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Product Update

March 2012 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 at Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufacturers and distributors; IACP endorsement is in no way implied.

Emergency signal systems

Tapeswitch Corporation introduces two new pressure-sensitive emergency signal systems: the AlertSwitch System and the AlertSwitch System with built-in LEDs for increased visibility. These systems are designed for police station interview rooms, residential care homes, hospitals, public restrooms, transportation, manufacturing, assembly lines, emergency vehicles, and anywhere else people might need to signal for help or assistance. The systems are made of reliable, durable, pressure-sensitive, ribbon-switch technology, which has been used in many safety, sensing, and signaling applications throughout the world for more than 50 years.

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Redesigned wristband transmitter

Project Lifesaver introduces a redesigned direction-finding system that increases the effective range for searches by as much as 300 percent. The new system has been jointly developed by Project Lifesaver over the past year with Marshall Radio Telemetry of North Salt Lake, Utah. In addition to increased range, the new wristband transmitters have double the battery life (60 days) of the original; programmable custom frequencies; and are completely waterproof, shockproof, and temperature compensated to ensure the signal does not drift when moving from indoor to outdoor situations.

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Biological detection technologies

Smiths Detection announces a worldwide partnership with ANP Technologies for its immunoassay technology, which is used to verify the presence of biological threats in the field. Smiths Detection recently began to market the Nano-Intelligent Detection System (NIDS) through its global distribution network, alongside Prime Alert and BioChief Bio-Detection kits. Used together with NIDS, these technologies allow rapid threat assessment and identification of bioagents such as the microbes that cause anthrax and tularemia and biotoxins including ricin and botulinum.

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Training DVDs

The Vistelar Group has launched a new line of resources on DVD to meet the personal and professional development needs of public safety professionals. These DVDs cover oleoresin capsicum decontamination; tips for ethical protectors; and verbal defense and influence strategies. DVDs are personalized to best meet individuals’ needs in the police or public safety arena, in corrections, and for civilian applications. Vistelar also offers videos with topics of interest to individuals and families, such as safeguarding homes and property, user tips for pepper spray, tactical communications strategies, and tactics for disarming guns.

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Scheduling software

Saltus Technologies announces that its digiTICKET as a Service program has exceeded growth expectations in its first eight months. New court scheduling tools allow court administrators to schedule multiple court dates and times for up to a year in advance. Configurable business rules allow dates to automatically advance, based on docket size or days until the next scheduled court date. New printing functions allow the digiTICKET application to print differently formatted tickets based on the type of charge selected by the office; parking tickets, traffic tickets, or code enforcement tickets can be printed in different formats.

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Tribute-edition rifle

Henry Repeating Arms introduces the Henry Golden Boy Law Enforcement Tribute Edition rifle to honor those who have worn a badge in service to their communities or to the United States. Designed to be an ideal gift to anyone who has served in law enforcement, this rifle is a tribute to the men and women who have selflessly put their lives on the line. Henry’s distinctive Golden Boy receiver is festooned with 24-karat gold-plated engravings in tribute to those who have sworn an oath to protect and serve.

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Laser scanner

FARO Technologies Inc. announces the next generation of its innovative laser scanner, the Focus3D. This newest Focus3D offering represents FARO’s most powerful laser scanning solution to date. It remains four times lighter and five times smaller than its competitors. It is designed to be so compact and mobile that users can take it wherever they go. Thanks to millimeter accuracy and up to 976,000 measurement points per second, the Focus3D is designed to offer the most efficient and precise method for measurement and 3-D documentation. It offers accurate measurement for crime scenes, accident sites, and many other areas and events.

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Intelligence sharing portal

Enhancements have been announced to QiSOFT’s POLICEintel program, a real-time intelligence web-based sharing portal for data-driven crime fighting. The core elements of the program remain, particularly the shift-to-shift information sharing tool. New to the program are modules for retail crime prevention—Retail Stop Loss—and for citizens’ reporting of suspicious activity—iWatch. Since information is contained in a web-based portal, intelligence from different sources is easily assimilated and presented to the law enforcement officer. Via the external feeds feature, neighboring agencies can share and exchange critical intelligence information.

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Dangerous substance recognition

Chemical suicides result from the combination of common household chemicals that emit toxic gas, most notably hydrogen sulfide. Victims will quickly asphyxiate in confined areas. Morphix Technologies offers the Chameleon Chemical Suicide Detection Kit to provide police and first responders a field-configurable, low-cost, easy-to-use, hands-free solution when encountering a chemical suicide. The use of Chameleon Detection Kits on service calls and as part of training programs can provide an extra measure of safety and perhaps even save lives. Its use also can r educe liability, injury, and time off and also result in a reduction of costs by possibly preventing injuries. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 3, March 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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