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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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The Next-Generation Moving Target

GNAT Warfare's fast-moving new Tactical Target can be programmed to run autonomously or be operated by radio control.

August 20, 2015  |  by - Also by this author

The Tactical Target drops when hit center mass but pops up again at command of the operator. 
The Tactical Target drops when hit center mass but pops up again at command of the operator. 

Managing partner of GNAT Warfare George Ford says the company has a motto. "We blow stuff up." It's even on Ford's business card, only it doesn't say "stuff." GNAT Warfare's motto is currently very accurate. But it might not be soon.

The company was built on exploding radio-controlled aerial targets. Now GNAT Warfare is expanding its offerings with a new line of radio-controlled ground targets for law enforcement, military, and civilian tactical training.

GNAT Warfare's new Tactical Target is a fast-moving, self-propelled target system built on a motorized carriage. Ford says the company originally envisioned its new product as a ground version of its reactive and exploding aerial targets. "We wanted to build a ground target and load it with explosives and have it blow up as just another attraction," he explains. "It was going to be a target that travels parallel to the shooting line while people fired at it with ARs, and it would explode."

The original marketing plan changed when GNAT Warfare saw more potential for the ground system. "Some of our customers wanted them for training tactical shooters," Ford says. To meet that demand, GNAT Warfare redeveloped the ground target as a tactical training tool.

The GNAT Warfare Tactical Target comes in three versions:

  • A tall silhouette version of the target system features a human torso and head target that can be fitted with reactive clay pigeons. Also, since the black material of the target scuffs white, shooters can track their shots by marks on the target.
  • A pop-up-and-down target that teaches shooters both accuracy and threat awareness. Center mass hits drop the target. But it can pop up at any time when it receives the operator's or instructor's radio-controlled commands. In a multiple target environment, this system can be used to train students to stay alert to potential threats from targets that appear to be down. "It's hard to eliminate a threat, and just because threats go down that doesn't mean they are out," Ford says.
  • A target on a gimbal that can move along a number of different axes and be programmed to behave erratically and in a more lifelike manner. Like the other versions of the GNAT Warfare Tactical Target, the gimbaled version can also be operated by a human via radio control. "That's one of the things our customers like about our targets is that it's human against human," Ford says. "You have a thinking person at the controls.

The targets can also be fitted with "eyes," cameras that let the operator maneuver them in tight quarters and see the movement and position of the shooters. Ford says the camera-equipped targets can be very effective for urban training in shoot houses.

GNAT Warfare will be supplying the Tactical Target to law enforcement and to training companies by the end of this month and hopes to eventually start selling the product to individual customers. "The SWAT guys are extremely interested in it. They see our Tactical Target as a really good training tool," he says.

And there are clearly applications for the Tactical Target system outside of SWAT. Ford says the target can be fitted with "arms" and a variety of objects can be attached to the hands, including replica weapons and benign items like cellphones or hairbrushes. Ford believes that, in this configuration, the Tactical Target could make an excellent shoot-don't shoot training tool for law enforcement.

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