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Product Update

November 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.

Communications infrastructure

CommTech, a wireless communications provider in Nashville, Tennessee, provides complete communications infrastructure, which runs the gamut from building towers to outfitting the equipment at the base of towers for radio systems to integrating into 9-1-1 centers when necessary. The core of CommTech’s business is public safety entities—mostly local county agencies. These agencies do not have the financial resources metropolitan agencies have, so CommTech delivers simulcast radio systems with multiple towers, transmitting at the same time. With analog systems, timing is critical and latency cannot vary.

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Forensic catalog

Mystaire Misonix announces the release of the first complete forensic catalog since the acquisition of Misonix in October 2011. Misonix has manufactured ductless laboratory safety products and criminal investigation equipment for more than 50 years. The new 2012 catalog includes forensic evidence–drying cabinets, cyanoacrylate fuming chambers, laminar flow hoods, ninhydrin acceleration chambers, ductless hoods, workstations, and enclosures. The updated catalog contains photos, specifications, and overviews on a full range of products to protect the operator or the process.

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In-vehicle computer

Mentor Engineering announces the release of Mentor Ranger 4.0, the newest version of Mentor’s flagship rugged in-vehicle computer. A powerful component of Mentor’s mobile workforce and fleet management solutions, Ranger facilitates the real-time electronic dispatching of work orders and job time tracking. In-vehicle navigation, vehicle tracking, and instant communication helps fleets reach peak efficiency. Ranger also works as an electronic onboard recorder to manage hours of service requirements and provides lone worker safety functionality. The computer monitors speeding and tracks unsafe driver behaviors such as hard braking, acceleration, and swerving.

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ARES Defense releases its Shrike 5.56 Advanced Weapons System. This upper receiver, designed to fit any M16/AR–15/M4–type lower receiver, features a dual-feed system designed to allow users to change from one to the other in a matter of seconds. Basically, the Shrike 5.56 provides the power of a US M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) but at nearly half the weight and is mission configurable to ensure it is meeting each individual user’s needs in any situation that arises.

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For a host of outdoor and tactical situations, Pelican Products has developed the 2370 LED (light-emitting diode) multicolor flashlight. Designed to work in a variety of environments, the 2370 LED features the latest LED technology with four operating modes. For each mode change, the flashlight is engineered with a magnetically actuated selector switch. The switch’s lack of mechanical contacts is designed to ensure reliability and eliminate wear factors. The flashlight is weather and corrosion resistant and features an aerospace-grade aluminum body with a knurled no-slip grip pattern and a tough matte-black anodized finish.

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Police cars

Carbon Motors reports that the demand by law enforcement for purpose-built vehicles is strong. Carbon Motors has exceeded 21,000 reservations for the sedan version of its portfolio of law enforcement patrol vehicles from more than 600 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states. The company also has received requests for future exports from more than 35 countries around the world. The Carbon E7 will continue its trek across the United States to help further product, corporate, and supplier development efforts. While doing so, Carbon Motors is completing its 68th of 71 stops on the Pure Justice Tour.

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Tablet computers

DRS Technologies Inc. announces that its Tactical Systems division has expanded its product portfolio. The Armor X7et and the Armor X7ad are thin, lightweight tablets based on customers requesting more portable computers. These 7-inch multitouch tablets offer field service workforces the choice between the fast-growing Android operating system and the enterprise-friendly Microsoft Windows platform. Both tablets are certified for extremes in temperature, vibration, shock, and four-foot drops; and have an IP65 rating for ingress protection, meaning they are designed for protection against dust and withstand low pressure jets of water.

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Optical scopes

Leupold optical scopes are designed with supreme light optimization and strict attention to detail. No two scope models are the same and neither are their components. Each optical element is carefully selected for 92 percent to 98 percent light transmission. Then, the elements are precisely aligned with zero margins for error. All the pieces—the main tube, the lens system, the adjustment knobs, the lubes, and the adhesives—are designed to work together flawlessly.

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Department stats

IACP Net now provides statistical information on U.S. law enforcement agencies. Members select from a variety of reports and can customize results based on geographic location, population, sworn officers, and operating budgets. This new service includes statistical information on law enforcement personnel, operations, equipment, patrol functions, community policing, salaries, and more. Select reports provide agency-level detail, and most reports include charts. This enhancement is now available to all IACP Net members. ?

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

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