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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.


Budget Simulators

Manufacturers are finding ways to create better use-of-force simulators at lower costs.

April 19, 2011  |  by Tim Dees - Also by this author

Cubic's Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) is one of the most sophisticated simulator systems available.

Technological advancements allow companies to continually refine the quality of use-of-force simulators, but vendors have also been paying attention to the budget problems of public safety agencies that buy them. Here's a review of the latest developments in the technology and marketing of these systems.


Cubic is a company more familiar to military trainers than to law enforcement. Cubic has been a military contractor for more than 50 years. One of its leading products is the MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) gear the U.S. military has been using since 1980.

MILES has two basic components: a laser emitter mounted on the soldier's weapon, and a set of laser-sensitive sensors usually fixed to the troop's web gear. When the sensors register a hit from one of the laser emitters, an alarm on the web gear tells the "victim" he has been shot and is out of the fight. The equipment integrates easily into real combat gear and is widely used for small unit tactical exercises.

The combat settings U.S. troops have experienced in recent years are much more like the typical American policing environment than a traditional battlefield. Warfighters have found themselves moving down city streets and entering homes and businesses, both for cover and to take the fight to the enemy. Cubic has produced many training facilities for this type of operation, which the military community calls MOUT: Military Operations on Urban Terrain.

These facilities often consist of one or more structures that are pre-wired for both combat effects and for monitoring of the trainees. A "tactical village" may have several buildings and streets, all with cameras to record the actions of the people undergoing the exercise. A central control room controls the cameras and recorders, as well as smoke generators, light switches, exhaust fans, and access to the sound effects that can be introduced into any part of the facility. Sensors throughout the village track the silver dollar-size RFID tags on each trainee's uniform, providing a "God's-eye view" of the location and movement of each operator throughout the exercise. Each moving dot is identified with the trainee's name or ID

Brooks Davis, who briefed me on Cubic's products, said that this technology permits withdrawing the instructor from the room. "When trainees [in traditional, instructor-led scenarios] were going through an exercise, they would be told,' By the way, that guy wearing the red shirt is not part of the scenario.' When the trainee entered a room and saw a red shirt, he knew to put on his game face, because something was about to happen." When there's no telltale red-shirted monitor around to cue the trainee, each evolution of the scenario generates a more realistic response.

During an exercise with a Florida agency using a Cubic facility, the instructor saw that the trainees were getting bogged down in a single room, and wanted to move them further into the building. He was able to make a scream come from a speaker in a room at the back of the building, which got the operators moving again. The scream wasn't part of the scripted scenario. During the post-exercise debrief, all of the trainees remembered that scream clearly, and noted they were never able to locate the person who screamed. This kind of flexibility wouldn't be possible with a traditional "shoot house" setup.

Another adaptation of the MILES platform puts the sensors on the engines of watercraft used in marine-based exercises. A common tactic in waterborne interdiction operations is to shoot out the engines of boats that refuse to yield when ordered to do so. While it's possible to have one of the role players on board the boat watch for disabling shots and advise the operator to throttle back if he perceives a hit, it's far more realistic to have the hit come from a sensor that's actually connected with a laser on the officer's weapon.

This platform is expected to come under heavy use as agencies in the Tampa Bay area prepare for the Republican National Convention in 2012. In addition to the usual security concerns that come with such an event, the protectors have to contend with several miles of waterfront to defend from assault.

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Comments (3)

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Wendy LW @ 11/6/2011 3:51 PM

Concise and to the point. Excelllent. Thank you.

Chuck Ruggiero @ 1/15/2014 8:31 AM

The link to Ti Training Systems which appears in the article about their simultor products, takes you to the homepage of the Asp Company, Could you please provide a working link to the Ti Training Company?

DoctorBob @ 12/24/2015 11:08 AM

We are a pistol club with 1,300 members and are looking for a training, education and practice virtual range system with self defense scenarios. has anyone had experience with a simulator in this venue?

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