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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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Analyzing DNA Blueprints

Parabon NanoLabs' new Snapshot service uses DNA as an investigative tool to create a composite image of potential suspects.

February 27, 2015  |  by - Also by this author

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Photo: Parabon NanoLabs

Last month, Columbia, S.C., Chief of Police, Skip Holbrook, announced his department was releasing a computer-generated image of a person of interest in a double murder. The image was produced using a new DNA phenotyping service called Snapshot from Parabon NanoLabs.

Snapshot was developed with funding from the Department of Defense by combining a massive catalog of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from thousands of willing subjects with a lot of data mining know-how and high-end computing power. A SNP ("snip") is a change in the DNA sequence that can determine variation of physical traits within a species; for example, the difference in humans between blue and brown eyes. Parabon's DNA scientists and computer technologists have identified the SNPs responsible for such traits and for more subtle aspects of a person's appearance and ancestry.

"A copy of this 'DNA blueprint' exists in every cell of the body, which makes DNA a potentially invaluable source of investigative information," says Ellen McRae Greytak, Ph.D., Parabon's director of bioinformatics. "However, traditional DNA forensic analysis treats DNA as simply a biometric identifier, a 'DNA fingerprint' for matching to a known individual."

Greytak says there are two major law enforcement applications for Snapshot: narrowing down a suspect pool in cases where there are no witnesses and no traditional DNA matches and putting a face on unidentified remains.

Parabon's founder and CEO Steven Armentrout, Ph.D., says Snapshot presents law enforcement with an entirely new way to use DNA analysis. "Heretofore, DNA hasn't been used much as an investigative tool; it's brought in at the end of an investigation for the final ID of the suspect. Snapshot moves DNA analysis to the front of an investigation, which saves both time and money."

Snapshot does much more than reveal an unknown subject's hair color and eye color. It can also be used to determine a subject's ancestry in detail.

One of the stages of Snapshot's development was a validation protocol that was used to test its mathematical models. Potential clients were asked to send Parabon samples of DNA from people unknown to the testers.

Greytak says the validation tests have been very successful and have also shown the value Snapshot offers to investigators. During one of the validation tests, Snapshot revealed the person's ancestry was 50% East Asian, 40% Native American, and 10% European, and detailed analysis determined that the subject's mother was Mexican-American and his father was Japanese. "In a real investigation that result could really narrow your suspect pool," Greytak says.

Once a law enforcement agency contracts with Parabon for the Snapshot service, it sends evidence or extracted DNA to one of Parabon's partner labs, which performs processing to determine the SNP sequences. These sequences are then processed using Parabon's prediction models. The client agency then receives a detailed analysis of the physical characteristics and ancestral background of the subject, including confidence levels for each prediction and a list of characteristics that can be excluded with high confidence. With this information, investigators can streamline their investigation by excluding a wide range of individuals from the suspect pool and focus on the most likely suspects.

Snapshot is available now, and Armentrout says the company is receiving a great response from its potential law enforcement clients. "The big thing we want the law enforcement community to understand is that this is a completely different way to use DNA," he says.

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