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Demystifying the Convergence of LTE and LMR Networks for First Responders

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 6, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Narrowband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks and user radio equipment have been the cornerstone of mobile communications for First Responders for decades. The trend from traditional analog to more robust wireless broadband networks in recent years has improved the overall accessibility but questions remain on whether the new networks can provide all the required capabilities First Responders need to do their job.

Increasing demand for bandwidth intensive applications such as video, advanced mapping and analytics, alongside critical voice communications has been driving adoption of broadband LTE cellular networks, such as FirstNet.

Join our panel of industry experts for this insightful 60-minute on-demand webinar as they discuss the critical differences between LMR networks and LTE networking, how these technologies can successfully co-exist, and explore the future of critical communications for First Responders.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Current and future industry trends for LTE and LMR technologies
  • Challenges and obstacles with the convergence of technologies
  • Real-life examples of successful hybrid communication strategies for First Responders
  • Recommendations for future proofing your agency; adoption of new technologies and how to bridge the gap


Tony Morris, VP North American Sales, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless

Jesus Gonzalez, Analyst II, Critical Communications, IHS Markit

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

Andrew Seybold, Senior Partner, Andrew Seybold Inc.

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6 Key Findings of Incident Reporting

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

An exceeding number of police departments and law enforcement agencies, whose officers spend upwards of 3-4 hours a day completing incident reports and other time-sensitive paperwork*, are turning to smarter tools, such as speech recognition solutions, to help transform their police reporting workflows.

View this on-demand webinar to hear why these law enforcement professionals are embracing smarter tools to complete higher-quality reports and move mission-critical information within the CAD/RMS faster and more efficiently – all by voice.

This discussion will provide you with an understanding of:

  • What law enforcement has to say about current reporting processes
  • Why officers, especially recruits, want smarter tools to help with police paperwork
  • Why manual reporting has a negative impact on report accuracy and productivity and can hinder criminal proceedings
  • How departments can speed up data entry within the CAD/RMs and move mission-critical information more accurately and efficiently
  • How speech recognition technology can help increase officer safety and improve situational awareness and productivity on patrol
  • Why embracing smarter technology increases community visibility, and minimizes costs

Learn how your department can make incident reporting faster, safer and more complete by viewing our on-demand webinar today.

*Role of Technology in Law Enforcement Paperwork Survey 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

Departments : Computers & Software

Guidance Software EnCase 4.19

The newest version of this computer forensics analysis tool seeks out hidden files with an easy-to-use interface.

August 01, 2004  |  by Bob Davis

Computer forensics is not a passing fad. It's a growing field that is becoming more important to successfully solving a wide range of criminal cases as crooks' tech savvy progresses. In fact, an FBI report from 2002 indicates that 50 percent of all investigations require a forensic examination of at least one computer to produce the necessary evidence. And the numbers aren't likely to decrease.

Since 1998 Pasadena, Calif.-based Guidance Software has been in the business of finding evidence where no man had gone before: the mass storage medium of computer systems. Whether you're searching hard, floppy, or even USB drives, Guidance's EnCase Forensic Edition investigative tools are designed to find and preserve what you're looking for: computer files that the perps didn't want you to see.

The company's newest version, EnCase 4.19, is Windows-based software that accelerates and streamlines the process of searching a computer drive. Its virtual file system allows investigators to share the information collected with non-EnCase users while a familiar graphical user interface (GUI) allows you to create a noninvasive investigation image of the storage media. With EnCase you can also easily organize case information and generate standard and custom investigative reports.

By using the company's FastBloc write-blocker utility tools a trained investigator may even drill down into the very sectors and cylinders of a hard drive without altering any of the "original" data or its attributes.

EnCase 4.19 also includes many enhanced or altogether new features.

One of these new features, the text "find" command, is built much like the find command found in many word processors. When users requested this feature, the company actually listened and incorporated it into the new version. Other enhancements include improvements to reporting modules, navigation techniques, and the overall speed in which an investigative audit is processed.

Increasing its flexibility, EnCase now accommodates additional platforms. Not only can you use it on Windows and Macintosh systems, but also with PalmOS, Unix, and Linux, among others.

Also, an increased number of file systems are now supported by EnCase, including all FAT systems, NTFS, CDFS, UDF, BSD, Mac OS X, and RAID drives on servers.

All this flexibility is essential when working cases involving more sophisticated computer setups. Some suspects use several different systems to make it more complicated to track their files. To further help in finding and collecting pertinent files, Guidance has added to EnCase enhanced support for Outlook's PST files, Base64 and UUE encoded attachments, file structures for .tar and .gz files, and support for PNG-formatted graphics.

One of the most important changes to EnCase is an enhancement in NTFS folder recovery tools, critical for recovering data when a drive has been formatted to conceal or destroy incriminating evidence. This is also useful when a master file table has been corrupted. With a simple right click on a computer drive icon you can uncover hidden files in what appears to be a formatted drive containing no data. EnCase's tools can recover files and place them into a virtual "lost files" folder while simultaneously recreating the directory structure to make clear what you have found.

Another new tool gives you the ability to search in both compressed folders and files. Combine this with the "search" and "text view" tools in the display's lower pane and EnCase automatically reveals the contents of a file for inspection. With added support from the Microsoft Encrypted File System you'll also have access to domain-authenticated accounts, as well as a Windows-protected storage area where you can recover user names and passwords.

While all of these improvements are useful, software cannot work on its own. It requires trained officers to conduct these searches. Fortunately, Guidance Software has made a major commitment to training law enforcement personnel how to use EnCase.

In fact, Guidance continues to develop EnCase tools with input from folks who have substantial law enforcement pedigrees and the desire to produce the best product available.

Nevertheless, with any technology that evolves as quickly as the computer industry, law enforcement agencies themselves must commit to ongoing education and training of their personnel. We may no longer assume that the training we received a few years ago will be all we'll ever need. We need to make an investment in keeping up with technology.

Bob Davis supervises the San Diego Police Department's computer lab. He has 26 years of experience on the force.

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