Where do the good ideas come from?
In this column, we offer our readers the opportunity to learn about — and benefit from — some of the cutting-edge technologies being implemented by law enforcement colleagues around the world.
South Carolina Network Selects
Wireless Data Transmission Solution
Radio IP Software Inc., a leader in wireless TCP/IP data technology, announces that the South Carolina Palmetto 800 Network, which is owned and managed by Motorola Inc., has selected both Radio IP Mobility Manager and the Radio IP Mobile TCP/IP Gateway as part of its effort to expand the reach and number of users on the network. The South Carolina Palmetto 800 Network puts the state at the forefront of statewide public safety systems that include interoperability between state, local, and federal public safety agencies and major utility companies and health care providers.
Mobile TCP/IP Gateway is an optimized TCP/IP solution for wireless data transmission over private or public RF narrowband networks. Mobility Manager brings administrative functionality to Motorola DataTAC networks, the wireless network technology at the heart of the Palmetto 800 system, including managing handoffs between radio network controllers (RNCs) and a registration host feature that manages mobile-to-host connections through an easy-to-use interface. Both products are part of the Radio IP Software family of wireless data applications.
The selection of Radio IP Mobile TCP/IP Gateway and Mobility Manager is part of Palmetto 800's efforts to upgrade a Motorola DataTAC network to support an expanded user base consisting of public safety agencies, utilities, health care providers, and government. By using Mobile TCP/IP Gateway and Mobility Manager together, the handoff of mobile units between RNCs becomes transparent to the user, and also provides for easier network administration and mobile registration. Initial installation of the Radio IP Software solutions occurred in 2003 and was completed within a matter of hours.
"The selection of Radio IP products will assist Palmetto 800 in achieving our goal of supporting a full range of user needs at the highest level of interoperability available-for day-to-day operations, as well as for mutual aid and task force interoperability," said Jim Weih, Motorola Palmetto 800 System manager. "By deploying Radio IP Mobile TCP/IP Gateway and Mobility Manager we can achieve this level of interoperability, which is particularly valuable in disaster situations when multiple agencies from a range of jurisdictions are involved."
South Carolina's Palmetto 800 supports a range of needs of users from large state agencies to relatively small local governments who are able to benefit from the latest technology at a fraction of the cost required for a system of their own.
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Police Agencies Monitor
Employee Use of the Internet
Stellar Technologies reports that its Internet monitoring product has increased efficiency in police departments by providing real-time disclosure of workers' Web surfing and instant messaging activities.
A subscriber-based service, Stellar Internet Monitoring (IM) reports of employees' Internet use to supervisors and managers. Stellar IM increases employee productivity and use of Web resources; the service also provides employers with factual evidence of unapproved activity that serves as an effective tool in defending or limiting employment-related litigation.
"We've had a couple of employees spending an awful lot of time online," said Chief Dwayne Hobbs of the Forest Park, Georgia, Police Department, an agency of 100 employees that currently uses Stellar IM. "We decided we had better pay attention to what's going on."
In Millard County, Utah, the local sheriff's department began using Stellar IM a year ago, quickly discovering how the service can increase workplace efficiency. "Stellar IM is the only product that charts the Web activity of employees in real time," said Paulette Staples, assistant administrator of the 54-employee Millard County Sheriff's Office. "Its instant alerts go right to the source of unapproved activity."
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Texas and California
Agencies Buy Tasers
Taser International, a maker of nonlethal weapons, announces three orders of Taser X26 conducted energy weapons and accessories. Police departments in Fort Worth, Texas, Long Beach, California, and Pomona, California, have placed orders.
The largest order came from the Fort Worth Police Department, in the nation's 27th largest city, which purchased 225 Taser X26s and accessories. The Pomona Police Department ordered 170 Taser X26 conducted energy weapons and accessories, and the Long Beach Police Department, in the nation's 34th largest city, purchased 94 Taser X26s and accessories.
"We would like one TASER X26 for each patrol car in hopes of giving us one more tool in the use-of-force continuum before deadly force," said Fort Worth Police Lieutenant Abdul Pridgen. "From everything we have read, the Taser system reduces injuries to officer and suspects," Pridgen added.
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