling, weighing just 22.9 ounces, which law enforcement officers will appreciate during any lengthy observation, including viewing hazardous materials scenes from a distance. Lightweight and trim, the rubber-armored body is made of space-age polycarbonate and is rugged and impervious to weather—from 14 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, in rain or snow.
For more information, visit www.minox.com/usa.
At Applied Simulation Technologies (AST), the company goal is to make work safer for law enforcement officers. That is why AST offers training that works alone or with an agency’s current curriculum to manage and reduce crashes. EVOC-101 Web delivers powerful online training that refreshes perishable skills from a desk, at home, or even in a parked vehicle on a web-enabled terminal. The program was designed by instructional experts, especially for law enforcement, to be tough, interactive, and effective. AST is so sure that agencies using the training will experience significant reductions in crashes that these results are guaranteed.
For more information, visit www.appliedsimtech.com.
3VR Security Inc. announces the availability of the ServerClass 100 SmartRecorder for Retailers. Built on the award-winning 3VR Intelligent Surveillance and Search (ISS) platform, the ServerClass 100 SmartRecorder for Retailers combines the power and scalability that retailers require with the analytic and correlative power they want. Retailers are pushing the boundaries of video management with higher camera counts, active monitoring, and new applications that require deep integration and information technology and marketing organization. The ServerClass 100 provides a solution to retailers who want the flexibility and friendliness of software-only solutions with the ease of installation and support of a hybrid or network video recorder.
For more information, visit www.3vr.com.
StrideLite USA’s primary focus is safety for human and canine law enforcement members. Its products, including the lighted safety vests and the lighted dog collars, have been recognized in the trade and popular press as being the highest quality and value. Products are manufactured in the United States and Canada and are used in law enforcement, rescue, military, and industrial settings. The StrideLite and Spike product lines represent a solid choice for law enforcement visibility needs.
For more information, visit www.stridelite.com.
PA systems and lecterns
AmpliVox Sound Systems is now manufacturing and selling public-address (PA) systems and podiums that are RoHS (restriction of hazardous substance) and WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) compliant. AmpliVox, a 40-year-old audio system specialist based in Chicago, meets these requirements in nearly all of the wood products it manufactures. Its PA systems and lecterns are made with an environmentally friendly particleboard and recycled post-industrial wood residues. Urban or postconsumer recycled wood fibers are used in the Tafisa panel production mix, which enables the recycled fibers to have an extended life.
For more information, visit www.ampli.com.
Rugged Notebooks, a leading provider of ruggedized computers and handheld devices for more than 10 years, announces the release of the RNB Eagle semirugged notebook. The RNB Eagle notebook’s introduction coincides with the latest compliance guidelines issued by the FBI pertaining to any laptop or computer accessing National Crime Information Center (NCIC) data. According to these guidelines, all systems must have advanced user-authentication security measures such as biometrics (fingerprints or iris scan) and a smart card or token that must be inserted into the device’s USB port. The new RNB Eagle notebook comes standard with the latest security features, including a biometric fingerprint reader and SmartCard (CAC) reader.
For more information, visit www.ruggednotebooks.com/eagle.
World Border Organization BORDERPOL announces that work on the SAFEBORDER.network is progressing ahead of schedule and will be launched in fall 2010. The SAFEBORDER.network initiative is a global password-protected extranet designed for sharing information exclusively between countries and agencies involved in border security. These agencies will be able to share information on education, training, doctrine, best practices, criminal gangs, and terrorist organization structure and modus operandi. The extranet will also include a forum, an equipment database, and an events calendar.
For more information, visit www.borderpol.org/borderpol.html.
American Tactical Imports introduces the latest member of the German sporting guns family, the GSG-1911. Making its debut just before the 100th anniversary of the 1911 pistol, the GSG-1911 brings new and unique features to the platform: a 22 LR high-velocity caliber; a 10-round capacity (detachable); a semi-automatic recoil-operated working system; a 5-inch barrel length; and an 8.5-inch overall length with 6 grooves. The GSG-1911 features the same weight and feel of a classic 1911 pistol, but with 80 percent interchangeable parts and a guaranteed 5-pound trigger and threaded barrel.
For more information, visit www.americantactical.us.
Data animation software
MapScenes Systems, a developer of accident-scene mapping and reconstruction software, announces the release of MapScenes PointCloud 2010. PointCloud is a powerful point cloud/light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data visualization and animation tool for forensic investigators and accident-scene reconstructionists. Included with this software bundle is MapScenes Forensic CAD, a full-featured desktop mapping tool, and MapScenes Capture, a professional three-dimensional animation tool. With MapScenes Forensic CAD, any line of work completed in the PointCloud viewer will be available in the CAD drawing, and vice versa. The PointCloud can be included in the final animation for added realism with no additional effort. ■
For more information, visit www.mapscenes.com.