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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.

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6 Key Findings of Incident Reporting

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Originally aired: 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.

View this on-demand webinar 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 viewing our on-demand webinar today.

*Role of Technology in Law Enforcement Paperwork Survey 


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Computer Forensics in the Digital Age

Investigators in small- to medium-size departments can process a good amount of digital evidence on their own with the right tools and training.

February 17, 2012  |  by Ronnie Garrett


"People don't know what they don't know until they don't know it," says Det. Michael Fazio of the Bloomington (Ill.) Police Department's cybercrime unit.

He speaks from experience. About eight years ago, the 150-man department found itself facing a homicide it couldn't solve because the evidence and the suspect's alibi resided on a computer.

"At that time we knew enough to go get the computer. However, we didn't know what to do with it," Fazio recalls.

Three regional labs in the state could analyze the evidence but estimated it would take two years. Investigators finally called the U.S. Attorney's Office for help and had the computer analyzed more quickly to disprove the suspect's alibi.

In an effort to prevent this situation from happening again, the city manager and Bloomington PD put money and time behind developing an internal digital forensics unit.

Fazio predicts there are many departments operating as the Bloomington PD did before 2004, and that worries him. "A lot of departments don't even realize they have an issue," he says. "About 80% of everything a person deals with touches something digital. And, if the individual is touching something digital, he or she is leaving evidence behind."

But as troubled economic conditions dramatically slash police budgets and reduce officer counts, it is difficult for many departments to justify putting financial muscle behind digital forensics.

There is some good news in all of this-a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. "A lot of digital crime scenes are turning into portable devices, aka cell phones. The tools needed to retrieve data from those devices are not as expensive as what's used in traditional computer forensics. And 70% of the time data can be retrieved from them by someone with minimal training," says Tom Eskridge, partner at High Tech Crime Institute Group, a Florida company devoted to providing cybercrime training to law enforcement.

Triage Is Where It's At

In 1999, the FBI proclaimed it would handle the entire country's digital forensics needs and set up regional computer forensics labs (RCFLs) across the country. These labs extract and analyze data from any kind of digital evidence, but the demand is high and the turnaround slow.

"The average turnaround time for a computer is 13 months," says Eskridge, who calls the current system, where agencies send out digital evidence for processing, broken. "It's like everyone with a paper cut going to see a trauma surgeon," he says. "We have to start triaging digital evidence if we are going to be successful."

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Sarah Ndulu @ 8/6/2013 12:31 PM

nice article

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