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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 


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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.

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  • 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


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Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

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Wireless Surveillance: A Force Multiplier

A local systems integrator won a bid to expand the Pensacola, Fla., Police Department’s four-camera network of surveillance cameras. To install a new wireless system, line-of-sight issues, 140-mph wind load requirements and other challenges had to be met.

July 15, 2011  |  by Rodney Bosch

Photo: Pensacola PD.

When the police department in Pensacola, Fla., sought to expand its limited wireless public video surveillance system, an open bid solicitation went out to identify integrators that could meet the city's rigid expectations.

More than quadrupling the existing four-camera system would present installation challenges the city had not experienced previously. In order to achieve the extensive coverage the city desired, substantial measures would need to be taken. Namely, surmounting topography hurdles to ensure a clear line of sight for multiple cameras back to a single collection point.

Learn how the city's needs were achieved in the form of a point-to-point wireless network, as well as what put the winning integrator's proposal over the top.

Detailed Project Bid Wins the Job

The city of Pensacola purchased its first public video surveillance system in 2007. Pleased with the performance of the four-camera, Motorola Canopy wireless network, it wasn't long before law enforcement advocated for a significant expansion.

The city received funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. Armed with a $203,000 grant, the city opened a bid solicitation process seeking integrators that could take the video surveillance system to new heights (pun intended, as will soon be revealed).

"More than 25 people showed up for the prebid meeting and we had seven that actually submitted bids," says Lt. Tommi Lyter of the Pensacola Police Department.

An independent panel was assembled to review and score each of the bid proposals based on content, previous experience, cost and other factors. In the end, one integrator in particular outshined the competition - locally based Advanced Control Concepts Inc. (ACCI).

Lauded for attention to detail in explaining what components would be used and how the installation would proceed, the ACCI proposal "knocked it out of the park," Lyter says.

In the end, it wasn't the lowest bid on the table that persuaded city officials.

"The good news for us it was not one of those solicitations necessarily based on low cost," says ACCI Sales Engineer and Project Manager Doug Taylor. "We were not the low bidder. We were like No. 3, but they felt like our proposal offered them the best value for the city. It was up to us to do a little front-end engineering and explain how the job was going to be accomplished."

Point-to-Point or Bust

Established in 1985 and a member of the PSA Security Network, ACCI is a full-service provider of electronic security solutions to the commercial, institutional, military and government markets. The company has provided wireless solutions for about seven years, which proved beneficial in helping it win the project to expand the Pensacola PD video surveillance system.

Replacing the Motorola system, ACCI selected a point-to-point wireless solution by Fluidmesh, including units from the 2200, 1100 and MITO Series, which are designed specifically for backhaul applications. The grant money allowed the city to initially purchase an additional 13 cameras to add to its existing four Sony 550 pan/tilt/zoom (p/t/z) models. The new additions are all Axis Q6032 p/t/z models using a single Cat-5 cable for power over Ethernet (PoE). At the front end of the system, ACCI elected to go with Lenel's SkyPoint NVR and video management system (VMS), which utilizes OnSSI's Ocularis technology.

The police department conducted a crime survey to determine how it could maximize the coverage area with the additional cameras. On a large city map, the police plotted locations of recent types of crimes. The areas with the most dense crime clusters would receive a camera. Other sites, such as a city park or other public area where festivals and outdoor entertainment are held, also were allotted coverage.

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