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Advances & Applications

New Public Safety Building
New Public Safety Building Opens in Texas City
Brinkley Sargent Architects announces the opening of the Temple Public Safety Building in Temple, Texas. The 50,000-square-foot building was completed in September 2005 at a cost of approximately $9.5 million.

After commissioning a needs assessment, city leaders decided to build a new public safety building and turn the current police building into the new municipal courts facility. Brinkley Sargent was responsible for the needs assessment, the conceptual design, the programming, the architecture, the site master plan, the interior design, the furnishings, the fixtures, and the construction administration, among other aspects of the project.
Temple is a growing city of 85,000 about 90 minutes south of Dallas.

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Municipal California Police Agency Acquires In-Car Digital Recording System
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company announces that San Carlos, California, Police Department will standardize on the Panasonic Toughbook Arbitrator digital recording system for video capture, storage, and transfer in support of improved incident documentation, evidence management, and streamlined operations.

The Toughbook Arbitrator is a solid-state video recording system designed to be less vulnerable to malfunctions caused by vibration, heat and cold, and humidity. It is engineered to deliver high-speed, high-capacity data transfer rates and to record in both wide-angle and low-light situations.

The San Carlos Police Department serves a community of approximately 30,000 in the San Francisco Bay area, 23 miles south of San Francisco. The department of 36 officers will initially deploy eight Toughbook Arbitrator digital video systems.

According to San Carlos Police Department Chief Gregory Rothaus, the move to digital video should eliminate problems with their existing VHS systems, including system failure due to overheating, as well as the challenges associated with the storage and retrieval of information stored on tape.

"We have been a believer in the use of audio and video in the field for quite some time,"said Chief Rothaus. "This technology from Panasonic enables us to manage information in a way that is light years ahead of what we have been doing in the past.

"Individual storage of tape medium is time consuming-both in removing tapes from each car and in managing requests for evidence and information. With audio and video stored digitally and available on a single server, we will achieve a much simpler solution that will also improve the integrity and security of evidence."

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Rhode Island Police Department Deploys IP Software
Radio IP Software Inc., a leader in wireless data connectivity solutions, announces that the Coventry, Rhode island, Police Department has deployed the Radio IP MTG software in its efforts to use the agency's computer-aided dispatch and records management systems (CAD/RMS) over its Dataradio wireless network.

"Our department was using PacketCluster technology for performing NCIC checks, and we were becoming increasingly unsatisfied with the application," said Sergeant Charles Bourret, MIS coordinator at the Coventry Police Department. "We then selected the new IP-based IMC mobile application with CAD/RMS.

Using Radio IP as the transport layer and we couldn't be happier. Ever since we switched over to Radio IP, it has been an almost completely hands free operation."

The Coventry PD needed not only to Web-enable its proprietary network but also to achieve minimal Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) standards for encryption in order to continue its access to NCIC and similar mission critical law enforcement databases. Radio IP MTG is designed to provide end-to-end security with its several types of encryption.

Coventry PD deployed 14 vehicles on the Radio IP MTG software in 2005.

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From The Police Chief, vol. 72, no. 11, November 2005. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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