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Wednesday, November 28, 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.

Join us on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET 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 registering for our webinar today.

*Role of Technology in Law Enforcement Paperwork Survey 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

Departments : Computers & Software

i2 Inc Visual Notebook

If you’re an investigator who needs a case presentation tool, check out this easy-to-use software.

January 01, 2005  |  by Bob Davis

Back in November I suffered through the San Diego-to-Los Angeles commuter traffic to see many of the new software products and gadgets being shown at the 2004 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. One product that caught my eye was i2 Inc.'s new Visual Notebook, an electronic "storyboard" that investigators can use to visualize, analyze, and present the complexities of any incident.

Founded in 1990, i2 Inc. has been providing software solutions to help analysts manage the vast amounts of information every case produces. The company's flagship product, Analyst Notebook, is used by agencies at every level of government.

Some of you may see i2's new Visual Notebook as an intrusion into the analyst's domain. I don't. I believe it enhances the team concept, creating an electronic bridge between analysts and investigators where both may communicate and scrutinize the minutiae of a case.

The software itself is fairly similar to Analyst Notebook and it's intuitive and easy to use. But the true benefit of Visual Notebook in an investigation is eliminating the traditional clutter of paper files, "yellow stickies," and scribbled notes on crumpled pieces of paper.

Built for Windows NT 4.0 (sp6) or higher, Visual Notebook works in both standalone and networked environments. It needs at least 200MB of free disk space, 128MB of RAM, and a 500MHz processor. I'd strongly recommend a Pentium III or higher PC with a video card that's ready for a graphics workout. As a security measure, the application also requires you to insert a coded dongle into a USB or parallel port before the software will activate.

Using Visual Notebook is as simple as dragging and dropping icons onto a pasteboard then adding appropriate links to source materials and information. And you don't have to be an artist to create an attractive and informational presentation. Visual Notebook provides a huge assortment of icons sorted into defined categories. The icons represent events or elements of crime, incidents, or organizations.

Once the investigator has a basic understanding of the case or subject material, he or she just drags out an icon from the palette and drops it onto the workspace. With Visual Notebook's vast array of choices you can easily depict any event.

Once you've dragged and dropped the basic component of the incident, all you have to do is add the links or suspected links between the elements of the event. It's that simple. Visual Notebook is a straightforward point-and-click application. Right clicking on any object lets you drill into its properties, allows you to describe its attributes, label, or link elsewhere.

As your case develops and the investigative team discovers new information, it can be quickly distilled, analyzed, and shared using Visual Notebook's visual pasteboard. Whether the information comes from individuals, diagrams, events, places, or electronic intelligence sources, the software allows users to keep up with the relevant information in a visual format.

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