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Transforming Police Reporting with Speech Recognition Technology

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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

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Demystifying the Convergence of LTE and LMR Networks for First Responders

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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 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 webinar, 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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Hip to Be Square

Bushnell's new HD Torch produces a tightly focused square beam of light.

December 01, 2008  |  by - Also by this author

After a long research process, Bushnell has found an unusual way to build a better flashlight with very consistent light output: by changing the shape of the beam from a circle to a square.

"For the last eight to 10 years we have been looking at conventional flashlights on the market that typically produce circular patterns of light that are non-uniform, irregular blobs," says Jordan Vermillion, senior product manager for Bushnell. "The solution was to create a light that had intensity from side to side, top to bottom, edge to edge, and that was consistently bright in that pattern of light."

Bushnell's HD (High Definition) Torch does just that, with a uniformly bright square pattern of light that has numerous law enforcement applications.

To start with, the HD illuminates an entire wall without moving the light from side to side. "This means you can easily find the bad guy because the torch has such a wide field of view of light coming out of it," says Vermillion.

Because of its focused beam, the light doesn't throw off much peripheral light, which means it doesn't cast shadows back on the user that could give away his or her location. Another tactical advantage the light provides is that it can shine through tinted car windows without creating a shadow effect, so officers can see people and objects inside that might pose a threat on a traffic stop.

While patrol may seem the obvious niche for the HD Torch, search and rescue can benefit from the light's ability to aid in methodically searching an area to locate objects and people. "Because the light output is a square shape, if I'm looking for a bullet casing or a blood trail, I can do so in quadrants or zones," says Vermillion. This makes keeping track of what areas have been covered much easier.

In addition, the light is useful as an all-around flashlight for any detail, or even for outdoor recreation such as hunting game.

The HD Torch is constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and produces 165 lumens of light with its powerful LED. Runtime is 1.5 hours and it is powered by two 3-volt lithium batteries, which come included. There are two operating modes: high and safety-strobe for emergency use.

For convenience, the HD Torch includes the "Find Me" feature, a glowing "B" rear button that also serves as a battery life indicator. A green glow indicates optimal battery life. When it turns red, there is about 30 minutes of battery life remaining.

Bushnell plans to use its patented technology that produces such a consistent beam of light in its other LED lights in the near future. For now, the HD Torch is scheduled to be available for shipment and in retail stores by mid-January. Uncle Mike's holsters will be available to accommodate the new light.

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