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Product Update

January 2011 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.

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Mobile device intelligence capture

Radio Tactics has launched the Athena v4, an upgrade that builds on the extensive capability of the Athena v3 of the frontline intelligence gathering platform with new features, including exploitation of positioning and tracking information from up to 300 Garmin GPS devices; the addition of international time-zone support; an improved interface with faster operations; the ability to decode removable user identity module (R-UIM) information from code division multiple access (CMDA) subscriber identity module (SIM) information; and an onboard camera with increased capture resolution. An optional upgrade provides enhanced SIM acquisition with decoding of R-UIM information from CDMA SIM cards.

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Interoperable network cameras

Samsung Techwin America announces that four Samsung 1.3-megapixel, highdefinition network camera models conform to Open Network Video Interface (ONVIF) standards to ensure interoperability with other network components in systemwide solutions. Samsung’s model SNB-5000 box camera and other new models conform to ONVIF standards that promote opensystem communications among Internet Protocol–based physical security devices. Each model incorporates newly developed WiseNet Digital Signal Processing and supplies maximum 30-frames-per-second video at high-definition resolution, among other features.

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Protective smartphone case

Magellan GPS launches its protective ToughCase, giving iPhone and iPod touch waterproof capabilities. Featuring built-in GPS, ToughCase enhances the accuracy of location-based and GPS applications for iPhone 3G and iPod touch, while protecting the device and providing accessibility to all phone features. The case design allows 100 percent access to Apple’s revolutionary multitouch user interface, allowing users to receive and place calls while the device is protected. It meets IPX-7 waterproof standards, meaning it can withstand submersion at a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes.

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Wireless in-car video system

WatchGuard Video has launched the WatchGuard 4RE HD wireless in-car video system. The WatchGuard 4RE (Four Resolution Encoding) eliminates the compromise between video quality and file size. WatchGuard’s patent pending design provides more than 3.5 times higher image resolution while simultaneously lowering the overall file storage requirements. Video files will be uploaded wirelessly using a new, advanced industrial grade 802.11n antenna system that features dynamic beam-forming and adaptive meshing technology in a 5.8 GHz multiradio antenna design.

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Single-camera speed tracker

The Traffic Safety Solutions Company provides the Multiple Vehicle Speed Tracking (MVST) system. The MVST can track the speeds of vehicles in multiple lanes and in multiple directions with a single camera. MVST systems are installed at no cost to any community or municipality. MVST modifies driving behavior, increases public safety and police procedure safety, improves utilization of police resources, lessens the impact on public health resources, and improves environmental impact. The cameras do not need to be monitored, allowing police resources to focus on other speeding problems or concerns in the community.

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Designed wallets

TMT wallets are tested in extreme conditions and are known for quality, durability, and being waterproof and sealed with an o-ring seal to protect personal items while in the field. The wallets come equipped with a built-in compass, ink pen, tweezers, toothpick, carbide glass breaker, lanyard clip, reflector, striking edge for self-defense, and two hidden interior compartments with two removable stainless steel clips that can be sharpened to a knife edge. Handheld scanning devices protect personal credit-card information from theft.

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Rescue tool for protected spaces

The Rapid Access Tool (R.A.T.) system is a new and innovative rescue tool used for armored vehicle extrications and personnel extractions. R.A.T. provides an effective solution to breaching armored vehicles and other protected spaces. The tool is field-expedient, compact, lightweight, and simple to use. No hazardous or flammable materials are involved. R.A.T. is self-contained and is used independently from other rescue equipment. The system is packaged in a rugged kit and is designed for quick, easy use.

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Two-way radio

Motorola has launched the MOTOTRBO Connect Plus, a scalable, multisite digital trunking two-way radio system designed to accommodate high volume, wide-area communication for mobile work teams. MOTOTRBO uses time-division-multiple-access technology to deliver exceptional voice quality, extended battery performance, and double the capacity for the price of one frequency license. MOTOTRBO also provides integrated data, including text messaging and customized applications such as location tracking, e-mail interfaces, work-order ticket management, and system management via an application developer program.

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Officer scholarships

In recognition of the sacrifice displayed by sworn peace officers, Herzing University Online has created a Badge-to-Grad Scholarship and credit-hour award program to make continuing education accessible for officers. To be eligible, the federally or state-approved law enforcement academy must qualify the graduate to become a sworn peace officer in the jurisdiction or agency supported by the academy. The Badge-to-Grad Scholarship awards up to $2,250 annually and 32 credit hours to officers who qualify.

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Equipment and inventory manager software

Dynamic Systems has launched a low-cost equipment and inventory manager for law enforcement agencies based on bar code technology. The Equipment Manager reduces the loss of gear and saves time tracking equipment. The program reports when an inspection is due on items and keeps track of the expiration date of consumables. The system also can report the overall value of the agency’s inventory, allowing annual budgets for equipment to be set. The inventory module will keep track of class-B items.

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Data and link analysis software

FMS Inc., an In-Q-Tel portfolio company, has launched version 4.5 of its Sentinel Visualizer data visualization and link analysis software. Sentinel Visualizer offers link charts, social network analysis, geospatial mapping, and the examination of timelines based on a user-customizable knowledgebase. The professional and premium editions of Sentinel 4.5 now provide integration with Google Earth—locations can be charted on maps, and users can track-and-display the geographical movements of entities around the globe. With its link charts, items become instantly visible and understandable.

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Fabric for footwear

Wellco Enterprises introduces the Guardian GTX series of lightweight footwear for law enforcement professionals. This new line of footwear combines comfort with excellent traction and protection against the harsh elements. Wellco incorporated GORE-TEX footwear fabric into the boot’s construction to provide waterproof, breathable protection. This unique fabric keeps feet drier and more comfortable by preventing exposure to rain and inclement weather while allowing perspiration to escape. The fabric is designed to meet law enforcement professionals’ every need: protection, agility, durability, and comfort. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 1, January 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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