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Product Update

June 2012

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.

Covert surveillance system

Crime Point introduces the Hermit-Cam TransFormer, a multidisguise video surveillance system engineered for covert investigations. The device is designed to adapt to a variety of concealments and environmental conditions, maximizinglimited agency budgets by meeting multiple needs. The ruggedized system features a compact slide-in frame and three turnkey enclosures, allowing it to be transformed rapidly for indoor, outdoor, and vehicle-based deployments, with a wide operating temperature range. Officers can access live and captured video via their smartphones and their computers.

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Electric battery–operated vehicle

Oxygen World Inc. has started U.S. distribution of its electric battery–operated Oxygen CargoScooter. This follows a successful program in Europe where the Swiss Post utilizes 2,000 of the vehicles, making Oxygen the largest supplier of battery-operated scooters for professional use. The scooters are recharged from simple electrical outlets, are designed to save up to 90 percent on energy costs versus fuel-powered scooters, and are capable of covering distances of up to 75 miles on a single charge. In the United States, Oxygen is launching the scooter commercially to fleets, municipalities, and businesses.

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Fuming chamber

Mystaire Misonix’s fully automated microprocessor-controlled Cyanoacrylate Fuming Chamber has been awarded a U.S. patent for its innovative features and design. Users can place evidence inside of the chamber, push start, and within minutes obtain quality, latent fingerprints. Each unit is designed to offer control of the humidity level and the fuming time. Extensive safety features are incorporated to minimize the worker’s exposure to dangerous cyanoacrylate fumes. The patented recirculating design ensures that hazardous cyanoacrylate fumes are contained and not exhausted back into the crime lab.

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Radio device

Integrated Microwave Technologies releases its Mobile Tactical Vehicle Mounted Diversity COFDM HD/SD Receiver. The Mobile Tactical Receiver is a ruggedized vehicle-mounted downlink receiver. It is designed to offer performance and durability with H.264 MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 decoding. The Mobile Tactical Receiver has decryption capabilities designed for law enforcement, public security monitoring, and homeland security applications. It includes integrated antennae and features a compact, lightweight rugged chassis, enabling it to be mounted on vehicles in any weather conditions.

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The Model 0201OMD Optical Media Destroyer from Security Engineered Machinery is designed to shred CDs, DVDs, credit cards, identification badges, access cards, and similar items, reducing them to tiny 2.2 millimeter by 4 millimeter particles, satisfying the requirements of NSA/CSS 04-02. The unit can destroy up to 2,500 items per hour and is small enough for office use. The throat, specifically designed to accept optical media, is 12.25 inches wide.

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Wireless mobile router system

Verizon Wireless and In Motion Technology announce a wireless mobile router system available for securely extending the enterprise network to vehicles over the world’s largest 4G LTE network. The In Motion Technology onboard system includes the onBoard Mobile Gateway, which is designed to transform vehicles into secure hotspots; a network management system that monitors network health and communications; and a mobile-optimized virtual private network server providing end-to-end security. The onBoard Mobile Gateway is intended to improve operational efficiency for first responders.

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Fuel-efficient vehicles

With experts predicting fuel prices will reach record highs in 2012, the fuel efficiency of the new Ford Police Interceptors has the potential to help cash-strapped U.S. cities reduce their fuel bills. Ford engineers tuned the Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle models to save fuel even when they are standing still, with no sacrifice to pursuit performance. The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Police Interceptors have increased by 25 percent over the retired Crown Victoria.

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Rapid DNA analysis

Lockheed Martin and ZyGEM Corp. Ltd. Announce plans to release a version of their rapid DNA analysis platform that is designed to simplify and speed DNA analysis for human identity testing. Preproduction units of the platform will be released this summer to select customers in the forensic, homeland security, and intelligence communities. The companies have integrated all the elements of advanced microfluidics and ZyGEM’s proprietary nucleic acid isolation technology to create a compact laboratory on a single chip that reduces the number of processing steps and the time required for analysis.

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High-tech camera

Canon U.S.A. Inc. introduces the XU-80 Remote Control Pan-Tilt-Zoom HD Camera. This compact, integrated camera system is designed to offer exceptional picture quality, fast pan-and-tilt action, and a waterproof and dustproof design that makes it well suited for outdoor and indoor use. Incorporating an imaging sensor, a zoom lens for telephoto performance, and broadcast-grade features, the camera is ideal for outdoor weather and traffic camera installations, venue image magnification, homeland security, medical, and many other applications.

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Face recognition technology

Animetrics is seeing its patented technologies used by U.S. military intelligence systems abroad and in law enforcement agencies in the United States because of its technologies’ effectiveness at tackling critical face recognition problems in surveillance. ForensicaGPS, the company’s facial biometric solution, utilizes patented 2–D and 3–D face technologies that allow users to create quality 3–D facial renderings from uncontrolled or low-quality photo and video material. These renderings can be used for in-the-field identifications and for timely, accurate, and analytical comparisons of multiple facial images. ♦

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 6, June 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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