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6 Key Findings of Incident Reporting

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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.

Join us on Thursday, December 13, 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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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.

Departments : First Look

Wireless 'Body Wire' Technology

Tag 5's The Phantom covertly records conversations via an iPhone app.

January 21, 2011  |  by - Also by this author

When most people hear about undercover operations they picture an appropriately scruffy-looking police officer wearing a hidden wire taped to his chest to capture audio proof of illicit activity. Countless TV shows and movies have shown the bad guys patting down disguised cops for signs of the telltale wire. But what if you could get the necessary audio in a much higher quality without a wire?

It turns out you can. The Phantom from Tag 5 Industries allows undercover officers to covertly record and broadcast conversations using a smartphone app and remote hardware instead of a physical wire on the body.

"An undercover officer would have an iPhone with an app running in the background without being seen," explains Tag 5 owner Russell Davies. "While running, it's sending audio to the Phantom, which is a hardware box that talks to the iPhone and decodes it. If you need it to go to another location, audio can be rebroadcast to another IP address."

This means a team waiting in the wings to back up an officer in the middle of a sting operation can listen to the audio as it's being recorded and know when to intercede. The audio can also be heard in multiple locations at the same time.

"It's a mixture of software and hardware, which is why it's so efficient and can get such high-quality audio from A to B, anywhere in your jurisdiction," says Davies.

The app needed to run The Phantom system is called Report-It, so named because this entire system was originally developed by parent company Tieline Technology for use by news reporters. "Yes, there is an app for that," jokes Davies.

Although The Phantom uses Report-It, Davies has tailored the hardware and all of the components to law enforcement. He's adapted other broadcast devices from Tieline as well to be used for covert operations. This law enforcement product is much smaller than the broadcast version, and the software is law enforcement-specific.

Davies was a police officer for 10 years in Australia before working for the federal government, and his specialty over this time was covert operations, so he understands the requirements for law enforcement.

"I thought, police officers could use this. It sounds much better than what they're using right now," says Davies.

Sale of The Phantom is restricted to government and law enforcement. While it's initially offered for use on the iPhone, versions of The Phantom that will run on Android phones and other smartphones are near completion.

That means as long as you have a smartphone, you'll soon be able to simultaneously record your conversation with a drug dealer and broadcast it to multiple locations without the bad guys ever knowing. And thanks to Tag 5, you can start using it right away.

"I put it in a Pelican case that has the enclosures in it and all the connectors, with everything ready to go," says Davies. "You just open a lid, turn it on, and plug it into your Internet or 3G."


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Mitch D @ 2/6/2011 11:51 PM

Ive worked w russell in the past and can only say,if russell designed something to work,it will, and it will work flawlessly......

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