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IACP 2010: Best of Show

The most interesting things at this year's IACP in Orlando were new revisions of existing products.

December 22, 2010  |  by Melanie Basich and David Griffith

Panasonic: ToughBook U1 Ultra

Panasonic's latest ToughBook U1 Ultra handheld computer runs Windows 7. The device meets MIL-STD 810G for ruggedized computers and offers an extremely bright 6,000 NIT display for easy daytime reading. Available options include integrated GPS, a 2 megapixel camera, and barcode readers. With an Intel Atom processor Z530 CPU that clocks 1.60GHz, the ToughBook U1 Ultra handheld has plenty of power to run law enforcement applications.

PanoScan: Vehicle Inspection Robot

Manufacturer and developer of panoramic imaging systems PanoScan surprised IACP attendees with its newest product, a robot. PanoScan's Ferret vehicle inspection robot is saucer shaped and looks an awful lot like a Roomba vacuuming system, but it won't clean your floors. What the Ferret can do is drive under vehicles and use its panoramic camera to show an operator the under side of vehicles that may be rigged with bombs or for concealing contraband. The radio controlled Ferret has a range of up to 1,000 feet and a runtime of 40 minutes.

ThinkStream: Laptop Lineup

Laptop Lineup is a new investigative application from Thinkstream. The software picks out suitable matches from a database of more than 1,000 photos. It takes investigators just a few minutes to upload the suspect's photo and enter demographic and personal characteristics. Once the photo is uploaded and the information is input, Laptop Lineup automatically selects suitable matches for a six- or eight-person lineup.

Trimble: Nomad Handheld Computer

Trimble showed its latest Nomad outdoor rugged handheld computers. The Nomad now offers a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, enhanced GPS performance, and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities. Powered by an ultra-fast 806MHz processor and Trimble's optimized graphics processing, advanced caching ,and proprietary high-speed journaling file system, the Trimble Nomad handhelds are extremely fast. The Trimble Nomad meets MIL-STD-810F standard for drops, vibration, and temperature extremes and comes with an IP67 rating.

TriTech Forensics: Swiftlift Mitt

Applying fingerprint powder with a brush takes a long time on large areas. Much like a chamois mitt used to wash a car, the SwiftLift from TriTech Forensics makes easy work of vehicles, counters, floors, or any other expansive surface that needs to be dusted for latent prints. Just put the mitt on your hand, apply powder to it, and rub the mitt against itself to evenly distribute the powder. Then rub the mitt over a surface and watch the prints appear. SwiftLift mitts are big, but they're designed not to damage ridge detail. And they're disposable so trace evidence won't be transferred between crime scenes.

Vigilant Video: CarDetector

Vigilant Video showed its CarDetector Mobile LPR system. The CarDetector features the company's Condor digital signal processor (DSP), which is ruggedized for severe traffic conditions. A single Condor DSP can process up to four cameras on a single vehicle. Vigilant Video's LPR camera is exclusively designed for LPR with a dual lens combo housing for IR and color cameras. The CarDetector Mobile LPR system package is one of the most compact systems on the market.

WatchGuard Video: 4RE HD In-Car Video

The problem with HD resolution for in-car video systems has always been file size. You need a lot of storage for HD files. But WatchGuard Video has solved that problem with its new 4RE wireless in-car video system. The 4RE records in standard definition and high definition simultaneously. This allows you to store critical files in HD and less critical files in standard def. In addition, WatchGuard's compression technology reduces the size of any file captured by the 4RE. Other features of the 4RE include WatchGuard's patent-pending Record-After-The-Fact technology, wide screen aspect ratio, and dual drive architecture.

Xtreme Green: Police UTV

Las Vegas-based Xtreme Green makes a wide variety of electric law enforcement vehicles, including motorcycles and ATVs. The company's latest product is the Police Utility Terrain Vehicle, a four wheeler that's substantially larger and more powerful than many electric police transports. The four-wheel-drive UTV has a top speed of 25 mph and a range of about 75 miles.

Zarc: Vexor OC Launcher

Zarc has long been one of the leading manufacturers of law enforcement OC products, so it's no great leap for the company to manufacture an OC launcher. Zarc's Vexor VM1 Launcher is essentially a paintball gun, but it has some really nice features. Designed to fire Zarc's Vexor .68 caliber rounds, the VM1 is a hopper fed launcher with a tac rail and optional optics. It's target accurate to 60 feet and can be used for area denial out to 100 feet. Projectile options include liquid OC, impact, and training rounds.

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