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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 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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On-Body Video: The Future of Policing Arrives

On-body video systems give officers an edge when dealing with tech-savvy criminals.

July 08, 2013  |  by

TASER Axon Flex image courtesy of TASER International.
TASER Axon Flex image courtesy of TASER International.
When it comes to policing and technology, we struggle to keep up with tech-savvy criminals. Yes, the private sector can deploy a disproportionate amount of technology because they don't need to worry about the rules of evidence or search and seizure.

Recent unrest in the streets of Istanbul, Turkey provides a compelling example of this. Protesters used video from an unmanned aerial vehicle to keep an eye on the riot control police. They knew what the police were doing, giving them a clear tactical advantage.

Meanwhile, the use of drones remains off limits to U.S. local law enforcement. Nobody wants police looking into their backyard from 500 feet in the air, but for a few hundred bucks any citizen can legally buy and deploy a UAV to record anything they want.

Pick virtually any technology and the story repeats itself. The criminals acquire it and use it to foil our efforts. When we finally adopt it, the criminals find a new technology to make our efforts obsolete. It's a never-ending game of catch-up for law enforcement.

The rules of the game may be changing. Forward-looking agencies embrace new technology at about the same time as the rest of society. That seems to be the case with on-body video systems. Agencies such as the Lake Havasu (Ariz.) Police Department outfitted their full complement of officers with the TASER Axon Flex video system.

Point of view cameras such as Google Glass and the GoPro Hero have made their way into the public realm. Extreme athletes and amateur adventurists popularized the GoPro cameras. Some departments use the civilian-marketed POV cameras in specialized units. But you can't very well mount a GoPro on an officer without it looking silly. Enter the next generation of miniature cameras made for law enforcement—ones you can mount on your eyeglasses, hat, or collar.

Point of view cameras remain in their infancy from a technological perspective, but they've gotten small enough for police work. In the July issue of POLICE ("Eye Witness or Big Brother?"), we explore on-officer video choices and show how police departments are putting this technology to use. We also give you an overview of the currently available options from Digital Ally, Panasonic, TASER, and Vievu. These specialized cameras use the same technology available to the rest of society. The companies developing these specialized cameras are doing their part. Now, police departments must do their part.

Law enforcement agencies need to continue to find ways to embrace and use technology as it becomes available. It's not always easy to do, but we need to listen to the experts in our own ranks and build elasticity into our procedures so we can acquire and use this technology. This means everything should be on the table when it comes to using technology to better police the community.

So who are the experts? Chances are it's not the older generation of officers who typically make organizational decisions.  Agencies need to look to the generations raised in the digital age. Supervisors, managers, and command staff need to create an environment where the experts—who are often the newest of our officers—have a say in how we acquire and use new technology.

Wise leaders listen to the experts at every level in an organization. It's the same in law enforcement. It's the only way we can close the technology gap between the criminals and the police.

Mark W. Clark is a 27-year veteran police sergeant. He has served as public information officer, training officer, and as supervisor of various detective and patrol squads.

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Bill @ 7/12/2013 8:48 AM

This looks to be a great product but is priced and marketed out of the reach of the individual officer. Most LE organizations do not have the funds to sponsor such a large expense. Take a look at the Apple IIe story and how it made millions for its inventors. They marketed to the individual home user. I can buy a reliable product now for hundreds of dollars but like the versitility of this product better and the reputation of the manufacturer. But, it is far to expensive and organizationally marketed and not to the larger purchasing population, the individual LE officer.

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