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Advance & Applications

California Agency Acquires New Mobile Computers
HP announces that Roseville, California, police officers will soon be riding in police vehicles equipped with enhanced technology specifically designed and integrated by HP to meet their needs quickly and easily.

The technology is to be installed in the 60 police cars in the Roseville Police Department's fleet. It incorporates customized, upgraded mobile computers and power management systems.

Tailor-made for the Roseville Police Department, the HP solution is designed to provide more space in officers' vehicles, robust technology, and effective power management. The customized solution combines technology from HP partners, including L3 Communications, ComTech Communications Inc., Havis-Shields, Major Power, and D&R Electronics.

"Each patrol car is not only a police vehicle but also a mobile police office," said Roseville Police Chief Joel A. Neves. "The modern police vehicle is packed with numerous communication and information technology devices that deliver a level of access to data that was unheard of just a few years ago.

"But the project was about more than just the IT. Ergonomically integrating all these devices in the demanding police car environment is a real challenge. HP partnered with us to deliver a turnkey installation that has resulted in police cars that are more functional, reliable and comfortable for our officers."

HP worked closely with the Roseville Police Department team to develop prototype vehicles that integrate computer systems in the vehicles' interior and then conducted a series of field tests with the officers during the past year to ensure a superior final product.

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Pennsylvania State Police Upgrade Their Criminal History System
The Unisys Corporation announces that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has awarded it a new contract to upgrade and manage the infrastructure that supports of the Pennsylvania State Police's Computerized Criminal History Record Information System (CCHRI). The CCHRI helps disseminate criminal history data to other agencies on request.

Unisys will revamp the current CCHRI infrastructure to accelerate the flow of information between law enforcement jurisdictions. The Unisys solution is also designed to reduce costs by transitioning the state's system to a Unisys ES7000 standardized Intel-based environment. Unisys will manage the system as part of Pennsylvania's Data PowerHouse, from which Unisys provides IT outsourcing and technical support for the state.

"Having worked with Unisys for many years, we believe it is the ideal partner to help us transform the Pennsylvania State Police's criminal history system into a next generation law enforcement data center operation," said Dean Stefan, manager of Pennsylvania's Data PowerHouse initiative. "We believe the new system will enable the commonwealth's law enforcement to more efficiently and effectively track, report and share vital information with other law enforcement organizations."

Under the agreement, Unisys will provide CCHRI application development and systems integration, four ES7000 servers, seven commodity servers and third-party software including Microsoft's MS SQL Server 2000 and MS BizTalk Server 2004. Unisys will also provide maintenance, network upgrades, asset management and technical and operations support.

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Texas Sheriff's Department Launches CAD System
Geac Public Safety, a division of Geac, today announced that the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department in Texas has gone live with Geac's EnRoute computer-aided dispatch (CAD) software applications to dispatch law enforcement services for Montgomery County. The software solution includes EnRoute CAD and EnRoute I-Status Web access to current call status, along with interfaces to the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications (TLET), emergency 911, and the county's records management and mobile data systems.

With about 450 employees, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department sought a dispatch solution that could keep up with its immediate demand for performance and growth. It selected Geac as the one that best met its functional requirements after reviewing responses to an RFP.

Sue Bosma, the Montgomery County CIS director, said, "Upon initiating the trial program combining Montgomery County sheriff and Montgomery County 911 dispatch, it became evident that our current CAD system would not support additional dispatch stations. In October 2004 we issued an RFP for a new system. The successful vendor was required to integrate its CAD solution with the Software Group (TSG) system and the Custom Logic Design (CLD) mobile communication software (ZClient32). Geac was awarded the contract in January 2005, after we looked at the Geac EnRoute system in neighboring College Station, Texas. We liked the functionality, flexibility, and ease-of-use of the system. We went live on March 9, 2005, and are pleased with both the dispatch response times and the end-user interface." ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. 72, no. 3, April 2005. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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