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Product Update

May 2013 Product Update

The Police Chief keeps you on the cutting edge of law enforcement technology with monthly product announcements. Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufacturers and distributors; IACP endorsement is in no way implied.

Data storage device

The ioSafe N2 is a fireproof and waterproof, network connected, multidrive NAS/RAID storage device for terabytes of data that is powered by a Synology DSM motherboard and operating system. It allows for fast access on local networks and remote access from most devices connected to the Internet. The ioSafe N2 is designed to protect from natural disasters by wrapping its patented protection technology around vulnerable private cloud data—onsite. It provides fast local access, redundant hard drives, security, nearly unlimited storage, cloud convenience, access to data with virtually any device, and onsite protection against natural disasters. The solution can be used alone or in conjunction with existing backup and disaster recovery practices.

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Collision reporting center

Accident Support Services International Ltd. (ASSI), announces its partnership with the Medicine Hat Police Service in the operation of a new Collision Reporting Centre (CRC). The Medicine Hat CRC provides the public a faster and safer response to property damage collisions. The CRC is funded entirely by supporting insurers so there is no cost to the police service or local taxpayers. Collisions eligible for reporting at the Centre are property damage collisions where there are no injuries and no criminal offenses involved. ASSI operates 27 Collision Reporting Centres in Ontario and Alberta. Twenty-four additional jurisdictions utilize ASSI’s CROMS program as their electronic collision and records management database.

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Handheld fingerprint identification device

MorphoIDent, a handheld mobile fingerprint identification device provided by MorphoTrak, a U.S. subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), allows patrol officers to identify wanted or dangerous persons in the field without transporting them to a patrol station. With an interface to the FBI’s Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC), officers are even able to tell if the person is wanted in another state. The national RISC database includes approximately 2 million records of wanted persons, sex offender registry subjects, and known or suspected terrorists. In addition to determining true identity when a person gives a false name or has no ID, MorphoIDent can clear someone with the same name as another person, or confirm identification of incapacitated or deceased individuals.

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Image and video search software

piXserve is a general purpose image and video search software package engineered to provide the ability to search for license plates without requiring specialized cameras and equipment. piXserve is able to deal with a broad range of license plate types in multiple languages. No special training or customization is required. It provides the following capabilities: object detection and recognition, face recognition, license plate recognition, text recognition, automatic tagging, and more.

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Forensic field station

The CRU WiebeTech Ditto Forensic FieldStation has an easy-to-use web browser interface that supports remote operation via network or VPN, providing access to Ditto configuration, user administration and user rights, as well as direct operation of Ditto cloning and imaging operations. It is designed to enable efficient cyber and digital investigations. The built-in menu system makes it easy to configure and perform forensic captures-without an attached computer. It supports many write-blocked inputs: SATA, eSATA, PATA, USB2.0. Additional acquisition interfaces are available via expansion modules. It allows for speedy cloning and imaging of disk drives, regardless of source or destination type—including network-based sources/destinations.

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Video monitoring

Extend the reach of your public safety personnel with Motorola’s Real Time Video Intelligence (RTVI) solution. It is an all-in-one system that combines mobile video, high-speed transmission, and remote monitoring. It is designed to bring video to high-crime areas, remote locations, busy intersections, and even special events. And it has been effective in helping to save lives, reduce crime, and keep neighborhoods safer. RTVI provides delivery of high-quality video to and from the patrol car and the command center – and between officers in the field.

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The Bumperchute is a durable mobile-incident-command post canopy that installs in minutes and attaches easily to the roof rack at the rear of emergency responders’ trucks and SUV vehicles. The canopy is engineered to create shelter beyond the tailgate, providing crucial overhead protection from weather and creating a secure work environment with significant glare reduction, thus making computer screen data easy to read. Side panel windows have interior flaps that can be opened for visibility or closed for shade.

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Defibrillator wall cases and bag

Allegro Industries offers the Plastic Defibrillator Wall Case, which is made of corrosion-resistant ABS plastic with high-visibility graphics and comes with three optional slide-in shelves. Two additional plastic models are available with fully sealed, waterproof strobe and audio alarm and with decimal alarm only. Metal wall cases are also available, constructed with corrosion-resistant steel and featuring a door-front window and latch handle. Available in a large or small size, the metal cases are equipped with a battery-operated audio alarm and a waterproof strobe feature is available on the small model. Allegro also carries a defibrillator bag that is designed for easy transport and storage. The bag features double zipper for easy access, shoulder strap, and padded divider for protection and to adjust the size of cargo area.

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In-car camera video system

VIDTAC is designed to be a revolutionary camera system for policing. It offers an all-digital system, eliminating old cumbersome DVR components and hardware. Additionally, VIDTAC utilizes a twin lens camera system: 1080 p high-definition camera and a 5 megapixel still camera. VID TAC comes standard with backseat camera and GPS functionality to mark evidence and specific coordinates, as well as automatic recording triggers (lights, siren, speed). VIDTAC will record 30 seconds prior to the event and 30 seconds post-event.

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Voice-over-IMS and RCS presence technology demonstration

Alcatel-Lucent carried out a key demonstration of its Voice-over-IMS and RCS presence technology to the Board of FirstNet (the First Responder Network Authority) at the Boulder, Colorado, laboratories of the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of the federal Public Safety Communications Research program. The demonstration set out to showcase the application of Voice-over-IMS (Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem), providing a foundation for how multiple agencies such as police and fire can deploy fully interoperable technologies. RCS leverages the interoperability and ubiquity of voice- and text-based SMS communications, and enriches it with Internet-type features. ♦

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXX, no. 5, May 2013. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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