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.
Jersey City Acquires Xplore Computers and GTBM Software
GTBM Incorporated and Xplore Technologies Corporation announce that the Jersey City Police Department has selected GTBM's Info-Cop wireless access software suite and Xplore's rugged GeneSys II tablet computers for its 1,200-employee police department. GTBM, an authorized Xplore reseller, was awarded the initial contract for 77 Xplore GeneSys II tablet computers integrated with GTBM's Info-Cop software.
Jersey City is using the Info-Cop and Xplore mobile computing system for a variety of daily activities: car-to-car communications, license plate checks, wants and warrants, background checks, and enhanced field reporting.
Info-Cop software, designed specifically for the law enforcement industry, provides police officers in the field with direct wireless database access to centralized motor vehicle and warrant information, complete with photo images, within seconds, thus reducing risk in potentially dangerous situations. Participating officers can directly access all available databases from their Xplore mobile computers, thereby eliminating the need to wait for a dispatcher to check one or two databases.
The Xplore GeneSys II is a rugged mobile pen computing system designed for demanding computing applications that require a combination of durability, flexibility, power, and mobility. Key features include rugged construction, a patented bumper protection system, Intel Pentium III processors, award-winning ergonomics, expansion connectivity, a shock-tolerant hard drive with storage up to 40 gigabytes, two internally mounted PC card slots, responsive touch/pen input with resistive touch screen, and a family of vehicle, desktop, and service bay docking stations.
Tulsa Chooses Wireless Data Solution from Motorola
Motorola announces that Tulsa, Oklahoma, has selected the company's wireless data system with a fully integrated online report writing suite for its police department. The Motorola 800 megahertz private DataTAC 2.0.3 backbone covers 400 square miles and is designed to provide both compression and encryption of system information. The city's new wireless data solution is part of Motorola's extensive portfolio of integrated communications and information solutions designed to address mission-critical public safety and security requirements worldwide.
The Tulsa Police Department's new reporting capabilities allow officers to complete field interviews, incident reports, and accident reports online. According to George Smith, systems development and support manager for the police department, this new capability has significantly increased officer and overall department efficiencies.
"Prior to the installation of this system, officers submitted reports using traditional paper documents," said Smith. " That cumbersome, time-consuming process has been completely transformed with the adoption of the new wireless system. Officer efficiency has increased both on the street and in the office, freeing up time to do what they do best: serve and protect our citizens."
The $1.4 million wireless data system was incorporated into the city's existing Motorola data radio network. Featuring 450 Rocky II Plus laptops and docking stations in police vehicles, Motorola's Wireless Network Gateway software and vehicular radio modems (VRM660) provide the link to the city's wireless infrastructure.
The system uses VisionTEK's Frontline software, enabling computer-aided dispatch (CAD), messaging, wants and warrants inquiries, field interviews, and incident and accident reporting capabilities. The wants and warrants module includes access to local, state, and federal databases.
Watertown Police Department Selects Admit Computer Software
Admit Computer Services announces that the Watertown Police Department in Watertown, New York, has selected the company to install a new suite of software programs for its public safety department.
The city's police department is in the process of upgrading many of its information technology (IT) systems. Its new communications and data programs will be installed and tested over the next several months and should be fully operational by November.
Admit was selected to install a full range of programs included in its Impact software suite. These new installations will include the a records management system and programs for storage and retrieval of mug shot photos, lineups, and crime scene photos, as well as an interface for connecting with state and federal databases.
The Watertown Police Department also will be installing Admit's mobile wireless technology application, which is designed to allow public safety and homeland security agencies to communicate between headquarters and mobile units and to provide field reporting capabilities. Called Impact AMO (Advanced Mobile Online), this software program recently won a Lisa award from the 500-member Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet). ■