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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 

Speakers:

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

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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

Harris Corp.'s BeOn P25 Radio App

Harris Corp.'s new BeOn software application lets officers use their Android phones as police radios.

October 10, 2011  |  by - Also by this author

Photo: Harris Corp.
Photo: Harris Corp.

The promise of private police broadband networks is starting to become a reality. Law enforcement officers will be able to view real-time streaming video of incidents, listen to dispatchers' instructions, and review law enforcement data on smartphones and other digital devices long before they arrive on-scene.

First, though, Congress will have to finalize how much broadband spectrum it's going to allocate to public safety, and the FCC will need to finalize the rules for deploying public safety broadband networks. Then agencies will have to build LTE (long-term evolution) networks, and manufacturers will have to develop secure LTE devices for public safety that combine all the capabilities of a smartphone or tablet computer with a digital land-mobile radio. Maybe the future of public safety broadband communication is not as near as we think.

But what if you could have some of this future technology today without worrying about spectrum allocation and without paying millions and even billions of dollars to build LTE infrastructure?

That's the idea behind the latest public safety communications innovation from Harris Corp., BeOn. Demonstrated at this year's Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) conference in Philadelphia, BeOn is software that inexpensively converts an Android smartphone into a push-to-talk (PTT) Project 25 radio.

"Think of BeOn as a software application that provides voice over broadband for public safety usage," says Paul May, manager of systems marketing for Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. "The simple analogy to this is that it's like Skype for public safety communications."

At the APCO conference in August, Harris demonstrated the capabilities of BeOn using a Samsung Android phone. The software provides two-way radio functions using the Android phone hardware and touchscreen display for PTT.

Once the software is installed, the phone can be connected to the agency's land-mobile radio network. "We took all of the functionality of a P25 standard radio, all of the functionality that we would build into the hardware, and incorporated it into the BeOn software application," May says.

BeOn gives users more than just a way to make secure radio transmissions over an Android phone; it also supplies data for computer-aided dispatch operations. It shows the location of the users and allows officers to indicate their availability for service calls using its presence feature.

May says he envisions BeOn as a way for administrators to stay in communication with field officers when they are too far away to use radios or don't have them available. "You probably wouldn't give line officers smartphones loaded with this application and take away their land-mobile radios," he explains. "But BeOn gives people in administrative positions the ability to maintain connectivity wherever they go, virtually anywhere in the world. We've also had interest from covert operations where an officer could not use a radio but a cell phone would not raise any suspicions."

BeOn could even serve as a lifeline for officers under conditions where their radio network is congested or signals are too weak for effective communications. Since it runs over 3G cellular data systems, it is not reliant on the availability of the LMR network, only cell signal strength. May says public safety personnel should consider BeOn a "belt and suspenders approach because the coverage of LMR and cellular never exactly overlaps." In other words, it can act as backup for a worst case scenario.

May says BeOn can be thought of as a bridge to the future of public safety communications. "The technology that we are developing now as part of commercial cellular applications has capability to run over LTE networks," he explains.

BeOn is scheduled for release in March 2012.

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Terry Brennan @ 10/28/2011 1:49 PM

RACOM will be adding this service as part of the P25 migration on the RACOM Network.

Steve Samuels @ 6/27/2012 9:35 AM

This is great stuff!!! I've used Harris while in the military and they are super dependable! Looking forward to having this technology and getting rid of the "brick" that is on my hip!! Way to go Harris!!

Chaddy11 @ 12/28/2012 12:09 PM

BeOn is now available at RACOM and works with Momentum DMR radios and our state-wide EDACS network. Find more product information on www.racom.net. We are expecting it to be available for purchase outside of Iowa in the very near future.

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