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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.


Improving Communications After the Tucson Shootings

Pima County, Ariz., voters have approved $92 million to improve public safety radio interoperability to enable agencies to "talk with each other" on a single frequency band.

July 18, 2011  |  by Bryn Bailer

Photo: Zuma Press.

The Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson may have drawn interest toward law enforcement in Arizona's second-largest city, but another incident that highlighted the need to improve public safety communications for agencies across the entire nation occurred much earlier: on 9/11.

"Certainly the events of 9/11/2001 in New York and Washington showed all the necessity of interoperable communications," says Carl Drescher, an administrator of Information Technology for the City of Tucson, which is participating in the ambitious Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN). The multi-agency program—for which voters authorized $92 million in a special bond election in 2004—is tasked with, among other goals, improving public safety radio interoperability to enable agencies to "talk with each other" on a single frequency band.

Contiguous jurisdiction incidents and multijurisdictional pursuits—not uncommon events in cities of all sizes these days—are classic cases that beg for interoperability between agencies, says project administrator Capt. Paul Wilson of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

"You have multiple agencies chasing the bad guy and not being able to communicate directly with one another while they're doing that," he says. "[An additional problem is] not having your medical responders knowing what's going on during all of that, so that they can pre-stage where they need to be, so they can provide the most efficient, effective, and quick service."

The City of Tucson alone operates on a hodgepodge of venues: VHF and UHF analog systems, and 800 MHz digital frequencies. Motorola police two-way radios mostly use VHF (150 MHz). Fire and emergency medical services use UHF (450 MHz). Mobile data accessed in police vehicles and fire apparatus operate jointly on the 800 MHz radio system. And other city public works departments crowd into all three bands for voice communications.

"The radio system in its current configuration has been in operation since 1982," Drescher notes. "However, some of the original core system has been in operation since the early 1970s."

The linchpin of PCWIN's mission is to provide digital radio service to more than 30 police and fire agencies in Pima County, which covers an area of almost 9,200 square miles. Several additional 800 MHz frequencies have been licensed for public safety use in the new radio system, including some set aside as multi-agency "group talk" channels. The project will adapt and construct multiple radio towers to allow interconnectivity, and purchase compatible radio equipment (handheld and fixed mount) for which each agency will pay a monthly user fee per radio.

The final element is construction of a centralized, regional communications center for the sheriff's department and other agencies, as well as technological upgrades to existing facilities for Tucson police, fire, and city communications so that each site serves as a "live" backup to the other, in case operations are suddenly compromised or shut down. The entire project is expected to become operational in 2014.

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