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IACP 2012 Conference, San Diego, CA, Sept. 29-October 3
Kris Pearson describes VIEVU as the world leader in body-worn video technology, with 23,000 customers worldwide. One of the reasons that police officers are now wearing surveillance devices, he asserts, is to capture their interaction with the public through audio and video so that they can prove what they’ve been doing when they’re out of range of the in-vehicle video, which only captures what’s in front of the car. Another reason for body-worn cameras is to establish a secure evidentiary chain, which the VIEVU devices achieve, since officers cannot alter what has been recorded by the camera. Pearson discusses the features and benefits of the company’s LE 2 HD product, which he says is rugged and very easy to use, and also the company’s LE 4, which he says provides the next step in video quality and is expected to get a great reception by law enforcement and public safety agencies in the coming year.
Eric Ivers gives a demonstration of the RoboteX robot and indicates that they are sold mainly to law enforcement agencies, the military, SWAT teams, Army rangers and the company is presently developing a new market with special ops. He estimates that the RoboteX models are the best priced robots on the market, with a service contract that enables the buyer to have a robot that works all the time. The best description of the utility of the RoboteX robot, he says, is “You can throw it out the window, drive it upstairs, find the bad guy in the dark, have a conversation with him – and never go in the building.” He adds that one of the SWAT teams that uses the company’s robots has found that its team can run the robot entirely “from inside the BearCat”.
Categories: Education/Training, Law Enforcement, Military/Force Protection, State/Local Security, Federal Agencies, Communications
Aspen University was founded in 1987 and is the oldest virtual university in the United States, says Dr. Trocki. As in its early days, Aspen University serves mainly adult learners, usually with professional experience. The criminal justice program is taught by a superb faculty from around the world that consists of present and former law enforcement professionals, lawyers and academics and is at a level of excellence that is not surpassed by any other educational institution, according to Dr. Trocki. One of the original and prophetic goals of the founders, he says, is the desire for adult learners to get a great education – and graduate with little or no debt. The charges are $250 per credit for undergraduate courses and $350 a credit for graduate courses. He indicates that there are additional benefits for students in the military that make the tuition even more affordable.
Kim Webley, founder of FileOnQ, says the company serves law enforcement by focusing on property and evidence management from the crime scene to the courtroom. He indicates that the company was founded 15 years ago to fill records management needs, to insure a defensible chain of custody and to protect chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials from losing their jobs because of mishandling of evidence. Shannon Turner, an evidence expert with a long background in managing property rooms, crime scene investigation and other evidence-related assignments, describes how the company’s software uses a barcode system to reduce not only paper, but also liability. The software technology is so flexible, she says, that agencies often use it to manage other inventories, such as fleets, personnel and guns.
Stephen Meer, one of the founders of Intrado, Inc of Denver, Colorado, indicates that his company provides services and products to the 9-1-1 infrastructure, which he says is a very complicated ecosystem with lots of different constituent groups. The 9-1-1 infrastructure is like an iceberg, he says, with a little piece that delivers services to the public that is above the water line, and a massive infrastructure under the water line that supports it in operating seamlessly, continuously, dealing with all the regulations and issues in the world of public safety communications. Intrado’s focus is on “Next Gen 9-1-1”, which is on a converging and evolutionary path that is offering citizens a wider range of ways to call for help. Editors Note: Intrado executive Steven Lowe will contribute an every-other-month column in Government Security News in 2013 titled “Next Gen Public Safety Communications”.
IntegenX makes products for life sciences research and other areas, says Guy Page, but the company is at the 2012 IACP show to introduce its flagship product for law enforcement, the RapidHIT DNA testing system, which can get forensic test results from a DNA sample in 90 minutes or less. The RapidHIT single use kits are fully transportable and can be used by a police officer or soldier. This is the future of forensic DNA analysis, says Page, and the technology will continue to improve and evolve over time. He points out a number of other government markets where RapidHIT will increase speed and efficiency and reduce costs dramatically. These include Border Patrol, human trafficking, refugee camps where kinships can be determined in less than 90 minutes. Other applications for the technology include the military’s need for identifying combatants and mass disaster scenarios where there may be very little to work with.
IACP Conference 2012: Mike Bostic, Director of Customer Advocacy, Security and Transportation Service, Raytheon
Mike Bostic of Raytheon points out that he spent 34 years as an Assistant Chief in the LAPD, where he worked about a third of that time in technology and communications. And one thing he learned from his LAPD experience is that everything the military needs, so does public safety. But Raytheon is in the business of solving operational problems rather than selling boxes and devices, he says, and as a systems integrator the company sells solutions to specific sets of problems. All of the major broadband providers will be down in a major incident, he says, so the challenge for Raytheon is to build a robust private network with major partners such as Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Nokia and Siemens. At the Republican National Convention, Raytheon and its partners built out an LTE for the Tampa Police, who did whatever they wanted with video streaming applications. The future of what will happen on an LTE system is that officers will get a call on their radio and then use their cell phones for the rest of the conversation. What we can do on cell phones today, says Bostic, is what public safety ought to be able to do on public safety networks.
Kevin Madden discusses the nation’s first demonstrated multi-vendor interoperable Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which was deployed by a consortium of companies including Cisco and Raytheon during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL. The broadband network, which provided law enforcement agencies from Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties with a secure way to share real-time video, voice and data communications via smartphones and tablets, marks the first time that federal, state and local first responders have simultaneously used a 700 MHz D-block broadband network for a National Special Security Event (NSSE). The network demonstration was enabled by a special temporary authority (STA) from the Federal Communications Commission for the Convention and provided a field trial of a multi-vendor integrated LTE system in advance of the $7 billion deployment of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Other companies participating in the open-systems collaboration using Commercial Off-The Shelf (COTS) products in a manufacturer-agnostic platform included Nokia Siemens Networks, Reality Mobile and Amdocs.
Rob Wolf tells GSN that NC4 products focus on situational awareness, and the company is at the IACP show to demonstrate its new NC4 SAFECOP product for state and local law enforcement. NC4 SAFECOP was developed in collaboration with the Tampa, FL police department and is a new crime fighting solution that changes the way officers police the streets by bringing them blogging capabilities which, combined with other police feeds and CAD data, display a graphic representation of crime almost immediately following an incident. Wolf says that NC4 SAFECOP was inspired by a comment from John Bennett, Assistant Chief of the Tampa PD, that “the only inconsistency in policing is the police”, a reference to the fact that officers may work four days and then be off for 4 days. With NC4 SAFECOP traveling in the cruiser with them, officers can enter real-time blog notes and benefit from a common operating database that can be accessed instantaneously by all authorized personnel.
Peter Onruang explains that the Wolfcom 3rd Eye is more than a body camera -- it’s a multi-purpose, multi-functional tool that is the officer’s best friend, because “it allows you to see what you can’t see”. Because it can see and record what the officer sees, the 3rd Eye can save a lot of expense arising from false allegations. Its 16 megapxiel camera has a high-resolution recorder that can capture up to 17 hours of video, including 6 hours of continuous operation. It also has an audio recorder that can create 500 hours of audio, along with an optional battery that lasts 20 hours. It is also the only body camera that offers nightvision, with the ability to see up to 15 feet in pitch black darkness. The 3rd Eye can snap a still photo while the recorder is still operating and can be used by an officer to peek around corners and capture valuable intel without exposing his body to harm. It can be used as a standalone unit or integrated with a 2-way radio. It’s not only designed to be the officer’s best friend, says Onruang. It can also save a lot of money.