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BoomerangIt Helps Georgia Police Return Stolen PDA to Rightful Owner
BoomerangIt announces that it has helped police in Savannah, Georgia, identify the rightful owner of a stolen personal digital assistant (PDA). According to the company, after Officer George Gundich made an arrest recently in Savannah, he suspected that the person's expensive electronic Palm Tungsten belonged to someone else. After questioning the suspect, he was sure of it. Gundich then noticed the BoomerangIt serialized security label and immediately called to notify the company that the registered item had been recovered.

BoomerangIt checked its worldwide registration database and identified the owner as a real estate broker in Pass Christian, Mississippi. BoomerangIt called the owner, and within a few day she was reunited with his Palm, valued at more than $350 dollars.

Gundich said that as he questioned the suspect about the device and examined it, the suspect admitted to taking it and was charged with theft of mislaid property.

"When I saw several scheduled meetings with FEMA, and the man did not know anything about these, I was positive that the Palm was stolen," said Gundich. "If it wasn't for the BoomerangIt label, this device would still be in our evidence room unclaimed, as no missing item reports were filed for it."

The Palm had actually been stolen from the owner's vehicle in another police jurisdiction the previous week.
BoomerangIt labels and tags are available for purchase in a variety of packages. BoomerangIt is designed to help owners label their consumer electronic devices such as cell phones, portable digital music players, laptop computers, and digital cameras, as well as luggage, car keys, and other valuables.

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Sheriff's Deputies Use FreeLinc Equipment at Indy 500
FreeLinc Inc. announces that Marion County sheriff's deputies used the company's wireless headsets and speaker-microphones before and during the 90th Indianapolis 500 in May.

According to FreeLinc, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was responsible for traffic control, patrol duty, and personal protection details during the race and its lead-up events.

"We are committed to improving officer safety any chance we get," said Sheriff Frank J. Anderson. Captain Philip Burton, the Marion County Sheriff's Office public information officer, added, "We're pleased to see that the technology now exists to eliminate the cables from our portable radios. We definitely wanted to try these products, and the Indy 500 provides a great chance to put them to the test."

Unlike wireless accessories for mobile phones, FreeLinc's products were designed specifically for mission-critical two-way radio use. FreeLinc devices employ near-field magnetic communication (NFMC) technology.

"If I thought my speaker-mic was unreliable or affected by interference, I wouldn't use it," said Lieutenant Bill Atkinson. "I need to know that my transmissions are going through. The FreeLinc speaker-mic transmitted and received consistently, and with great audio quality. It just worked."

FreeLinc products tested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office include the FreeMotion 200 wireless headset and the FreeMic 200 wireless lapel speaker-microphone. Both products are designed to provide up to twenty hours of continuous talk time on one battery charge, and an optional voice-operated transmission (VOX) mode to allow for completely hands-free, cord-free, secure communication, which is unprecedented in the push-to-talk two-way radio world.

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Colorado Approves M/A-COM Radios for Use on Statewide System
M/A-COM Inc., a business unit of Tyco Electronics and maker of radio communication systems, announces that its Project 25 (P25IP) portable radios have been accepted by the state of Colorado for use on the Colorado's statewide digital trunked radio (DTR) system. State, local, federal and tribal agencies requiring Project 25-standard critical radio interoperability can now consider M/A-COM's 7100IP family of radios to communicate with neighboring agencies across Colorado.

The software-defined 7100IP radios are designed to excel in the challenging public safety environment and operate in multiple-radio-system environments, including EDACS or ProVoice trunked modes, as well as Project 25 digital and conventional analog modes.

"Having extensively tested M/A-COM's P25-compliant radios within the unique framework of Colorado's statewide radio system, we are confident that these radios support the performance and functionality standards necessary for use by our users," said Mike Borrego, digital trunked radio project manager with the Colorado Division of Information Technologies. "We are extremely pleased to now have the option of utilizing these effective and affordable P25 radios and believe that they can provide reliable, interoperable communications for our most mission-critical situations. The addition of the M/A-COM radios now brings the number of subscriber manufacturers to four that are capable of working on DTR."

The 7100IP product series consists of two-way digital radios designed to deliver P25-compliant voice and Internet Protocol-based data communications in a single package. The P7100IP portable radio and its counterpart, the M7100IP mobile radio, are software defined digital signal processor-based two-way radios. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. 73, no. 7, July 2006. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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