Be on the Lookout
Also in the software sector, Aether Systems demonstrated an impressive new upgrade of PacketCluster Patrol that integrates with Aether's PocketBlue. The new PacketCluster Patrol 4.4 features a dual-pane query response window for more efficient access and review of data from NCIC, NLETS, and DMV. In addition, PacketCluster Patrol now supports 3G networks for high-speed access to images and video.
Blue Light Special
Federal Signal’s SignalNet controls all of your lights and sirens, including the new Cuda Spectre LED lightbar.
With all its flashing LED lightbars, Federal Signal had one of the most visible booths on the show floor. And the company had a reason to be so flashy, as it was promoting the roll out of two major new products, SignalNet and Cuda Spectre. SignalNet is a series of control boxes and software that allows an officer to control all of the warning systems on his or her patrol car via a touchscreen interface on a laptop computer. In addition, SignalNet monitors the vehicle's battery voltage and has a dual mode multivoltage load manager that allows different shedding voltages for each individual light or siren. The new Cuda Spectre LED lightbar can be integrated into SignalNet or it can be used as a standalone lightbar. Features include long-life (100,000 hours) and a clear bar that keeps your car from being spotted at a distance.
Really Fast Boat
Agencies with a need for waterborne capabilities may want to take a look at Sonic Jet's PRJ 1500 Patrol Rescue Jet. And a lot of curious officers did just that at IACP. The PRJ 1500 jet boat features a very shallow draft with no prop to foul, and it can hit speeds of up to 55 mph. It carries up to four officers and their gear.
Supreme Corp.’s Mobile Armored Device (MAD) is a ballistic-resistant, foot-driven tactical vehicle that fits up to two officers.
Fechheimer introduced the latest product in its Flying Cross line of police apparel. The new Flying Cross 70/28/2 polyester, rayon, Lycra trousers are machine washable, wrinkle free, stain resistant, and colorfast. They feature 2-zone stretch waistbands, permanent creases, French flys, and brass zippers. Available in LAPD Navy blue, silver tan, heather gray, brown, and black, the trousers come in four-pocket and six-pocket designs.
The Summit reversible fleece jacket from Elbeco is Thinsulate-insulated and waterproof.
Police apparel continues to move toward a layered multipurpose approach and a good example of this is Elbeco's new Summit reversible fleece jacket. The waterproof jacket is constructed of Thinsulate insulation and comes in navy, brown, flourescent yellow, and black. It's warm, comfortable, and features a Hiptex membrane that repels water but breathes.
For really cold climates, Armor Safety Products has introduced the Thermal Air, a mask or hood that captures the heat and moisture of the wearer's exhaled breath and uses it to warm and humidify the wearer's inhaled breath. The result is not only a warmer face, but warmer hands, feet, and overall body core temperature, as the Thermal Air prevents the loss of body heat through breathing. Thermal Air is available in hoods and masks, and there's even a Nomex fire-retardant model.
Kustom Signals released its Directional Golden Eagle (DGE) radar with digital signal processing at IACP. The newest member of Kustom's Eagle Series, the DGE features an innovative antenna design that provides the operator with longer operating range, faster target acquisition, and more precise target identification than the other Eagle Series radar models. DGE's directional capabilities eliminate moving/same direction discrimination problems. Standard features include stopwatch and fastest vehicle modes, a choice of four different user-selectable types of output to video systems, and English and metric selections for miles or kilometers.
Light and Tough
Panasonic's newest Toughbook, the CF-R1, was one of the hits of the show. Attendees were impressed with this extremely lightweight (2.2 pounds) sub-notebook. The CF-R1 offers a small footprint that's ideal for increasingly cramped police cars and, while it is not as rugged as Panasonic's full-size notebooks, the diminutive CF-R1 is semi-ruggedized and can take some punishment. Inside, the CF-R1 features an Intel 800MHz SpeedStep Mobile Pentium processor, a 20-gigabyte shock-mounted hard drive, and up to 256 megabytes of RAM.
One of the absolute neatest things on the floor of the IACP show was QuikClot. Put simply, QuickClot is an inert and sterile mineral product that can be used to stop massive bleeding from severe trauma and save lives. Produced by Z-Medica of Newington, Conn., and developed with the cooperation of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, QuickClot is FDA approved and it has been issued to troops serving in Afghanistan. The product is poured into open wounds, then it soaks up the fluids, and speeds clotting. Because QuickClot is chemically inert and sterile, it poses no hazards to the patient or attending medical personnel, and it doesn't hinder further emergency treatment.
The Folding Ladder
Hands down the coolest new police equipment at IACP was the QuikStep ladder from Armor Safety Products. The QuikStep takes the concept of "folding ladder" to a new level. A 14-foot long QuickStep with 12-inch (18-inch assault widths are available) rungs folds to an amazingly compact 15x3.25x168 inches. The QuikStep folds into place almost as rapidly as any fixed ladder and it can be pulled down and put away in seconds. Available in 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-, and 14-foot lengths, the QuikStep is a real space saver for officers who wonder how they're going to cram all of their equipment into their vehicles.
Shock to the System
Medtronic's new LifePak CR Plus is a really well designed AED that's lightweight, compact, and easy to use. Developed for minimally trained first responders, the CR Plus requires just three steps to deliver potentially life-saving shocks to victims of cardiac arrest. The system automatically adjusts the energy output to match the victim's needs, and it automatically supplies additional shocks as needed. Lifepak CR Plus requires very little maintenance, just recharging after 20 to 30 full energy shocks.